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This biome is located in red.
This is a biome with a mix of shrub communities and open woodlands. There are large areas of different grasses and wildflowers. The communities that have a mass amount of shrubs are also called chaparral. Chaparral is also a name for the woodland and shrubland biome. It is from the Spanish chapa or scrub oak. In this kind of biome wildfires are constantly started. Many plants and animals live in this type of biome. Its location is on the western coasts of North and South America, near the Mediterranean Sea, South Africa, and south of Australia.
Dominant Animal and Plant Life
Animals that live in this biome:

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  • Coyotes
  • Foxes
  • Bobcats
  • Mountain Lions
  • Blacktailed Deer
  • Rabbits
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  • Hawks
  • Quails
  • Warblers
  • Songbirds
  • Lizards
  • Snakes
  • Butterflies

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  • Aromatic Herbs
  • Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Shrubs external image THYME_2.jpg
  • Acacia
  • Chamise
  • Grasses
  • Evergreen Trees
  • Cork Oak

This biome is characterized by a semiarid climate. This includes hot, dry summers; cool, moist winters; thin nutrient-poor soils; and periodic fires.
-Interesting Facts-
  • This biome expresses interesting examples of convergent evolution ( The evolution of species from different taxonomic groups toward a similar form; the development of similar characteristics by taxonomically different organisms).
  • All plant life is less than a meter long
  • Leaves on the evergreen trees are small
  • Workers strip the cork from cork oak trees
  • Most of the animals are small and nocturnal

  • Fires are continuesly happening in the chaparral biome!

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