Amazon River Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: April Inocente
Have you ever heard of a river full of large and terrifying animals and so deep and wide that ships can pass through it? In this lesson you will learn about the amazing Amazon River, which is home to thousands of plants and animals.

The Amazon River

The Amazon River is more than 4,000 miles long, making it the second longest river in the world. That is longer than the United States from the east coast to the west coast! Even more amazing is that during the dry season, the widest parts of the Amazon are only a few miles wide, but during rainy seasons, the river can be more than 20 miles wide. This river is so deep and wide that large ships from the ocean use it.

It has over 1,100 tributaries flowing into it. A tributary is a river or stream that is connected to and flows into a larger river or lake. Think of a tributary like a branch on a tree. The large tree trunk is the river and the smaller branches are tributaries.

Amazon River and some of its tributaries in South America
Amazon River Map

The Amazon River is in South America and most of the river runs through the Amazon Rain Forest. The Amazon flows from west to east, with its water flowing into the Atlantic Ocean. Small villages, towns, and a few cities are nestled along the Amazon River. These people share an environment with some of the world's most terrifying animals!

Animals of the Amazon River

The animals of the Amazon River live in one of the world's most complex ecosystems. An ecosystem includes all of the plants and animals living in an area and how they interact with one another and their non-living environment. The Amazon is home to some of the world's most unusual and terrifying animals. Over 2,500 species of fish have been discovered there as well as a number of snakes, birds, reptiles, and mammals. A few animals that call the Amazon River home are highlighted here:

Anaconda Snake

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