Coniferous means cone bearing. A coniferous forest therefore, is one that has trees that reproduce by dropping cones. These cones contain seeds that grow into new trees. Cone-bearing trees are adapted to the cold weather since they have pine needles instead of leaves. The cold weather cannot get inside the needles to cause the trees to freeze. The forest floor has little growth since the large trees block out sunlight. Coniferous forests are home to many animals. Birds and other animals live in the trees. Larger animals live on the forest floor. Deer and bear make this area their home. During the winter, many of these animals hibernate or migrate to escape the long, cold winter months.