Summers in South Korea consist of the time between about
June to about September, but this time is also the monsoon or rainy season. Temperatures
in Seoul average about 75°F (25°C) during this time, while the mountains are cooler,
but all of the country, particularly in the south and west, receives a fair amount
of humidity and rain. Winters hover right around the freezing point with the mountains
remaining below that point for much of winter and the coasts typically getting above
during days so snow doesn't tend to remain on the ground long. The fall (autumn)
tends to be fairly warm and sunny as the changing leave colors attract a fair amount
of tourists. Likewise, the spring draws a lot of tourists, including many locals
as the Cherry Blossoms are in full color in March-May.
There are a fair number of animals in South Korea, both
large and small. Among the larger mammals are leopards, panthers, deer, and wolves.
There are also smaller mammals such as the boar, squirrels, mice, and bats. There
are also a number of species in the waters surround the country, including the mammalian
whales and dolphins. There are also sharks, tuna, eels, shellfish, and more.
The bird life in South Korea is substantial as many
species migrate to and from the country. Among the most commonly seen birds are
teals, swans, flycatchers, ibis, and buzzards. Among the reptiles and amphibians
are turtles, snakes, lizards, salamanders, frogs, and toads.