Tropical Rain Forest

Malik


The tropical rain forest is called the tropical rain forest
because it's located in the tropics and it can receive up
to 260 inches of rain per year. More than half the world's
wildlife lives in the rain forest and the tropical rain forest
holds two-thirds of the world's vegetation. In the rain forest
there are four layers: the emergent layer, the canopy,
the under story, and the forest floor.
A picture of the tropical rain forest.
A picture of the tropical rain forest.


The Layers of The Rainforest
The Layers of The Rainforest

In the emergent layer trees can grow up to 240 feet high.
In the emergent layer animals like eagles, bats, monkeys,
and butterflies are found.
In the canopy trees can grow up to 130 feet high.
Animals like snakes, toucans, and tree frogs live in the canopy.
A lot of plants and animals live in the canopy.
In fact 90% of the organisms in the rain forest are in the canopy.
In the understory trees can grow up to 60 feet high.
Animals like leopards, jaguar, and red-eyed tree frogs live in the under story.
There are some plants that can grow in the shade on the forest floor.
Some plants wait for trees to fall so light can come down on them.
Animals like giant anteaters live on the forest floor.




The Tropical Rain Forest Animal Gallery




The jaguar is the biggest cat in the rain forest. It can reach sizes of up to seven feet and can weigh up to two-hundred pounds. The jaguar and the leopard are often mixed up because they look so similar. The leopard has a longer tail and legs and it doesn't have spots in its rosettes like the jaguar.
The Jaguar is the biggest animal in the rain forest.
The Jaguar is the biggest animal in the rain forest.



The poison dart frog isn't like your ordinary frog.
These colorful frogs have a type of coating of poison
on their skin. Poison dart frogs are sometimes called
poison arrow frogs because some time ago, Indians
would put the frogs over a fire and their poison would
drip into a pot and the Indians would use the poison to hunt. The dipped their arrows in the poison so if they used it their prey would be poisoned and die.
The Poison Dart Frog is the only animal known to be poisonus enough to kill a human with a touch.
The Poison Dart Frog is the only animal known to be poisonus enough to kill a human with a touch.

The toco toucan is the largest known toucan in the world. Males are larger and can grow up to 26 inches long.
Toco toucans eat fruit, insects, nestlings, and lizards.
The toco toucan can weigh up to seventeen ounces or
one pound and one ounce. The bird's beak may look a little heavy because it's so big, but actually it's really light
because it is hollow.
The Toco Toucan is the largest toucan in the world.
The Toco Toucan is the largest toucan in the world.

The Harpy Eagle is gigantic! It can have a wing span of
up to 6 and a half feet and can weigh up to 20 pounds!
The Harpy Eagle is big enough to grab a monkey from a
tree and eat it! Harpy eagles are the world's largest and
and most powerful eagle.
The harpy eagle is big enough to eat a monkey!
The harpy eagle is big enough to eat a monkey!

The Tropical Rain Forest Vegetation Gallery



The Bird-of-Paradise is a very beautiful tropical flower. The flower gets its name from its color. It resembles a beautiful bird in flight. The Bird-of-Paradise has leaves that stand upright and the leaves can get up to six inches wide and eighteen inches long.
The Bird-of-Paradise is very beautiful. It resembles a bird in flight.
The Bird-of-Paradise is very beautiful. It resembles a bird in flight.

The rafflesia is the biggest flower in the world. From petal to petal the rafflesia is an amazing three feet long! The center its self is as big as a manhole. This flower is only located in the Sumatra rain forest and in the Borneo forest.
The Rafflesia is the biggest flower in the world. It can reach sizes of up to three feet acroos from petal to petal!
The Rafflesia is the biggest flower in the world. It can reach sizes of up to three feet acroos from petal to petal!

The bromeliad is a flower that can hold a lot of water. It can hold a few gallons of water! For a flower, that's a lot. Bromeliads can do this because their thick, waxy leaves form a kind of bowl shape. Bromeliads are home to a lot of small animals like frogs, tadpoles, salamanders, snails, beetles and mosquito larvae. In one flower someone found small beetles, crane flies, earwigs, a frog, a cockroach, spiders, fly larvae, a millipede, a scorpion, an earthworm, and woodlice! That's a lot for one flower!
A beautiful pink bromeliad flower.
A beautiful pink bromeliad flower.

Moss is small and soft. Sizes can vary from one to ten centimeters long. Other types of mosses can be much larger. Mosses grow in shady and damp locations like the tropical rain forest. Mosses are different from other plants because they don't have flowers or even seeds for that matter.
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Tropical rain forest moss.
Tropical rain forest moss.

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A typical tropical rain forest food chain.
A map showing the world with tropical rain forests high lighted in green.
A map showing the world with tropical rain forests high lighted in green.















A rain fall chart for a rainforest in Brazil.
A rain fall chart for a rainforest in Brazil.
























My Bibliography of the Tropical Rain Forest



http://www.bristolzoo.org.uk/learning/animals/birds/toucan
http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/toco_toucan.htm
Toco toucan
http://www.scienceguardian.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/froggie.jpg
Poison Dart Frog
http://www.le.ac.uk/botanicgarden/images/12gloriosa.gif
Bird-of-Paradise
http://www.answers.com/topic/rafflesia-arnoldii
http://www.steppestravel.co.uk/harpy-eagle-page2447.aspx
http://www.wwf.org.ph/_userimgs/fn-30_new_rainforest-orchid.jpg
orchid
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/images/g_me_r_1.gif

rainfall chart
http://mongabay.com/images/20050831/0221_pink_bromeliad_flower.JPG
http://mongabay.com/images/20050831/0221_pink_bromeliad_flower.JPGs
bromeliad
http://goingplacesblog.com/RainForest/Mossy.jpg
moss
http://www.solcomhouse.com/rainforest_map.gif
Rain forest map
http://www.tiskita-lodge.co.cr/rainforest/images/rainforest2.jpg
Rain forest picture