Deciduous Forest

Vegetation
Animals
Climate
Health Issues

Vegetation

The vegetation in the deciduous forest is very scattered. It includes many different kinds of trees and plants. Each plant is affected by the different animals and the climate that populates a deciduous forest.

One type of the deciduous forest vegetation includes the Silver Maple tree. This is a very pretty, well-known, looking tree that resembles the regular Maple, but with different shape and size in the bark and leaves. The forest has only hardwood trees with leaves like; oak, hickory, ash, and beech. The trees here grow 80-100 feet tall.

Another type of tree in the deciduous forest is the ever-so popular mistle toe. This is found in the trees and then shot down and used for holiday decorations.

One of the plants in the deciduous forest is the Butter Nut White. This is a pretty flower with long, beautiful petals which we wish would stay blooming all year round.

Animals

There are many deciduous animals. All wildlife is abundant. Bears, deer, bobcats, racoons, squirrels, birds, and invertebrates are some of them. During the winter months the land is usually frozen and unavailable to animals.

A snake, named the Viper looks sluggish except when it is alarmed. Usually it spends much of its time basking in the sun on a tree stump. It feeds on small animals such as lizards and nesting birds. Mating takes place in the spring. Females lay 4-18 eggs.

Bears are large scary carnivores that care for their young. If you see a bear with its young then you better be careful because it will kill you if it sees you. These bears are brown bears and Grizzlies. Grizzlies are the meanest and toughest type of bears.

Another animal in the Deciduous Forest is the bobcat. This animal resembles a house cat but is just a little bit bigger. It has dark colored fur and eats mainly little rodents or anything it can capture.

A squirrel is a rodent that lives and nests in the trees. It mainly feeds on nuts and berries. The squirrel finds and stores food for the winter because they hibernate and need food for the cold freezing season.

Climate

Temperatures in the deciduous forest vary. It has cold winters that are usually frozen and hot summers. The mild temperature and moisture give the forest a well defined season about five to six months for growing. This forest receives around 30-60 inches of rain a year. The precipitation spreads throughout the year.

The soils are fertile with lots of leaf litter, and it's dominated by broadleaf deciduous hardwood trees. The original deciduous forests have been mostly cut down and only the second growth remains.

Health Issues

Health issues in the deciduous forest include problems which might occur through animals and the climate. You may be at risk without the proper equipment.

The animal issue in the forest could cause great danger because of the population of snakes. If you are bitten, and you do not have the proper antidote, your pretty much out of luck, unless the snake is not poisonous. Another problem could be a confrontion with a bear, or a mountain lion, if you do not have a safe place to hide. Many other animals can cause a threat to the deciduous forest, but if you stay safe, and have materials that can be put to good use, you can have a wonderful time.

The climate in the deciduous forest varies. It commonly follows most seasons with its weather, but you don't know what to expect. If you are caught in the cold with no blanket you may freeze to death, or you could come down with heat sickness when you are alone. It is recommended to stay in a group and certainly not go alone to make sure you are safe.

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