Prairie is the word we use in North America for the large expanse of grassland in the middle of the continent. It is a word that came into our language from the French trappers and traders that were among the first European people to see this land of broad horizons and few trees. The grassland biome (as ecologists know it) may be found in other parts of the world also.
Whatever it is called, it is a habitat where the dominant plant community consists of grasses and non-woody flowering plants called forbs. The animals that live in the grassland biome must be adapted to use this food base. They must also be able to tolerate the climate. Precipitation is scarce (35-80 cm. per year) and seasonal in abundance. The temperature often has extreme shifts during the year as well.
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