The tocan is found in the wild nowhere else in the world. it's huge beak,
which can be as long as 20 centimetres which
enables it to eat large fruit.
They are members of the parrot family.
The Amazon is home to the piranha, one of the world's
most terrifying fish. Up to 60 centimetres long,
piranhas hunt in shoals, or packs, and can kill cattle
or humans and strip the flesh from their bones
in a few minutes.
You wouldn't want one of these in your fish tank!
Weighing up to 90 kilograms and measuring up to 75 centimetres
at the shoulder. The Jaguar is the largest member
of the cat family outside Asia and Africa.
Giant Horned Frog
The rainforest atmosphere is so damp that a wide
variety of frogs can thrive without living close to rivers
or streams. The huge horned frog is found only in The Amazon forest .
An Anaconda at rest.
When it is hungry, it will uncoil itself
and lie still in the water with only its
eyes above the surface, waiting for prey.
Many stories are told about anacondas
attacking fishermen, but it is rare for
anacondas to attack humans unless
they are being directly assualted or
The Amazon rainforest is the home of over 300 species of mammals,
thousands of freshwater fish, tens of thousands of trees
and nearly a hundred thousand other plant species.
Also there are so many species of insects that
experts agree they will not find them all!
Some say it is 20,000. Others say it is nearer to millions!
New species of wildlife are still being discovered!
For more information go to http://www.mbarron/net/amazon/wildlife.htm
Information compiled by Michael Barron
The Amazon rain forest is the largest tropical forest
on earth, covering about 2.7 million square miles,
or 90% the size of the 48 lower States of the U.S.