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How do animals survive in the Amazon rainforest?

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Animals survive in the Amazon rainforest by adapting to their environment. Many animals develop a niche in order to survive, whether they eat certain hard-to-obtain foods or live high in forest canopies where other animals cannot live.

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The Amazon rainforest is the largest rainforest in the world. It covers approximately 40 percent of South America and spans eight different countries. It is home to almost 30 percent of the world's animal species. These creatures have adapted to survive in their specific environments located within the rainforest, which include swamps, savannas and the worlds most voluminous river.

Some birds, such as macaws, live high up in the tree canopies. They have special beaks that are very sharp and strong, which they use to crack hard-to-open nuts for food. Bats use echolocation to find insects to eat, while others feed mostly on tropical fruit.

Other animals, such as the three-toed sloth, develop camouflage. It lives in the trees and moves very slowly, and has a fungus that grows in its fur to help it avoid being detected by predators.

Finally, some creatures protect themselves by using inherent physical characteristics. For example, the colorful but deadly poison arrow frog uses its brightly colored skin to warn predators of the toxins in its body.

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