Geography Project Amazon Rainforest. By Cornelie Jacobson 8/7. Index. Cures What is going to happen ? Resources used. Rainforests I Rainforests II Rainforests III Layout People living there Plants Animals I Animals II Cutting down. Rainforests I.
Geography ProjectAmazon Rainforest
By Cornelie Jacobson 8/7
The Anaconda, The world's biggest snake is a fearsome predator and in the wild spends most of its time in water where it lies in wait for prey. Its main food consists of small mammals, aquatic birds and other reptiles.
The three-toed sloth is the slowest of all land animals, moving through the branches at one hundredth of a mile per hour! It is among the world's laziest animals, spending three-quarters of its life asleep. It eats only leaves and loves to "hang" out in Cercirpia trees. Sloths are often seen and they are in fact very common. They are hunted for meat, but because they are well-camouflaged, and feed high in the canopy, they are difficult to find. Their main predators are eagles, and jaguars.
The Jaguar is the ultimate Amazon predator top of the food chain and among the largest living cats. These animals are revered by local tribes, a sentiment not shared by hunters who treasure only the gorgeous pelt. Jaguars rarely venture into the trees, but they often hunt close to water for large terrestrial animals such as peccary, deer and capybara. They will also take birds, fish, turtles and smaller mammals. The jaguar is currently listed as endangered.
The Amazon is a birdwatcher's paradise. About 1,500 bird species are known from lowland Amazonia about 15% of all known birds in 4% of the world's land area. They range from the world's most powerful birds of prey to some of the tiniest hummingbirds. Oddities such as the toucan, umbrella bird and hoatzin baffle. Flying jewels such as trogons, parrots and hummingbirds dazzle you.
Most of the world's animals are insects, and most insects are found in rainforest. Insect species outnumber all the other animals put together. There are far too many kinds of insects to even begin describing them, but some of the more important groups are butterflies, moths, beetles, ants, wasps, bees, termites, grasshoppers, katydids, cicadas, mantis, stick insects etc.
When people imagine the Amazon, they think of rivers teeming with flesh-eating fishes the deadly piranha. However, the biology of piranhas is not common knowledge. There are in fact at least a dozen different species, belonging to the characin group of fishes. Most eat fallen fruit not as thrilling as stripping a carcass to the bone, but there is no doubt they play an important part in the local ecology.