Tallgrass prairie
Tallgrass prairie
 
 
Midgrass prairie with wheatgrass
Midgrass prairie with wheatgrass
 
 
Shortgrass prairie with buffalo grass
Shortgrass prairie with buffalo grass
 
 
Prairie dog
Prairie dog
 
 
Jackrabbit
Jackrabbit
 
 
Buffalo or bison
Buffalo or bison
 
 

 
Prairie
Topic(s):   Landforms

A prairie is a wide area of land. It is covered with grass and bushes. There are not many trees. Early settlers called the prairie a sea of grass. There are three different kinds of prairies.

A tallgrass prairie is also called a true prairie. It is found in places where the climate is mild. One kind of grass that grows there is called porcupine grass. Tallgrass prairies are very humid.

Another kind of prairie is called a midgrass prairie. There are more of these prairies than any other kind. One kind of grass that grows here is called wheatgrass.

The last kind of prairie is called a shortgrass prairie. One kind of grass that grows there is called buffalo grass. Shortgrass prairies are in a dry climate.

Some of the animals that live on the prairie are the coyote, the prairie dog, the jackrabbit, and the badger. There are birds like the hawk too. You will find a lot of grasshoppers on the prairie.

Resource information

Britannica Academic Edition. (2011). Prairie. Retrieved from http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/473821/prairie

Lamb, A. & Johnson, L. ( 2002). Prairie. Retrieved from http://www.42explore.com/prairie.htm

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