Chile is a long slim country that spans different latitudes and altitudes. The landscape ranges from the coast to the tall Andes, and the northern region is a desert. The middle of the country is more humid and temperate, whereas the southern region is a rainforest.
Among the rodents there are chinchilla, degu, and mountain viscacha. These rodents are popular for their very fine furs. Other animals include the nutria, which is a water rodent that lives in the streams. While the guanaco is wild, several variants of this species have been domesticated, including llamas, alpacas and vicu��a. Llamas are used as beasts of burden, whereas alpacas and vicu��a provide fleece for weaving and knitting. The monito del monte is a marsupial that lives in the deciduous forests and rainforests.
The puma is the largest feline predator. There are also wolves and a long-tailed fox. Exotic birds live in some parts of Chile, including parrots and flamingos, and the condor, a scavenger, lives in the Chilean Andes. There are also many amphibians, although there are no poisonous reptiles or snakes. The huemul, a deer, is rarely seen in the wild and lives in the Southern Andes. It appears on the national coat of arms.Learn more about South America