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Geography, Weather, & Wildlife of Kuwait

Geography

Kuwait sits in between two historic powers in Iraq to the north and Saudi Arabia to the south. Yet, this tiny Middle Eastern country has survived as it has a large border with the Persian Gulf to its east.

Kuwait is a very flat deserted country primarily covered in sand. The only true variation to this flat desert is in the country's northeast near the Tigris and Euphrates River delta, where there are some swamps, but few of any true significance.

Weather

Kuwait is hot and dry as it is entirely desert and this doesn't change much throughout the year although temperatures can dip a bit during the winter months. During the summers, which last from about April to November average high temperatures are around 110° F (44° C). During the short winters, temperatures only reach about 75° F (23° C) during the day and at night can get much cooler, especially if winds from the Persian Gulf bring in some humidity. Winter nights can get near freezing, although this is rare.

Wildlife

Kuwaiti Wildlife - Arabian camel
Arabian camel

Kuwait is primarily desert and this greatly affects its wildlife, or lack thereof. There are a few mammals in the country, but they are decreasing in numbers and include the jackal, fox, and hares. The sea life is similar to the mammals inland as there are no true lakes or rivers, however the Persian Gulf is home to numerous animals, including shrimp, oysters, and hundreds of fish species.

The bird life in Kuwait is fairly impressive (considering it is a desert) as there are a number of migratory birds and water fowls. Among these are swallows, skylarks, wrens, eagles, cormorants, and terns. In the subject of reptiles there are some lizards, geckos, and snakes, while amphibians are rare due to the desert. There are also numerous insects in Kuwait as well as spiders and some scorpions.

This page was last updated: March, 2013