southeast Asian rainforest

The Southeast Asian Rainforest is the oldest and most biologically diverse rainforest in the world, being 70 million years old. This makes it older than the Amazon and the African Rainforests. With a range of more than 3,100 miles, it is crowded with plants and animals. The Southeast Asian Rainforest is made up of organisms that can only be found in Southeast Asia, which makes it diverse from other rainforest organisms.

Asian Rainforest Climate

The Southeastern Asian Rainforest has an average humidity of 70 to 90%. The reason the humidity is so high is because the rainforest is surrounded by the ocean. The average temperature is about 80 degrees. Precipitation levels are high here in this region, at 60 to 100 inches.

Asian Rainforest Vegetation

There are many different types of trees and flowers in these regions. Some are the curare: Chondrodendron tomentosum or the curare vine is one of the main plants used by the Indians in the Amazon to prepare these arrow poisons. Many different plants are used to prepare curare arrow poisons and many different recipes are used by different Indian tribes in the Amazon. With the curare, they make deadly, poisonous darts out of them. There is also the strangler fig:common name for a number of tropical and subtropical plant species, including some banyans and unrelated vines. There is one more that I find fascinating, the Tualang: emergent tropical rainforest tree species in the Fabaceae family. It is found in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand.

Asian Rainforest Animals

This region on the globe has by far, the coolest species on it. They have Komodo Dragons, Reticulated Pythons, and Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroos. Komodo Dragons are a heavily built monitor lizard that captures large prey such as pigs by ambush. Occurring only on Komodo and neighboring Indonesian islands, it is the largest lizard in the world. Reticulated Pythons are very large Asian pythons patterned with dark patches outlined in black. It is the longest snake at up to 36 feet. The Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroo has shorter hind limbs, strong, stocky arms, and a long tail for balance while leaping among the branches. This specific kind of kangaroo lives in the treetops to protect themselves from enemies. They are becoming endangered animals. They live on the New Guinea Island.

Southeast Asian Rainforest Soil

The type of soil the southeast Asian rainforest has is called oxicols, which is acidic, old, typically reddish, highly weathered, and leached.

Southeastern Asian Rainforest  Food-Web

The relationships among species in an ecosystem have been described as a "food chain" in which the larger animals eat the smaller. But the food chain image is a two-dimensional one, when in fact the picture is much more complex than it looks. Rainforest relationships are better described as a web--a rainforest food web.

Random Facts About Asian Rainforests

         ~ Giant bamboo plants can grow up to 9 inches a day.                                              ~Sloths move so slowly that algae are able to grow in their fur.                                 ~More than 2,000 different species of butterflies are found in the rainforests in South       America.                                                                                                                               ~ Flying animals of Asian rainforests include frogs, squirrels, and snakes.                          ~ 80% of the flowers are not found anywhere else in the world.                                        ~1 out 4 ingredients in our medicine is from rainforest plants, including the curare plant.

The Curare

The curare is a large liana found in the canopy of South American rainforests. The vines can get as thick as 4 inches at the base. They are large alternate, heart-shaped leaves that are smooth on top wit ha hairy bottom and indented veins radiating from the leaf base, along with greenish-white little flowers. It is a common name for various plant extract alkaloid arrow poisons originating from Central and South America.

The Reticulated Python

The reticulated python is the longest snake in the world. It is a species of python found in Southeast Asia. Adult reticulated pythons can grow to 6.95m. in length, but normally grow up to an average of 3-6m. The reticulated python gets its name from its distinctive color and pattern on its scales. They live in caves and trees, and have adapted to living in towns and cities where they hunt chickens, ducks, rats, domesticated cats, dogs, and pigs. Large reticulated pythons have eaten monkeys, wild boar, deer and even people. There are not man cases of these pythons capturing and eating people, but it has been reported in recent years.

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