Chaparral

By: Sarah Scott and Valerie Contreras

The Location

The chaparral biome can be found in small sections of each continents like the west coast of the United States, and the west coast of south America.

Weather

The chaparral weather is usually hot and dry. In the winter it usually only gets up to 50 degrees. Most of the rain comes during the winter. In the summer it gets to up to 100 degrees which can cause fires and droughts.

Some organisms that live in chaparral

Adaptations

Organisms adapt to,
  • drastic change in temperature
  • sparse and rough terrain
  • ration food supplies
  • lack of water
  • nocturnal to avoid heat

Variations

Jack-rabbits are different from regular rabbits because their babies are born with all fur and their eyes open. jack- rabbits have big ears to regulate its body heat. their feet are covered with fur to cushion their feet on the hard ground.

Uniquely adapted/varied

Jack-rabbits feet are covered with fur to cushion their feet on the hard ground.their fur is a silver and tan color that blends in well with the chaparral habitats.

How the organisms depend on each other

the organisms depend on each other to have food and water. animals depend on other animals and plants to provide food so the other plants and animals need to reproduce regularly to keep the food chain active.

If we added an exotic species

If we added a polar bear to the Chaparral then the whole food web would not change vary much. it would change the food web by having it be the quaternary consumer and eating things like coyots and being at the top of the food chain. it would change the ecological pyramid because it would eat some other animals and the energy flow gets out of order.

If we removed a native species

if we removed the mountain lion, then some of the secondary consumers would greatly populate and the coyotes and bobcats would be eating more. the ecological pyramid wouldnt really get messed up because there may be more jackrabbits but not enough to to over populate and change the flow of energy.