Temperate Deciduous Forest Biome Facts

Temperate Deciduous Forest Biome Facts
The temperate deciduous forest biome is characterized by its leaf-shedding trees and its seasons. This biome experiences all four seasons - winter, spring, summer, and fall. The temperate deciduous forest biome is located in the United States, Canada, Europe, China, and Japan. There are also some parts of Russia that contain this biome.
Interesting Temperate Deciduous Forest Biome Facts:
The temperate deciduous forest biome is subdivided onto five zones. The zone levels are dependent upon the height of the trees.
The temperate deciduous forest gets its name because the temperatures are temperate meaning they are not extreme.
Temperate deciduous forests receive 30 - 60 inches of rain each year and are ranked second only to the rainforest as the rainiest biome.
Although the average temperature is 50° F, the winter typically sees temperatures below freezing.
The trees of the temperate deciduous forest are deciduous of course. Their leaves change color with the season and eventually fall to the ground during winter.
The four seasons are easily recognizable and each lasts about 3 months.
Because there are deciduous trees here, the soil is very fertile and rich with nutrients.
Many of the trees in the temperate deciduous forest contain sap which they use to keep their roots from freezing during the winter.
Some insects of the temperate deciduous biome cannot survive winter so they lay eggs before they die. These eggs can survive winter and hatch once spring arrives.
Black bears, wolves, and coyotes are very common animals that live in the temperate deciduous forest biome.
Most animals in this biome are camouflaged with the ground so they blend in and can escape predators.
Animals of this biome have to be extremely adaptive to deal with the ever changing seasons.
The trees provide shelter, food, and also water for animals of this biome.
The growing season of the temperate deciduous forest lasts about six month.
The leaves of deciduous trees change color in the fall because the plant or tree stops producing chlorophyll which is what gives them their green color.

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