are a lot of species of tropical
Tropical rainforests are ecosystems with lots of heat and rain.
Although plants thrive very well in this biome, animals need to be
adapted to the amount of heat and humidity.
Cassowary by Tchami via Flickr.com
Frogs and Reptiles
Amphibians and reptiles are ectothermic (so called cool-blooded)
they thrive very well in hot climates. In Australian tropical
rainforests, we have Green Tree Frogs (Litoria
Guinea Tree Frogs (Litoria
genimaculata), many species of common tree snakes
Eastern Water Dragons (Physignathus
Boyd's Forest Dragons (Hypsilurus
boydii), freshwater turtles
and the large and deadly salt water crocodiles
which don't exactly live in forests,
but in waterholes and tidal river mouths in tropical rainforests.
Birds that inhabit this ecosystem include Wompoo Fruit Doves (Ptilinopus magnificus),
Pigeons (Ducula bicolor),
Little Kingfishers (Alcedo
Papuan Frogmouths (Podargus
Great Billed Herons (Ardea
Metallic Starlings (Aplonis
Orange Footed Scrub Fowls (Megapodius
endangered Southern Cassowary
Tropical Rainforest Animals: Mammals
Mammals that are found in this biome include Bennett's Tree
bennettianus), Masked White Tailed Rats (Uromys hadrourus),
Fawn Footed Melomys (Melomys
cervinipes), Spectacled Flying Foxes (Pteropus conspicillatus),
Striped Possums (Dactylopsila
trivirgata), many species of ringtail possums;
and the monotremes
Tropical Rainforest Insects Insects
grow huge in this climate. In Australian tropics, there are many
spectacular butterflies, the largest and prettiest ones are Cairns
and Ulysses Butterfly (Papilio
- they can be larger than small
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