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Desert and Rain Forest
Deserts are a very dry, hot
environment. It never rains or snows there, it is always sunny. Shockingly there could be dust storms or tiny dust tornadoes so it could be very dangerous. If there where to be an earthquake you should be a distance away from tall mountains like this one in the picture, just to be safe. The hottest temperature ever recorded in the United States Desert was 134º F at Death Valley in July, 1913.
These dust tornadoes
can also go by the names
or dust whirl
This creepy lizard is called the Thorny Devil.
This animal has thorns all over its body. It can
camouflage with its surroundings to make
sure their predators don’t see them ,or, eat them.
The total length that they can grow is 20 cm. (That is one small lizard) This is a harmless reptile. It is so
small you could only see a spec of red, yellow, and
a little brown. The Thorny Devil lays 3 to 10 eggs
underground, between September and January.
The Thorny Devil lives for 20 years.
This very slow animal is called, the Desert
Tortoise . The tortoise is located in the
southern deserts. It has adapted very
well on digging borrows. The tortoise
can grow to 9-15 inches in length and,
can be 4-8 inches high, and weigh from 8-
450 Pounds. A tortoise can live From 80 –
100 years old.
This is one prickly plant, it is called the
Barrel Cactus . This is the tallest Cactus in
all of The Northern Deserts. It can get to
12 ft. tall. There are parallel ridges that have
dangerously sharp 3-4 inch spines.
This is one beautiful plant, it is called the
Crimson Hedgehog Cactus. The hedgehog
cactus has clusters of three spines along
its ribs. Each spine can be 2 to 3 inches
long. The flowers are a deep red color, and
They grow into a cup shape. The flowers
bloom In April-June, the first flowers in the
Desert To be bloomed.
The Rain Forest is a wet place.
It frequently rains there and has lots of Waterfalls like the one in this picture. In the Rain Forest it rains so much It can fill a tank that is 17 feet tall. Often waterfalls, ponds, and swamp areas, can create algae or bacteria.
Due to the high amount of water in the Rain Forest things can grow in areas you would not expect, like trees or plants can grow in very weird places like
Swamps, ponds, and waterfalls.
This animal is one of the most dangerous
predator In the Rain Forest, It is called the
Jaguar . the female jaguar Can grow To
be 7-10 Ft. tall .Also can weight 250-400
lbs. This animal is endangered There
is only 95 in California and only 5 in Florida
and one in the San Diego Zoo.
This is one of the most frightening insect
in the Rain Forest. It is called the tarantula.
The weight of a Tarantula is 1-5 oz. . The
length of one leg of a tarantula is 1-4 ins.
long. Some tarantulas are poisonous but
not this one.
Do you know what this plant is called?
it is called Bougainvillea.
Bougainvillea can get to 4-19 feet tall.
The tallest bougainvillea plant is 19 feet. Also bougainvillea is just
like the Crimson Hedgehog Cactus.
It is just like the Crimson Hedgehog Cactus because it grows into the shape of a cup and a little flower grows inside.
This is one tall tree it is called a coconut
tree. Coconut trees can grow to 50-80
feet tall. Also, their feathery branches can
grow to 15-17 feet long. The color of the
branches are a yellow greenish color and
the color of the trunk is a light brown color.
In one year a coconut tree can produce
50-70 coconuts . Coconut trees can only
grow in warm areas and can get lots of
sunlight, and with moist ground or soil.