Do you know what animals live in the deciduous forest?

A temperate deciduous forest is a type of biome that has four seasons. The trees in this environment lose their leaves during the winter and grow new ones in the spring. These forests are often located near large bodies of water, such as seas or lakes. And it’s home to many different types of animals. Some examples are ermines/stoats, deer, raccoons, chipmunks, rabbits, and squirrels.

The deciduous forest provides many benefits to humans and animals alike! It helps regulate air quality by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere while releasing oxygen back into it, making cleaner air breathe. Animals like deer, squirrels, raccoons, foxes, and bears live here because they have plenty of food sources available year-round due to all the different vegetation types that grow there throughout each season. And if you’re looking for some peace and quiet – these forests are perfect for hiking! You’ll find lush green scenery everywhere you look – not to mention fresh mountain air too!

Animals in the deciduous forest are fascinating because many change coats depending on which season it is. These animals need to blend into their surroundings so they can avoid predators or find food easier. For example, during winter, when there isn’t much green around them anymore, some animals will turn from brown or grey to white (like an ermine), so they don’t stand out against the snow! This makes them less visible from far away and harder for predators like hawks to spot them from above.

You’ll find lots of animals here too (like deer!) so make sure your camera is charged up before you head out. And don’t forget to pack some snacks! There’s nothing worse than getting hungry while exploring nature.

Deer Print From Our Shop.

A list of the most interesting animals in the deciduous forest!

Squirrels and Chipmunks

Squirrels are a lot more interesting than you think. Did you know that squirrels can run up to 20 miles per hour (32km/h)? They love eating Acorns, walnuts, and peanuts. They’re actually herbivores (eat only plant matter) but there’s occasionally carrion on their dinner table.



Weasels are small, carnivorous mammals that live in deciduous forests in Eurasia, North America, and North Africa. They’re also one of the most successful animals on Earth! They use feces, urine, and anal and dermal gland secretions to mark their territory, which often extends 50 hectares. That means they’ve had plenty of space to get really good at being weasels.

Rabbits & Hares

Do you know the difference between a rabbit and a hare? They’re different species, but rabbits are small mammals that live in burrows or holes from the same family. Hares are larger than rabbits, have longer ears, and can be found in open fields. They’re also known for their top speed! The pictures above art art prints from our store. 

Good read for more details about the difference between rabbits and hares

Black Bear And Grizzly Bear

Do you know the difference between a black bear and a grizzly bear?
Both animals can be found in deciduous forests. There are many differences between these two types of bears, besides the coat color, but one of the most important is that grizzlies have a concave face while black bears have a convex face. The other significant difference is that grizzlies tend to be larger than black bears.


Raccoons are actually pretty cool animals. They’re omnivores and intelligent, resourceful, and they have adorable babies! Did you know that in some parts of the world, people keep them as pets? And did you know that they can be trained to do tricks like fetching things or rolling over on command? These animals love sleeping in Tree hollows in old oaks, which can be found in deciduous forests!



Skunks are mammals that spray their scent to mark territory. The smell of skunk spray is so strong it can linger for weeks or even months on clothes, furniture, and other surfaces. That’s why we love skunks – outdoors and on distance! These animals are omnivorous. Animals like insects, rodents, lizards, frogs, birds, and eggs are part of their diet, but they also eat berries, roots, leaves, and nuts.


Wood mice

Wood mice are rodents that live in deciduous forests, fields, and woodlands. They love to eat fruit, nuts, seeds, berries, leaves, and other plants.

You can find them all over the world! These little guys are adorable with their big ears and tiny feet. They’re also small – about 3-4 inches from nose to tail tip on average. And did we mention how adorable they are? We think so too! Check out this picture of our favorite wood mouse below!


Muntjacs, elks (wapiti), the red deer, the fallow deer, chital, reindeer (caribou), the roe deer, the mule deer, and the moose are all members of the deer family and the most widespread large land mammals in North America. They’re all herbivores that eat grasses, leaves, twigs, and bark from trees, and part of our list of animals that live in the deciduous forest.



Wolves have a lot of interesting qualities. They’re intelligent, social animals that live in packs of about 6-12 animals and hunt together for food. They howl to communicate with each other, they mate for life, and they teach their young about the world around them. Wolves are much bigger than dogs. They have longer legs, pointier ears, and more fur.


They can be found in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Hedgehogs have a lot going for them – they’re cute and pack a punch with their spikes when threatened!

Hedgehogs are small mammals that have spiny coats. They’re nocturnal, so they sleep during the day and come out at night to hunt for food. Hedgehogs are omnivorous. Their diet consists mainly of insects, and other invertebrates such as worms and snails, small animals like lizards or even snakes, bird eggs and carrion. But they also eat mushrooms, berries, and grass roots. They use their teeth to break open the shells of these creatures before swallowing them whole!

The gestation period of hedgehogs is about 30 – 40 days long, with an average litter size between 4-5 babies! Baby hedgehogs will stay with their mother until they’re old enough to find food on their own – usually around six weeks old.

Frogs & Toads

Do you know the difference between a frog and a toad?
Frogs and toads both are amphibians, meaning they live on land as well as in water. Toads are frogs too, but have a dry, leathery, skin, shorter legs, and they don’t croak like frogs do! Both animals can often be found in and around ponds, seas, rivers, or streams in deciduous forests. They are carnivorous and primarily eat insects and spiders.


A salamander is a type of amphibian that lives in moist environments. They are often confused with lizards, but they aren’t actually lizards! Did you know there’s a type of salamander that can grow up to six feet long? It’s true! Salamanders are carnivores and not very picky as such. Mosquitos, worms, spiders, snails, … whatever fits in their mouth might be part of their diet. 

This picture is one of our animal art prints. You’ll often find these animals in our ponds and streams in deciduous forests.

A large number of Birds live in the deciduous forest

There are simply too many different bird species that live in the deciduous forest. Here is just a small list of the most interesting ones!



They’re one of the most fascinating creatures on Earth. And they have a lot to teach us. For instance, did you know that owls are nocturnal and can see in the dark? Or that they don’t actually hoot but make other sounds like screeching or hissing? They’re carnivores, and a big part of their diet is mice and other small animals.


Jays are birds from the crow family and can be found in deciduous and coniferous forests in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. They eat invertebrates, including snails, worms, and other insects), other small animals like young birds, small rodents, eggs, and berries and seeds.


Did you know that cardinals are the state bird of seven different states? The cardinal is a small, long-tailed songbird with a crest on its head. It’s one of the most popular birds in North America. Cardinals have been around for millions of years, and they’re still going strong today!


Woodpeckers are one of the most interesting animals in the deciduous forest. They can be found in forests and on farms, and near water sources all over the world. They’re omnivorous and primarily eat insects and other invertebrates living under bark and in wood. They are super important for a healthy ecosystem because they eat lots of nasty bugs and their larvae that burrow into trees.

Red-tailed hawk

A red-tailed hawk is a bird of prey that lives in North America. It’s also called the chickenhawk because it eats chickens and other birds. They are found near water, like rivers or lakes, so they can catch fish to eat. Red-tailed hawks have long tails with white stripes on them that make them look really cool! You might see one in your backyard if you live near an area with lots of deciduous trees and open space for hunting.


Chickadees are tiny, primarily omnivorous songbirds in the family Paridae. They are named after their chick a dee dee dee sounds. They are also called “titmice,” derived from the old English words for “tit,” meaning small, and mase, meaning bird. Chickadees can almost always be found in the deciduous forest, where they hunt small insects, making them natural pest control.

Wood Thrushes

Wood Thrushes are medium-sized songbirds that live in the eastern United States. They’re brown on top and white underneath, with black and dark brown streaks on their chest. They have long tails, short legs, and a stout bill.


You can find these animals in the deciduous forests or near streams where they forage for insects among leaves or under loose bark on trees. The males sing loudly from high perches to attract mates; females also sing but not as often as males. Listen closely! If you hear one singing nearby, it’s probably a male looking for love!

Lots Insects & Spiders

Insects are the most diverse group of animals on Earth, with more than 1 million species. They’re everywhere, and they do everything from pollinating plants to eating dead things to making honey. 

We’ve got tons of interesting facts about animals for you to learn about! Check out our website for more information on this fascinating animal species. You’ll be surprised by how many things there are to know about them! Now go out there and explore nature!