Animals living in the Temperate forest habitat

Temperate forests are located between the tropics and polar regions in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Although the climate in these areas is moderate, the weather changes every few months with the arrival of each new season - autumn, winter, spring and summer. There are three main layers in temperate forests - the canopy, understory and forest floor. And it is here that we find a great diversity in animal life.

Countries with temperate forests are famous for their signature wildlife. Australia is home to koalas, possum, kookaburras, wallabies, wombats and other kinds of marsupials. Giant and red pandas can be found in China's forest region. In Canada and the United States there are rabbits, bobcats, mountain lions, deer, bears and many species of birds - owls, cardinals, hawks and woodpeckers being the most common. But don't overlook the littlest residents in these areas as well. There are a great varieties of insects, slugs, salamanders, frogs and turtles that all play an important part in the temperate forest dynamic.

Every species uses its unique traits to survive in this habitat. This can be anything from markings or coloring that help them stay camouflaged to being nocturnal. More importantly though, animals living in the temperate forest must adapt to the changing seasons. Depending on the availability of food, they either hibernate or migrate to a warmer place. This usually happens during winter.

Of all biomes, the temperate forest is the one that changes most, making for a very interesting natural habitat.

Even-toed ungulates

Black muntjac
Chinese goral
Bighorn sheep
Snow sheep
Pampas deer
Cuvier's gazelle
Dwarf bharal
Himalayan tahr
West caucasian tur
East caucasian tur
Spanish ibex


Bay lynx
African caracal
Back-striped weasel
Racoon dog
Argentine gray fox
Andean fox
Giant panda
Jungle cat
Lesser panda
Gray fox
Wild cat
California channel island fox
Asiatic black bear
Cross fox
Leopard cat
American jackal
Arctic wolf
Red wolf
Eurasian lynx
Iberian lynx


Lesser long-fingered bat
New zealand lesser short-tailed bat
Kuhl's pipistrelle
Common pipistrelle
Endo's pipistrelle
Canary big-eared bat
Asian barbastelle
Lesser great leaf-nosed bat
Bonin flying fox
Greater long-nosed bat
Little japanese horseshoe bat
Imaizumi's horseshoe bat

Dasyuroid marsupials and marsupial carnivores

Brush-tailed phascogale

Kangaroos, possums, wallabies, and relatives

Long-footed potoroo


Eastern tree dassie

Hares, pikas, and rabbits

Omilteme cottontail
Mexican cottontail
Arctic hare
Yarkland hare
Volcano rabbit

Monito del monte

Monito del monte

Shrew opossums

Chilean shrew opossum


Crab-eating macaque
Rhesus macaque
Barbary ape


African elephant


Caucasian squirrel
Arizona gray squirrel
Eurasian beaver
Eurasian red squirrel
Northern birch mouse
Caucasian snow vole
Long-tailed birch mouse
European snow vole
Kazbeg birch mouse
Robert's snow vole
Gray birch mouse
Kluchor birch mouse
Idaho ground squirrel
Ryukyu long-tailed giant rat
Alfaro's rice rat
Asia minor spiny mouse
Palmer's chipmunk
Talamancan rice rat
Crete spiny mouse
Gray-footed chipmunk
White-eared pocket mouse
Asian garden dormouse
Cyprus spiny mouse
Idaho pocket gopher
Hodgson's giant flying squirrel
Chinese jumping mouse
Groove-toothed flying squirrel
Muennink's spiny rat
Bhutan giant flying squirrel
Woolly flying squirrel
Namaqua rock rat
Ryukyu spiny rat
Complex-toothed flying squirrel
Long-tailed field mouse
White-footed vole
Cape mole rat
California red tree mouse
Japanese dormouse
Michoacan pocket gopher
Hairy-footed flying squirrel
Russian flying squirrel
Bushy-talied woodrat
Golden mouse


Large hairy armadillo
Common long-nosed armadillo
Six-banded armadillo

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