Summers in North Korea consist of the time between about
June to September, but this time is also the monsoon or rainy season. Temperatures
in Pyongyang average about 75°F (25°C) during this time, while the mountains are
cooler and the west receives a fair amount of humidity and rain. Winters hover right
below the freezing point with the mountains remaining snowy for much of winter and
the coasts typically about 15°F (-10°C) as an average. The fall (autumn) tends to
be fairly warm and sunny as the leaves change color, while in the spring the Cherry
Blossoms are in full color in about March-May.
The wildlife in North Korea is fairly diverse due to
their geographical variations. Among the mammals present are deer, weasels, tigers,
bears, lynx, and many smaller species. The greater diversity comes in the sea life
in the surrounding waters, which contain numerous animals including sharks, tuna,
mackerel, squid, shrimp, lobster, oysters, and crab among many others. There are
also numerous fresh water fish in their rivers and lakes.
There are a number of birds that call North Korea home,
both migratory birds and those that call the country home year round. Among the
more common of these are pheasants, woodpeckers, owls, and grouse. Among the reptiles
and amphibians are turtles, snakes, lizards, salamanders, frogs, and toads.