Grasslands: Animals

Contributor: Samantha Penna. Lesson ID: 11287

Grass is not the only thing that lives in grasslands. There are lots of interesting animals as well, including an animal called "the candy bar of the prairie." Watch cool videos and write a fun paper!

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World

subject
Geography
learning style
Visual
personality style
Lion
Grade Level
Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

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Can you name any animals that are found in grasslands? Below is one you might recognize:

giraffe

Grasslands are found all over the world.

So far, you have learned about the two types of grasslands. Can you name them? Tell a parent or teacher. Did you say the two types of grasslands are temperate grasslands and tropical grasslands? Great! How can you tell the difference between temperate and tropical grasslands? Tell a parent or teacher. One way you can tell the difference is by how much rainfall the grassland gets. Tropical grasslands get much more rain than temperate grasslands.

zebra

In this lesson, you will learn about the animals that are found in both types of grasslands. Temperate and tropical grasslands both have similar animals. The most common animals you will see in grasslands are large herbivores. Herbivores are animals that eat only plants.

gazelle


Temperate grasslands are home to many different types of animals. Some of the grazing herbivores (animals that only eat plants) that live here include bison, pronghorn, deer, and antelope.

Small animals can be found here as well. Rabbits, badgers, prairie dogs, and mice are some of the small animals you may find hiding in the grass here!

Common carnivores (meat eaters) that live here include swift foxes, wolves, coyotes, and black-footed ferrets.

Temperate grasslands are home to birds like owls, meadowlarks, and sparrows.

Insects and arachnids can also be found here. They make great food for the small mammals and birds.

The last type of animal that can be found here are reptiles. Snakes are commonly found slithering through the grass!

The image on the left is a praire dog, and the image on the right is a bison.


Tropical grasslands (savannas) are home to several animals that are similar to those found in temperate grasslands. Grazing herbivores are found all over the savanna. Elephants, zebras, antelope, kangaroos, buffalo, and giraffes are all common grazing herbivores that can be found here.

Small mammals like ground squirrels, mice, gophers, and moles can be found living in the grasses of the savanna.

Carnivores like lions, leopards, cheetahs, and hyenas feed on the grazing herbivores and small mammals that live here.

Birds found here include emus, quails, pigeons, and parrots. These birds feed on the ants, beetles, and spiders that live in tropical grasslands.

Snakes are also found slithering through the grasses of the savanna.

The image on the top is a cheetah, and the image on the bottom is elephants:


Animals found in the temperate and tropical grasslands were specially created to survive the dry seasons, forest fires, predators, and the lack of shade. For example, some of the small mammals, like prairie dogs and ground squirrels, have strong paws that allow them to burrow into the ground to keep them safe from predators. These small mammals also are nocturnal (active at night). Being active at night helps hide them from predators that might spot them during the day.

You may have noticed that many of the animals that live in grasslands have brown, tan, or grey fur. Their camouflage helps them blend into their surroundings. Another way animals survive in grasslands is by migrating during the dry season. These animals travel to other places to escape from the drought. Without water, they would not be able to survive.

The image on the left is an ant eater, and the image on the right is a fox.

ant eater and a fox

Before you move on to the next section, tell a parent or teacher one way animals survive in grasslands. Make sure you include how this special characteristic helps them survive. After you have answered this question, move on to the next section.

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