Temperate Deciduous Forest

By: Paul Haberstock

Animal Life

Most animals in this biome hibernate. This means that they sleep for the winter and live off the land in the other 3 seasons. Most of the animals in this biome are camouflaged to look like the ground. Some animals that adapt are:
Bald Eagle:
  • the Bald Eagle has 3 times the sight of humans so they can seek out their prey.
  • it also has a curved beak so it can tear up its food
Black Bear:
  • has a thick furry coat which allows it to survive during the winter
Fat Dormouse:
  • this creature creates its home in hollowed out logs and tree stumps.
Predator and Prey relationships:
  • The Eastern Box Turtle feeds on earthworms and other invertebrates
  • Bats prey on Luna moths
  • Owls feed on rodents on the forest floor
  • The cored bug feeds on caterpillars
  • A coyote and a mountain lion fight over deer and rabbits
  • A swallow and a blue jay fight for nuts and berries
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Vitals of the Biome

The Temperate Decidious Forests are normally located near oceans. Some common locations of Temperate Decidious Forests are: Eastern United States, parts of Russia, China, Japan, and most of Europe.  Temperate Decidous Forests have many abiotic factors aswell. They include: Rocks, Water, Soil, Sunlight, Air mass, Air, Rain, Temperature, and Climate. The climate of tehses forests are very mild. They have mild summers with temperatures averaging about 70 degrees. In the winter, temperatures average just below freezing. They experience just ove 14 inches of rain in the summer and over 18 inches in the winter.
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The Temperate Deciduous Forest has a Moist Continental Climate. It has four distinct seasons(spring, summer,fall,and winter). The Forest experiences mild summers with temperatures averaging 70 degrees. The summer months normally begin in early june and end in late august. The winter season doesn't start to a least December. The forest has a chilly winter experiencing temperatures just below freezing. Most every Temperate Deciduous Forest is located by an ocean. Deciduous forest usually have about 14 inches of rain in the winter moths and over 18 in the summer months.

Ecological Concerns

There are 3 main threats to this biome they are:
  1. Pollution
  2. Exotic Species
  3. Clearing
There are many endangered species in this biome. Two of these species are:
    1. Wood Turtle
    2. Blue Spotted Salamander
    This biome is very globally important because it house so many animals. It also has a humungous amount of trees which contribute to the oxygen level in the atmosphere, This biome is very beneficial

    Plants located in this biome

    Most plants that live in the temperate forest have special adaptations that allow them to live in this area. The trees in this area have actual leaves instead of pine needles. The leaves always change colors with the seasons. In the summer the leaves are green, which helps them use photosynthesis. In the fall, the leaves turn colors such as red, yellow and even orange.


    1.) Hardwood Trees like maple, oak, birch, and beech all have very thick, hard bark which protects them from the cold winters.

    2.) Many of these trees also drop their leaves in the autumn to prevent water loss.

    3.) These trees also have very broad leaves which allows them to absorb more sunlight.

    4.) In the spring, the warmer temperatures let the trees know that its time to make new leaves

    5.) Wildflowers grow on the forest floor in the early spring to shade the forest floor

    Works Cited

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    "Temperate Deciduous Forest Animal Printouts - EnchantedLearning.com." Temperate Deciduous Forest Animal Printouts - EnchantedLearning.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Sept. 2013.

    "Temprate Decidous Forest." Blue Planet Biomes - World Biomes. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Sept. 2013.