Which Animals Live in the Rainforest?


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There are many different kinds of animals that live in the rainforest, including the toucan, spider monkey, macaw, boa constrictor, sloth, tree snail, morpho butterfly, poison-arrow frog and rhinoceros beetle. The most visible animals in the rainforest are insects; in Peru, a scientist once found 50 different kinds of ant species alone.

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Scientists estimate that the rainforest is home to more than 50 million different invertebrate species. More animal species can be found living in the rainforest than in any other area because the rainforest is one of the oldest ecosystems. Scientists are still discovering new animal species in the rainforest all of the time.

In the rainforest, due to the sheer number of animals, there is the concern of being eaten among animals. Every animal is prey for another and the animals living in the rainforest use techniques to help protect them from predators. Some animals have coloring that helps them to blend in with the surroundings. An example of this can be seen with the butterfly species that can close their wings in order to look like leaves. Some animals stay out of the way, such as the sloth, who moves slowly and is typically unseen by jaguars. Other animals are dangerous and have vibrant colors that tell the predators that they are poisonous. An example of this would be the poison arrow frog or the coral snake in the Amazon.

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