NC Deciduous Forest

By: Mary Grace Ussary


Deciduous Forests have a moist continental climate. This biome also has four distinct seasons, spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Summers average at around 70 degrees Fahrenheit and winter temperatures only drop down to a little below freezing. The ocean and wind are the main factors that cause the temperature and climate to change so much over time.

Precipitation also share a huge part in the climate of a biome. In the winter Deciduous Forests have an average of 14 inches of precipitation and in the summer they have around 18 inches.

Types of Plants

A common plant that grows in the Deciduous Forest biome is the American Beech tree which is part of the grandifolia species. It is common in this region because of the deep, rich, moist, well-drained soil. It is a tall, and wide tree that will grow from anywhere to 90 to 100 feet tall.

Carpet Moss is another common plant that grows in this biome. They are mostly found at the base of trees and literally carpets the ground. It starts off as a golden/ green color and grows darker as it ages.

Common lime is another plant that lives in this biome. Here it is known as the linden tree, and it can live to be about 500 years old.

Types of Animals

The American Bald Eagle is one of the many animals that lives in the Deciduous forest. They generally live 25 years out in the wild and it is one of the largest flying birds in the US. One interesting fact about the Bald Eagle is that the females are usually larger than the males in size.

American Black Bear also live in this biome. They weigh anywhere from 220 to 594 pounds and can run up to 25 mph. They can grow to be 5 to 6 feet long, and they can live up to 25 years.

Another common animal is the coyote. They can weigh anywhere from 15 to 44 pounds, and grow 30 to 40 inches long.