Chaparral Biome Facts

Chaparral Biome Facts
The chaparral biome is a part of each continent and consists of various types of terrain including mountains and plains. It is often confused with the desert biome because they share many similarities such as both being hot and dry. The chaparral biome receives more rainfall per year than the desert biome.
Interesting Chaparral Biome Facts:
Parts of the chaparral biome exist in California, Oregon, South Africa, and Australia.
This biome is characterized by having both forests and grassland.
The summer season is very dry and can lasts up to five months.
The dry summer makes the chaparral biome sensitive to fires.
Occasional fires in the chaparral biome are helpful because they help balance out the living organisms and nonliving organisms.
The plants in the chaparral biome contain flammable material yet their barks resist fire.
Some plants have adapted to the summer fires in such a way that their seeds lie dormant until they are touched by fire.
The average rainfall is 10 to 17 inches a year.
During the winter, the temperature can get as low as 30° F and the summers can get up to 100° F.
The average temperature in the chaparral biome is 64° F.
Majority of the animals are nocturnal, sleeping during the day then coming out at night.
Animals living in the chaparral biome have to be able to survive on very little water. During the summer months there is usually a drought.
Many of the plants found in the chaparral biome are also found in the desert biome. This is because a chaparral biome normally borders a desert biome.
Some common animals of the chaparral biome are coyotes, mule deer, praying mantis, and ladybugs.
Shrubs are plentiful in the chaparral biome because they are able to survive on very little water. Chaparral comes from a Spanish word meaning shrub oak.

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