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Taiga biomes are essentially a colder counterpart to the lush forest biomes. Only spruce trees may grow in taigas, compared to oak and birch trees in forests. Due to the structure of spruce trees, being more tall than wide, the foliage has an aqua tone and is somewhat less dense than in forests, but still dense enough to possibly get players lost. Wolves spawn commonly in all taiga variants, making wolves a common mob here. Rabbits additionally spawn in taigas, though are not often seen due to wolves chasing after them and killing them. Foxes, ferns and sweet berry bushes can also be found in taiga biomes. Villages occasionally generate within the taiga and are appropriately made of spruce wood. Due to the cold climate, rainfall changes to snowfall above layer 120 within taigas; however, this rarely happens within the normal taiga, as the terrain is not usually steep enough to reach the snowfall line.
Like forest, taigas are one of the most preferred biomes to start out in. The abundance of wood, mild terrain and useful passive mobs make this biome easy for players. Generated villages can also serve as a handy refuge and as a trading post should one be found. Taigas share the same dangers of forests, however; a player can get lost within the trees easily if they don't mark their trails, and the foliage can lead to obstructed vision, especially at night.