Grasslands Flora and Fauna Showcase
There is a lot of examples of amazing and interesting animals an predators that live within Grassland Biomes. Lets take a look at a few examples.
Here are some examples of Temperate Grasslands Fauna.
Temperate Grasslands Fauna: Wolves, coyotes, swift foxes, badgers, black-footed ferrets, parrows, hawks and owls.
Here are some examples of Tropical Grasslands Fauna.
Tropical Grasslands Fauna: giraffes, zebras, buffaloes, kangaroos, snakes, beetles, lions, leopards, hyenas, and elephants.
Here is a quick analysis of 2 different animals and their needs to adapt these biomes.
Hyena: Hyenas are part of the Hyaenidae family. They usually live for 12 years in the wild and the zoo. Hyenas will eat lizards, birds, snakes and insects. They can also have the ability to take down an antelope or wildebeest. They are typically found to inhabitant the grasslands. Hyenas are quick which allows them to survive in the open tropical grassland areas like savanna. They are scavengers, and have strong jaws that will be really good on their pray. That allows them to survive in places like savanna.
Zebras: Zebras only had 1 subspecies, which died off. Zebras have a life span of 25 years in the wild. They like to diet on primarily a variety of grasses. They are also known to eat shrubs, herbs, twigs, leaves and bark. Zebras live in the Grassland mainly. They are able to adapt to the vast conditions, by staying in a heard, which has eyes out for predators at all times. They are able to also run away from them, and sometimes camflage from unique grasslands predators like Lions and Hyenas, or other bugs and insects. This allows them to cope with Grassland Conditions.
There is a lot of examples of interesting and fascinating flora and plants that live within Grassland Biomes. Lets take a look at a few examples.
Here are some examples of Temperate Grasslands Flora.
Temperate Grasslands Flora: Cottonwoods, oaks, willows purple needlegrass, blue grama, buffalo grass, sunflowers, clovers, psoraleas, and wild indigos.
Here are some examples of Tropical Grasslands Flora.
Tropical Grasslands Flora: Acacia senegal, candelabra tree, jackalberry tree, umbrella thorn acacia, whistling thorn, Bermuda grass, baobabs, and elephant grass
Here is a quick look of 2 very different types of plants and their needs to adapt to grasslands biomes.
Sunflowers: Sunflowers belong to the Asteraceae family, and subfamily of Asteroideae. It is part of the sunflower family. The Habitat of the sunflower consists of dry, open areas [Like Grasslands]. It grows best in sunny, moist, or disturbed areas. Sunflowers eat their own food and absorb off sunlight. In green fields like grasslands, they will have a life span of 3 and a half months. During growth, sunflowers tilt during the day to face the sun, but stop once they begin blooming. This is just one of the ways they make themselves be able to survive longer in the grassland habitat.
Whistling Thorn: The Whistling Thorn (Commonly known as Acacia Tree) belongs to the family Fabaceae. The whistling thorn is an acacia tree commonly seen on the savannah of East Africa. It is said that the Whistling Thorn has a life span of 1000 years. It feeds on some sort of nutrients that the ants that live there, give it. The whistling thorn, developed several ways to survive the severely hot and dry climate in the Grasslands. It's leaves have evolved into many tiny leaflets which can turn to absorb sunlight, or even avoid it. These many leaflets are also beneficial when animals come to graze on them. The Whistling Thorn also protects itself with its pair of long thorns. It also, during the dry season on the savanna, this whistling thorn will drop its leaves to conserve water! It also has other ways in which it protects itself from the Grasslands environment.
What adaptions help the animals survive?
The expose the grasslands animals face is a amazing challenge. They have to cope with hot weather, cold, rain and with predators everywhere. In places like the forest animals have to be more agile and quick due to the quick sun loving animals, speed is the key to survival. Without many trees or rocks due to weather conditions, without much precipitation and sunlight at times, grassland animals have to learn how to camouflager from their predators. Sometimes this means 1 species has to warn another about species. The climate conditions have a big impact to this sort of behavior, because of not much rain at times, and other times not much sunlight, it is usually open areas, and dead grass, with not too many plants. These animals have to adept in order to survive.