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RainForest: Fun Facts About RainForests

Updated on February 1, 2011

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.

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Anaconda

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.

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Termites

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.

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Sloth

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.

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Ephphytes

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.

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Hamburgers kill the rainforest

Ranchers sometimes clear patches of rainforest trees in order to raise cattle or crops.

Because sloth burgers are nasty.

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Surface Area

Tropical rainforests cover about 7% of the Earth's surface.

Disney theme parks take up less space.

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    • nicomp profile imageAUTHOR

      nicomp really 

      7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @bill : rainforests too!

    • profile image

      bill 

      7 years ago

      i belive that if you eat you git bigger

    • nicomp profile imageAUTHOR

      nicomp really 

      7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @bob: Yes, the rainforest certainly lives up to its' name.

    • ltfawkes profile image

      ltfawkes 

      8 years ago from NE Ohio

      "Slow moving and algae covered also describes NBC prime-time television sitcoms."

      Not just the sitcoms . . . have you seen Law & Order LA? Like the porous rainforest floor, it's unbelievably sucky!

      Now I have to go rest up from using the word porous in a sentence.

      Very nice hub, Nicomp.

      L.T.

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      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      nicomp - this is good ... "animals waiting for subsidized housing ..." You have outdone yourself. No easy task.

    • Robwrite profile image

      Rob 

      8 years ago from Oviedo, FL

      The destruction of the rain forests is one of the worst things we're doing to nature today (And there's a lot of competition.)One of my goals is to visit a rain forest one day.

    • nicomp profile imageAUTHOR

      nicomp really 

      8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @Tom Whitworth : And swamps have become 'wetlands', which sounds cuter.

    • breakfastpop profile image

      breakfastpop 

      8 years ago

      The last time I went through a rain forest, I was stopped by a man who called himself fern man. He had the face of a walnut and his body was covered with ferns. I had to have my picture taken with him, for a fee of course, or otherwise I think I would still be there..

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      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      nicomp,

      When I was a young lad I never heard of a rainforrest and now that I'm a geezer I never heaer of a jungle. Did the rainforrests take over the jungles?

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