Temperate Grasslands

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Introduction

Do you want to know what it feels like to live in a grassland biome? Do you want to live in this interesting location and this hot climate? When you here about the plant and animal adaptations you will pack up your stuff and come live in this fascinating biome.

location

Hey! Did you know that Grasslands exist on every content accept for Antarctica? Temperate Grasslands cover most of North America, Asia, Europe and South America. Grasslands are mostly above the equator. Did you know Grasslands cover 25% of the Earth? Grasslands are mostly covered with grass.They do not not have enough rain to form a forest. Grasslands are generally open and flat. That is where Grasslands are located in the world.

climate

Climate is a place with average weather conditions over a period of time. Climate in the Grasslands is mostly dry and windy. It is averaging about 20 to 100 centimeters (8 to 40 inches) of rain per year. Summers are very hot and may reach 38⁰ C (100⁰F). Winter temperatures mostly become below freezing which is 0⁰C (32⁰F). There are two seasons. One season is a growing season. Another season is the dormant season. No grass can grow in the dormant season because it is really cold. The Grasslands in the southern hemisphere get more precipitation than the northern hemisphere. As you can see the climate changes drastically in the Grasslands biome.

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Grasslands Climate Rm 1 by wampatuck5

Plant Adaptations

Why do plants have to adapt to their environment? Come and explore the Temperate Grasslands to find out! Plants have to adapt so they can match their surroundings to survive. An adaptation is a way for something to adjust to their natural environment. The plants that are dominant to the grasslands are different types of grasses. They are found where there is not enough rainfall for a forest to grow and there is too much rainfall for a desert. One of the adaptations that grasses have in this environment is that they grow from the bottom up so when there is a wild fire they will still have their roots. Another adaptation is that they turn dormant and go brown so they can survive well. They do this so they can store energy. Grasses and plants have to adapt because if they don’t they would not be able to survive in their surroundings.


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Plant Adapts Temp Grasslands Rm 1 by wampatuck5

animal adaptations

Let’s go! Explore with me as we look at the animals and their adaptations in the Temperate Grasslands! Temperate Grasslands are home to some of the coolest, greatest animals! Some of these animals are gazelle, deer, mice, jackrabbits, snakes, and one of the most feared predators, the coyotes! If these animals want to live, they need to adapt to their environment. The Temperate Grassland environment is mostly dry and windy. One animal that adapts in this environment is the Temperate Grassland kangaroo rat. Their adaptation to living here is to not sweat. This helps conserve water in the dry season. Another animal that adapts in the Temperate Grassland is the Temperate Grassland gopher. They build underground homes known as burrows. They hibernate and store food underground, too. There are many adaptations that animals do here to survive. Two of them I have already told you. They don’t sweat, which I have said, helps take in water in the dry season. Another adaption in the Temperate Grassland environment is growing thick coats of fur. One animal that does this is the bison. They do this to protect them during the winter. One of the last adaptations animals do in Temperate Grasslands is to burrow underground. As I have said already, instead of migrating, they burrow underground, hibernate, and store food down there until it comes to the season where they awake. Most animals migrate, such as birds, or hibernate, such as gophers. All in all, as you can see, animals have very interesting ways to adapting in the Temperate Grassland biome.


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Temp Grassland Animals Rm1 by wampatuck5

conclusion

Aren’t grasslands a fascinating biome? Do you want to pack up your stuff and move to this biome? Grassland biomes have a cool location and a hot climate anyone will enjoy. If you see this biome in real life you will be amazed by this interesting biome.

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