A deciduous forest is one which has mostly deciduous trees, and is usually temperate. Deciduous trees are ones that lose their leaves in the fall, as opposed to evergreen trees.
Deciduous Forests are located mainly in the eastern side of North America and Mid Europe. However, they also occur in many other places. The climate is mild, with the average temperature of 50° F (10° C), and the annual rainfall is 30- 60 inches per year.
Deciduous forests have 5 zones: the tree stratum zone, the small tree and sapling zone, the shrub zone, herb zone, and then the ground zone. The first zone is the tree zone, which is composed of trees such as oak, beech, elm, walnut, sweet gum, chestnut, and hickory. The second zone is the small tree zone; this zone contains small and/or young trees. The third zone is the shrub zone, which has shrubs such as rhododendrons and huckleberries. The herb zone comes next; it has short plants or herbal plants. The fourth and final zone is the ground zone. It contains lichen and mosses. The trees and plants have adapted to grow towards the sun here. The animal life that lives here is mostly mammals, such as deer, and insects, like mosquitoes. There are a few really common animals that live in Deciduous forests like deer, gray squirrels, mice, raccoons, salamanders, snakes, robins, frogs, and many species of insect.