The Daintree - a tropical rainforest
The Daintree is a tropical rainforest in Queensland, Australia. It is listed as a World Heritage Area, and has over 700 species of plants and animals that can only be found there.
The Daintree is the home of the biggest conifer in the world, which is the bull kauri. The bunya pine and the plum pine are also in the Daintree.
The tallest cycad in the world is also found in the Daintree. This is Hope's cycad. The smallest cycad in Australia is also in the Daintree, the Bowenia.
Mammals, such as tree kangaroos, bats and tropical bettongs live in the Daintree.
Birds, including the cassowary, also live in the Daintree.
Some of the reptiles in the forest include snakes, crocodiles, geckos and lizards.
Frogs are amphibians that live in the Daintree. Rainbow fish are freshwater fish that can also be found there.
There are approximately 40 species of fern in the Daintree. These species are not found anywhere else in the world. Ferns are a unique plant known as vascular plants. This means that they circulate their water internally.
The Daintree has six types of conifer and one of these is the biggest in the world.
Cycads are palm-like, cone-bearing, evergreen plants.
The Bowenia is the smallest cycad to be found in Australia. This cycad has poisonous leaves, which are a glossy emerald colour. The Hope's cycad is the tallest cycad in the world. The seeds of Hope's cycad are toxic. See image 3
Palms first came from India. They have been in Australia, however, for millions of years.
Tree kangaroos: Tree kangaroos are small, shy mammals that hide in trees. They are only about 60 centimetres in height but they have a tail that is almost one metre in length.
Tropical bettong: The bettong is a rare nocturnal mammal. The bettong feeds on fungi and spends most of its time on the ground.
Cassowary: This endangered bird has a very colourful head and neck. It is the male that will incubate the eggs and raise the chicks. This bird, like the bat, is responsible for spreading the seeds of many trees.
Snakes: The amethystine python is the largest of the Australian pythons, and it lives in the Daintree. On average it will grow to about seven metres in length. They eat warm-blooded animals, which they kill by suffocation. Other snakes that live in the Daintree include the death adder and the taipan. These are venomous snakes.
Lizards: The Daintree is also the home of a lizard which is thought to have originated form Southeast Asia and New Guinea. The Boyd's forest dragon can grow to 50 centimetres in length and it has curved spikes that form a line down its back.
Frogs: The common green tree frog likes to live in moist, dark places. This frog eats insects like moths, flies and crickets and grows to about nine centimetres.
The rainbow fish is a colourful fish that is also found in New Guinea. It is a tropical-climate fish that lives in fresh water.