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  1. Tropical Grasslands By: Courtney M Adele F

  2. Temperature • Average annual temperature 17°C • Winter temperature 15°C • Summer Temperature 20°C • (Living in the Environment) Picture (RSI Version)

  3. Map Of Tropical Grasslands Around The World (Grasslands)

  4. Climate Zones Grasslands

  5. Annual Precipitation • 50.8 cm - 127.0 cm • (Grasslands) Microsoft Clipart

  6. Plants • The plants of the tropical grasslands are very specific because they need to stand up to very long dry periods. Such as Shrubs, grass, and bushes. • They have long roots to reach deep into the ground. • Think bark to resists burns from fire. • The tree leaves also fall off in the winter to save water. • Grass grows from the bottom up so that the grazers do not damage the root • (Grasslands Habitat)

  7. Adaptations (Plants) • The grasses have adaptations that keep animals from eating them • Some of the grass is sharp or bitter tasting for some animals, but not to others. • The benefit of this is that different animals have food to eat. • Different animals eat different parts of the plants. • (Grasslands Habitat)

  8. Animals • There are thousands of organisms that live in the grasslands. • They all co-exist in that they eat at different times of the day. • Also they have preferences of what kind of food they like to eat. • There are 16 different herbivores in the grasslands. • (Grasslands Habitat)

  9. Animals cont. • Some of the carnivores are lions, leopards, cheetahs, jackals and hyenas. • Most of the animals can go days without water. • These animals live here because they can survive the long dry months. • (Grasslands Habitat)

  10. Adaptations (Animals) • Most of the animals have long legs/wings so that they can make it on long migration routes. • Many burrow under ground to avoid the heat or raise their young. • The tropical grasslands are great for birds of prey like hawks. Since it is so open the birds can see their prey from miles away. • (Grasslands Habitat)

  11. Adaptations (Animals) cont. • Animals don’t sweat so they don’t lose body heat. • Instead they have to lose it through panting or through large areas of skin like elephants ears. • (Grasslands Habitat)

  12. Biomass Pyramid Of The Tropical Grasslands Top CarnivoresLions, Tigers Leopards Second Carnivores Ground squirrels, Mice, and Moles. Herbivores Giraffes, Rhinos, and Warthogs, Primary Producers Bacteria

  13. Biodiversity • The tropical grasslands have a high number of diversity. • The organisms range from bacteria all the way up to elephants. (Grasslands)

  14. Bibliography • Sam. "Grasslands." World Biomes. 2000. 16 Oct. 2008 <http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/grasslands.htm>. • "Grasslands Habitat." Defenders of the Wildlife. 19 Oct. 2008 <http://http://www.defenders.org/wildlife_and_habitat/habitat/grasslands.php>. • Miller Jr, G. T. Living in the Environment 12th edition. Brooks Cole. • RSI Version 2.0. 2005 Riverside Scientific. 17 October 2008.