Colorado Life Zones: Seasons, Plants, & Animals
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Colorado Life Zones General information Interactive Life Zone Diagram Colorado Life Zones Maps Semidesert Shrublands Life Zone West CO Shortgrass Prairie or Plains Life Zones Foothills Woodlands and Shrublands Montane Forests Life Zone Subalpine Life Zone Alpine Life Zone Riparian Life Zones
Foothills Life Zones: Seasons, Plants, & Animals
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Foothills Life Zones General Information

General Information

Foothills Life Zones Through the Seasons

Through the Seasons

Foothills Life Zones Woodlands and Shrublands

Woodlands and Shrublands

Foothills Life Zones Awesome Adaptations Awesome Adaptations

Foothills Life Zones Plants and Trees

Plants and Trees

Foothills Life Zones Mammals

Mammals

Foothills Life Zones Birds

Birds

Foothills Life Zones Reptiles and Amphibians

Reptiles & Amphibians

Mammals of the Foothills Life Zones
    The seasons start becoming an important factor in deciding which animals live here during the year.  Many larger grazing animals like mule deer and elk migrate down to the foothills in the winter and go to the higher life zones from late spring to fall.  The lower parts of the foothill may be quite hot and dry in the summer. During the summer, most of the animals that live there are smaller animals like nuttall's cottontail rabbits and rock squirrels. Their predators (coyotes, bobcats, and gray foxes) stay and hunt them. In the past, enormous herds of bison used to roam between the foothills and the plains.

Mountain Lion or Cougar

CO Div of Wildlife

Bear Country USA

Animal Files

Southwest_Wildlife

Mountain Lion or Cougar

Bobcat

Nature Works

CO Div of Wildlife

Hogle Zoo

Animal Files

Bear Country USA

Bobcat

Gray Fox

Nature Works

CO Div of Wildlife

Animal Files

Southwest Wildlife

Gray Fox

Coyote

Nature Works

CO Div of Wildlife

Animal Files

Bear Country USA

Southwest_Wildlife

Coyote

Western Spotted Skunk

Hogle Zoo

CO Div of Wildlife

Utah Div of Wildlife

Animal Files

Western Spotted Skunk

Striped Skunk

Nature Works

CO Div of Wildlife

Animal Files

Bear Country USA

Southwest Wildlife

Striped Skunk

Long-tailed Weasel

Nature Works

CO Div of Wildlife

Animal Files

Long-tailed Weasel

American Badger

Nature Works

CO Div of Wildlife

Bear Country USA

Animal Files

American Badger

American Black Bear

Nature Works

CO Div of Wildlife

Bear Country USA

Animal Files

American Black Bears

Raccoon

Nature Works

CO Div of Wildlife

Animal Files

Bear Country USA

Southwest Wildlife

Raccoon

Mountain or Nuttall's

Cottontail

Rabbit

CO Div of Wildlife

Utah Div of Wildlife

Animal Files

Mountain or Nuttall's Cottontail Rabbit

Porcupine

Nature Works

CO Div of Wildlife

Bear Country USA

Southwest Wildlife

Porcupine

White-tailed Jackrabbit

CO Div of Wildlife

Utah Div of Wildlife

CSU NDIS

White-tailed Jackrabbit

Voles/Meadow Mice

Jumping Mice

Pocket Mice

White-footed Mice

CSU NDIS

White-footed or Deer Mice

Colorado Chipmunk

Cliff Chipmunk

CSU NDIS

CO Div. of Wildlife

Colorado Chipmunk

Pocket Gophers

CO Div of WIldlife

CSU NDIS

Utah Div of Wildlife

Pocket Gopher

Wyoming Ground Squirrel

CSU NDIS

Rock Squirrel

Utah Div of Wildife

CO Div of Wildlife

Wyoming Ground Squirrel

Mexican Woodrat or Packrat

CO Div of Wildlife

Utah Div of Wildlife

CSU NDIS

 

Mexican Woodrat or Packrat

Gunnison's Prairie Dog

CO Div of Wildlife

CSU NDIS

Utah Div of Wildlife

Gunnison's Prairie Dog

Townsend's Big-eared Bat

Utah Div of Wildlife

& Other Bats

CO Div of Wildlife

CSU NDIS

Townsend's Big-eared Bat

Elk or Wapiti

CO Div of Wildlife

Bear Country USA

Elk or Wapiti

Bison

Nature Works

CO Div of Wildlife

Hogle Zoo

Bear Country USA

Bison

Mule Deer

Animal Files

CO Div of Wildlife

Utah Div of Wildlife

Mule Deer

Pronghorn

Nature Works

CO Div of Wildlife

San Diego Zoo

Pronghorn
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Awesome Adaptations: Coyote

   Coyotes are one the most adaptable animals. They live everywhere in Colorado from the dry shortgrass prairie and semidesert shrublands to all the way up in the high alpine life zone. Coyotes even have adapted to living in cities. One of the major reasons they can live in so many places is that they are not picky eaters. They will eat insects, rodents, rabbits, eggs, birds, lizards, snakes, frogs, toads, sick larger animals, carrion (dead animals), fruit, berries, and vegetables. They are about the size of medium-sized dog so they do not need as much food as the bigger wolves and mountain lions.

   Coyotes are adaptable in other ways too. They can have grow a thick coat of fur to stay higher in the mountains or a thinner coat of hair to stay in the hot semidesert shrublands. They can be active in the night or during the day, but they prefer the early mornings and late evenings. Coyotes are very social animals and usually live and hunt in packs. Coyotes communicate with their eerie howl, yips, and growls. There is a very good reason why they are usually the tricksters in Native American legends. Coyotes can live up to their reputation of being sly, sneaky, and tricky. Large numbers of coyotes have been killed by humans. Yet, they reproduce quickly and their overall population still is healthy. Coyotes are one of the most remarkably adaptable animals.

Sources of information and to find more information: Nature Works, CO Div of Wildlife, Animal Files

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