The changing seasons give temperate forests a variety of animals. Temperate forests can be found around the world, in the United States, Canada, Europe, China and Japan. Each forest plays host to animals that have adapted to survive in varying climates.
The raccoon, widely known for its masked appearance, calls the United States, Canada, and parts of South America home. The raccoon is a small mammal with brown and gray fur on it body and white and black fur on its face. Raccoons typically make dens for their home in trees near water. A raccoon’s diet varies from fruits and plants to insects and frogs. Raccoons are practically nocturnal creatures and solo hunters. They can swim, climb trees and run quickly in search of food.
Porcupines are large rodents with small, rounded bodies and short legs. Porcupines are famous for their quills. A porcupine can have up to 30,000 barbed quills across its body, according to the New Hampshire Public Television Station. These quills are used for defense against animal attacks. Porcupines live across Canada, the United States and Mexico. Porcupines are herbivores and eat mostly twigs, small plants and tree bark. They are nocturnal creatures but can be found in the daylight.
Originally from China, only 1,000 giant pandas now live in the wild, according to the Discovery Channel. Their distinct black and white fur characterizes these large mammals. Giant pandas live in high mountain elevations. Solitary creatures, they hunt alone. They live almost entirely on bamboo and spend up to half of their day eating. A giant panda can weigh up to 250 pounds.
Black bears are dark brown to black in color, can grow up to six feet in height and can weigh as much as 500 pounds. These large mammals are found across Canada, the United States and Mexico. Although black bears are mostly herbivores, surviving on fruits and berries, they will occasionally eat fish and insects. Black bears live on the ground but often climb trees in search of food. They are solitary animals and spend the winter months in torpor.