The definition of biodiversity is the
number and variety of different organisms found within a specific geographic
region. When something has a high
biodiversity that means there are many different species of organisms that are
living there. When there is a low biodiversity that means there are not a very
big variety of organisms in that area. The
chaparral biome does not have a very high biodiversity because many plants
could not survive the temperature and dryness of this desert-like biome. This is a main reason that there a very few trees in this biome.
Some of the plants in the chaparral have these hard thin leaves that are like needles
to help them from losing water. There are even some kinds of plants that are
fire resistant. Most of the animals in
the chaparral are burrowing animals as well as nocturnal. Some other animals
like mice and lizard make a partially solid urine so they don’t get rid of as
much water. Some animals also go into something called estivation which is
pretty much the same as hibernation except instead of sleeping to avoid the
cold, they sleep to avoid the heat.