RainForest: Fun Facts About RainForests
Fun Facts About Rainforests
Rainforests are warm, wet, insect-infested places with lots of trees. For the most part, they cluster around the equator of this little blue marble we call Earth.
Very few of us will ever visit a rainforest, but we all depend on them to provide clean air, fresh water, and National Geographic documentaries. Many species of animals and plants can be found nowhere else in the world.
Many animals live in the Rainforest
The rain forest is home to more than half of the world's animals.
The other half are on a waiting list for subsidized rainfirest housing.
The anaconda, one of the world's largest snakes, can be found in stream banks and swamps in South American rainforests.
Larger snakes inhabit office blocks along the Potomac River in Washington, DC.
Rainforest termites feed primarily on cellulose (wood products) and are considered to be significant recyclers throughout the rainforest.
They would also recycle plastic, but they can't decipher the little symbols.
The sloth is a slow-moving ape-like mammal that spends its' life hanging upside-down in trees. Its' fur is sometimes covered with algae, providing some measure of camouflage from potential predators.
Slow moving and algae covered also describes NBC prime-time television sitcoms.
An epiphyte, or "air plant", hangs in the rainforest tree canopy and extends roots downward into open air. Dirt particles in the surrounding atmosphere collect in the roots, creating tiny ecosystems that actually support worms.
Orchids are epiphytes, but check for worms before pinning one on your prom date.
Hamburgers kill the rainforest
Ranchers sometimes clear patches of rainforest trees in order to raise cattle or crops.
Because sloth burgers are nasty.
Tropical rainforests cover about 7% of the Earth's surface.
Disney theme parks take up less space.
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