Members of this species are psammophillic (sand dwelling), occurring in very arid, dry habitats such as deserts. They are found in desert habitats ranging from plains with little vegetation to rocky valleys with shrubs and trees. They live in extreme conditions with daily surface temperatures reaching up to 124ºC during the daytime, while nighttime temperatures can drop as low as -0.5ºC. (Cunningham, 2002; Goodman and Helmy, 1986; IUCN World Conservation Union, 1996)
- Cunningham, P. 2002. Status of the Sand Cat, Felis margarita, in the United Arab Emirates. Zoology in the Middle East, 25: 9-14.
- Goodman, S., I. Helmy. 1986. The sand cat Felis margarita Loche, 1858 in Egypt. Mammalia, volume 50, number 1: 120-123.