Chaparrals are forests of trees, however, they are more a cross between a grassland and a forest. The area
is also known as the Scrub Biome This biome is charecterized by hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters.
Average Temperature in Summer: 71.7°F
Average Temperature in Winter: 46°F
Average Annual Rainfall: 15-40 in.
Mainly trees and shrubs. The trees are usually oak. The shrubs are tall and thick, with a waxy layer to conserve
Animals in this area have evolved to survive in the dry summer, wet winter, environtment. Animals include the aardvark,
chipmunk, coyote, and lynx.
The word chaparral comes from the Spanish word "chaparro", which means scrub oak.