Grassland Animals: Animals Live in the Grassland (Prairies, Pampas)

It is called prairies in the United States-Midwest. Pampas in South America. Central Eurasians call it Steppes, while Africans call it savannas. Grassland, whatever it is called in different parts of the world means one thing to grassland animals, it is their source for survival. Grassland feeds them. Grassland is home.

Grassland animals ranges from African elephants to prairie dogs ants, to lizards. Because grassland is an open space, it allows animals to travel in herds like zebras, kangaroos, and many others. Elephants like to stay in a savanna type where the climate is warm, and with rainy and fry season. Burrowing animals like prairie dogs live in temperate kind of grassland with rich soil.

Grassland Animals

List of Grassland Animals

You may be surprised by the variety of animals that feed on and live in grasslands. The following are SOME of the grassland animals. I listed them according to their class. The country or continent where they are commonly found or the place with the most number of species, is also included in the list.

Grassland Mammals

  1. Aardwolf (Africa)
  2. Anteater (South and Central America)
  3. Antelope (Africa, Asia, North America, Middle East)
  4. Baboon ( Africa and Saudi Arabia)
  5. Bison (America, Canada and Mexico)
  6. Brown Bear (North America, Europe, Asia)
  7. Cougar ( Canada)
  8. Deer (white-tailed) ( North and Central America, Canada)
  9. Elephant (Africa, Asia)
  10. Fox (North America, Europe, Asia, Africa)
  11. Gazelle (Africa)
  12. Hare (Ethiopia)
  13. Hedgehog ( New Zealand)
  14. Hyena (Sumatra)
  15. Kangaroo (Australia)
  16. Leopard (Persia, Africa, India)
  17. Lion ( Asia, Africa)
  18. Monkey (Asia)
  19. Prairie Dog ( North America)
  20. Rhinoceros (India)
  21. Skunk ( Central Canada)
  22. Tapir ( South America)
  23. Tiger (Sumatra)
  24. Wolf ( Ethiopia)
  25. Zebra ( Africa)

Grassland Birds

  1. Bee-eater ( Africa, Asia )
  2. Bluebird ( America)
  3. Caracara ( North America)
  4. Crane (Antartica, South America)
  5. Dove (Sahara Desert, Antratica)
  6. Duck ( Asia)
  7. Eagle ( Eurasia, Africa)
  8. Falcon ( every continent except Antarctica)
  9. Flycatcher ( eastern part of the United States)
  10. Hawk (Central America, Jamaica)
  11. Heron ( United States)
  12. Hornbill (Africa, Asia)
  13. Ostritch (North Africa)
  14. Quail (Bangladesh)
  15. Raven (Eurasia, Iceland)
  16. Stork (Africa, Asia, Europe)
  17. Thrasher (Canada)
  18. Whydah (West Africa)
  19. Yellow Cardinal (United States)

Grassland Reptiles

  1. Alligator (American)
  2. Caiman ( South Mexico)
  3. Chameleons (Madagascar)
  4. Crocodiles (Africa, Southeast Asia)
  5. Geckos (every continent except Antarctica)
  6. Lizards (every continent except Antarctica)
  7. Skinks (Southeast Asia, Australia)
  8. Snakes (Mexico-the most number of snake species in the world)
  9. Tortoises (North America, Eurasia, Southeast Asia, Africa)
  10. Turtles (Antarctica)

Grassland Amphibians

  1. Frogs ( Europe)
  2. Toads (Australia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines)
  3. Salamanders ( Brazil)

Grassland Insects

  1. Ants (anywhere in the world except Antractica, Greenland, Iceland)
  2. Beetles (almost in all habitats)
  3. Bees (almost in all habitats)
  4. Caterpillars (almost in all habitats
  5. Crane flies (United Kingdom)
  6. Crickets (China)
  7. Cockroaches (United states-most number of species)
  8. Fleas (Africa, Southeast Asia)
  9. Stick bugs (Australia)
  10. Wasps (North America)
  11. Worms (Europe- most number of species)

Facts about Grassland Animals

  • Savanna Elephants help in reducing tree density in open woodlands so other grassland animals living among them will survive.
  • Aardwolves have a designated place in their habitat for urination and defecation, so you cannot see their litter anywhere.
  • Skunks use their noxious odors to protect themselves from predators.
  • Whydah is also called widow bird because, in Africa, any birds that have long dark tails suggests a funeral veil.
  • Caimans determine the gender of their offsprings based on the temperature of the nests where they put their eggs. The nests are made of soil and vegetation. As the plants rot, it produces heat that warms the eggs. Warmer temperature produces females. A colder temperature produces a male.

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