There is a lot of diversity found among the animals living in the grassland biome. These animals include those that burrow under the ground such as mice and jack rabbits, those that graze and eat grass such as gazelle and deer. As well as those that consume other animals that live in this biome. In temperate grassland biomes they are a variety of great hunters which include coyotes, bobcats, gray wolf etc.
1. Structural adaptation
Animals on the grasslands are exposed to their predators because of the openness of the landscape. Black-footed ferret have sharp claws, short limbs, and teeth that can dig away the dirt. This means that they have many holes, and burrows which enables them to escape easily when they are being chased by a predator. Black-footed ferret’s also have coats of fur that are earthen color so that they are camouflaged in their environment.
2. Physiological adaptation
Monarch butterflies are foul-tasting and poisonous due to the presence of cardenolide aglycones in their bodies, which the caterpillars ingest as they feed on milkweed. Their bright colors and areas of high contrast on their skin or wings which automatically tells the predator that its poisonous.
3. Behavioural adaptation
Small mammals of the plains are burrowing creatures. They dig holes and burrows that they can hide into.
Coyote's live in North America from Alaska to Mexico. Coyote's have adapted to running at an amazing speed to escape predators. Coyote eat small bird, prairie dogs and many smaller animal.