Deciduous Forest Animals


Snails, slugs, insects, and spiders are common inhabitants of the deciduous forest, and many cold-blooded vertebrates, such as snakes, frogs, salamanders, and turtles, are also present. Birds are represented by warblers, flycatchers, thrushes, woodpeckers, hawks, and owls. Prominent mammals include mice, moles, chipmunks, rabbits, weasels, foxes, bears, and deer.

Adapting in nature is a major factor in whether or not an animal will survive. In the forest such adaptations are a snail's hard outer shell which is protection and shelter. A deer's antlers which serve as protection from its enemies. A chipmunk's speed, tree climbing ability, and camouflage help it escape predators. A rabbit's speed makes it to hard to catch, and a bear's overwhelming strength make other animals avoid it.

Plants are used both for a food source, and for most small animal's shelter. It can also provide a shady place for those hot summer days, or can be used as wind protection.

Health Issues

Constant logging in the deciduous forests is destroying animal's shelter and homes. Logging has gotten to the extent that it can even destroy a species. One species that is in constant battle with logging companies is the spotted owl. Logging has destroyed its homes and species. The logging of the forest has gotten so out of hand that it has put the spotted owl on the endangered species list.

Pollution and littering also contribute to animal deaths in the forest. The forest has always been thought of as an easy place to dump garbage and get away with it with no harm done. Actually the only harm done is to the animals. They can get poisoned or trapped in the garbage and die. If pollution is not stopped it will end up taking millions of animal lives that could be saved.



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