Rainforest Animal Experience with Jungle Jo
It was wonderful to welcome Jungle Jo to Goldfield and to meet some of the most amazing rainforest animals. The animals that we handled live naturally in the many layers of the rainforest, from the dark floor to the top of the tallest trees (up to 240 feet high). We learnt the most fascinating facts about the animals and even got to stroke or hold them!
'Brian' the Giant Land Snail
Brian, like many of the animals we met in this workshop have made great adaptations to their bodies that help them to live in the jungle environment. All snails leave a snail trial and Brian's trail is very special, if you cut yourself when in the rainforest and put Brian onto the cut his snail trial will help to heal it!
'Millie Vanillie' the Giant Millipede
Did you know that when a giant millipede is born they only have 30 legs? They bury themselves underground and gradually, as they grow, they develop more body segments and legs until they become adults when they have 200 legs!
'Curly Sue' the Martinique Pink Toe Tarantula
'Curly Sue' does not like the wind so please don't blow on her. She is very fragile and needs to be handled very carefully. If you stroke her on the bottom she will start to spin her web!
This web is very strong it has been made by a tarantula that lives in the Caribbean. When the hurricane winds blow the web it is so strong that it does not break!
'Banjo' the Tree Frog
'Banjo' likes to live in the tree tops where there are lots of epiphytes (plants that grow on other plants such as trees) Epiphtes at the top of the trees catch rain water in their leaves and the animals can drink from the leaf cups. The water is full of nutrients.
Tiger Kissing Cockroach
'Oz' the New Caledonian Giant Gecko
'Oz' the New Caledonian Giant Gecko can quickly change colour depending on how warm he gets. We saw him change from dark green to light green almost beige.
'Rosie' the Royal Python
'Rosie' is 25 years old and like most snakes she has poor vision, instead she relies on her sense of smell. A small notch on the front of a snake’s lips allows for the tongue to easily flick in and out. When Rosie flicks out her tongue, she is smelling the environment. She moves her head to smell scents this is called directional smelling. Rosie is very clever she can move her body in 4 different ways. Can you remember the ways she can move her body?
We have loved meeting all of these rainforest animals. What an inspirational, interesting and fun day we have had!
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