US Biomes


Data Table

Biome Common Animals Common Plants Climate Temperature Rainfall
Tundra
  • arctic hare
  • arctic fox
  • musk ox
  • lichens
  • mosses
  • dwarfed shrubs
  • short growing season
  • long, cold, dark winters
  • 6-10 months / year with avg. temp < 32°
<5" / year
Taiga
  • lynx
  • weasel family
  • hare
  • squirrel
  • elk
  • moose
  • coniferous trees
  • some deciduous
  • long, severe winters
  • short, humid summers
  • 6 months / year with avg temp < 32°
  • wide temp range in summer
15 - 20" / year
Tropical Rain Forest
  • monkey
  • high species diversity
  • air plants
  • vines
  • tropical trees
  • warm year round
  • brief periods of reduced rain
  • > 64°
> 100" / year
Grasslands
  • bison
  • gopher
  • prairie dog
  • low species diversity
  • perennial grasses
  • semi arid
  • warm to hot summers
10 - 20" / year
Desert
  • reptiles
  • shrubs
  • cacti
  • arid
  • variable
  • 70 - 100° F
< 10" / year
Temperate Rain Forest
  • white tail deer
  • pronghorn
  • spotted owl
  • deciduous trees
  • shrubs
  • perennials
  • 6 month growing season
  • warm, humid summer
  • cold winters
20 - 60" / year
Alpine