DIFFERENT TYPES OF ANIMALS HABITATS
To find out what types of animal habitats are out there, it is essential to understand that our planet has innumerable species of animals and therefore, equally innumerable types of habitats for them. Animals habitats can be generalized into the following categories:
ALPINES OR MOUNTAINS
Places at a higher altitude like the mountain ranges of the world provide a suitable environment for a number of terrestrial animals including mammals, birds, reptiles, invertebrates and amphibians.
FOREST AND WOODLANDS
These are the places that have abundant trees and therefore, the kind of animals living here are those who live on or around trees and are
dependent on them for food and shelter. Forests too can be of different kinds like the tropical rainforests, temperate zone forests, conifers, or the deciduous forests. While a lion living in a forest prefers the dry and brown deciduous environment, a leopard prefers more green foliage making a greener forest, its natural habitat.
SAVANNAH, GRASSLANDS AND PRAIRIES
Grasslands are found in temperate zones while savannahs exist in more tropical areas. These are defined by the abundance of grass on large land areas without trees.
Rivers, lakes and ponds come under this category where the water is not salty. The banks of the river, the water and the muddy bed form different habitats for different animals. Fish, for example, can only survive in the water while frogs live part of their lives in water and part on land.
SEAS AND OCEANS
70 percent of the Earthâ€™s surface is covered with salty water of the seas and oceans. These form habitats for a number of creatures visible to the naked eyes as well as those that many not be visible at all. Even the different depth of the seas creates different environmental conditions for varieties of life form, such as amphibians, mammals, reptiles, invertebrates, and birds.
These are one of the most unique animal habitats developed by animals themselves. Corals are actually millions of tiny coral polyps that secrete limestone and form vast colonies adhering to each other. Coral reefs form in shallow, warm sea water and provide homes to many kinds of smaller animals.
These are the places that receive little or no rainfall; so therefore, the animals surviving in these extreme conditions have various adaptations they can make. For instance, camels have fatty humps to store food and padded feet to traverse the desert sand.
Characterized by very low temperatures, short vegetation, and long winters, tundra climate is suited to a number of animals such as the arctic fox, polar bears, etc. Tundra is an area where the levels of subsoil are completely frozen. There are two kinds of tundra; alpine tundra and also arctic tundra.