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Transcript of Daintree Rainforest
By Sarah Haynes
Tropical Rainforest Definition:
A tropical rainforest is a biome that is located within the latitude of 28 degrees north and south of the equator. A tropical rainforest experiences humidity and a lot of rainfall.
A tropical rainforest can be classified as a rainforest by having at least 1.3 meters of rain per year. The Daintree Tropical Rainforest produces approximately 2 meters of rainfall yearly. Approximately every year the Daintree Rainforest receives 120 days of rain.
Temperature and Climate
The average temperature is 28 degrees celsius. The maximum temperature in the summer is 32 degrees and the maximum temperature in the winter is 25 degrees. The climate is tropical all year.
Tropical rainforests are located near the equator where there is a large amount of water. Because of this the water gets evaporated into the clouds and when the clouds can't store any more it rains . It is very sunny in the Daintree Rainforest but on the forest floor and the understorey it is very dark and only 2% of light reaches the bottom!
3 Fauna and Adaptations
Rainbow Lorikeets stay in groups for protection.
If they notice a predator they will set out a high pitched squawk to warn the others to fly away.
Rainbow Lorikeets have short, strong legs, flexible hips and two pairs of toes with claws for hanging upside down and sideways to get away from predators.
They can fly up to 100km without stopping to collect a variety of food from different regions!
Rainbow Lorikeets love to eat fruit, seeds, insects, flowers, nectar and pollen.
Rainbow Lorikeets can live up to 25-28 years.
The adult Rainbow Lorikeets length is up to 30cm long.
The adult Rainbow Lorikeets weigh up to 140 grams.
Their scientific name is Trichoglossus Haematodus Molluccanus.
Cassowaries can eat fruit and fungi which is poisonous to humans.
They have a really good memory and are able to navigate the way back to their territory and know where their usual fruiting trees are.
They have a special call to alert other cassowaries if they are in danger.
Cassowaries have sharp and powerful claws to defend themselves.
They have tough skin and bristle-like feathers to defend themselves from other Cassowaries from hurting them.
They can grow between 150cm to 200cm long.
Cassowaries can be located in northern Queensland, New Guinea and eastern Indonesia.
Cassowaries eat fruit and anything from snails to small dead mammals.
They have black fur which looks a bit like human hair.
Cassowary baby chicks are yellow and black striped.
Bandicoots have a pointed snout to help them find food.
They have sharp front claws so they can dig for their food.
The second and third toe are connected so they can get rid of parasites and groom their fur.
The females have a backward facing pouch so that her pouch doesn't fill with soil while she is digging.
Bandicoots eat spiders, berries, seeds, insects and other small creatures.
They are about the same size as a rabbit.
They grow from 31cm-43cm.
They live in forests and woodlands.
Bandicoots have pointed ears, a short tail, grey-brown fur and a long pointed nose/snout.
3 Flora and Adaptations
The Idiot Fruit has got poison in the seed to stop animals eating it.
The Idiot Fruit is from the Calycanthaceae family.
The Idiot Fruits scientific name is Idiospermum Australiense.
It can also be called the Ribbonwood.
The fruit inside the plant is approximately 80 millimeters long.
Each individual flower sits horizontally on the surface of the soil to make it easy for insects to pollinate.
The leaves grow very large to reach the sunlight.
Its scientific name is Asarum Canadense.
Wild Ginger can grow up to 19 feet high.
If you cut the stem water comes out of it.
Some wild ginger can be toxic.
The Lawyer Vine has thorns to protect itself.
Its scientific name is Smilax Australis.
It can also be called Wait-a-While Vine.
The Lawyer Vines' stem can grow up to 8 meters long.
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Daintree Yearly Rainfall and Temperature