Top 30 RainForest Animals
This Article you read some Rainforest animals these are :- Aye-aye, Civet, Harpy Eagle,Boa Constrictor,Leafcutter Ant, Ocelot, Lemur, Tiger and more.
Anteaters are members of a group of animals with the Latin name Vermilingua, which means ‘worm tongue‘. The name comes from their long, thin tongues, which are used to gather up ants and termites. 0There are four species of anteater: the giant anteater, silky anteater, southern tamandua and northern tamandua.
Aye-ayes are found in the rainforests of Madagascar. They are a species of lemur (see further down the page), and are the world’s largest nocturnal primates. Aye-ayes eat grubs, which they find by tapping on trees. They have specially-adapted middle fingers for hooking grubs out of holes
Binturongs – otherwise known as ‘bearcats‘– are the largest members of the animal family Viverridae. (Members of this family are known as vive rids).The binturong’s long tail is ‘prehensile‘, which means that it can hold onto things. It is used as an ‘extra hand’ when the binturong is climbing. In fact, the binturong is the only Old World mammal with a prehensile tail. (‘Old World’ is a term for the continents of Europe, Asia and Africa combined.) Binturongs live in the forests of South and Southeast Asia.
Blue Morph Butterfly:
The blue morph is a brilliant blue butterfly that feeds (among other things) on rotting fruit found on the floor of South and Central American rain forests.
Boa constrictors are large rain forest snakes. They ambush their prey, then constrict (squeeze) it before swallowing it whole. These fearsome reptiles are found in Central and South American rain forests.
Caimans are predatory reptiles that live in the rivers and lakes of Central and South American rain forests. There are six species of caiman. Together with crocodiles, alligators and gavials, caimans form a group of animals known as ‘Crocodilians‘. The spectacled caiman is the world’s most common crocodilian.
Capybaras are the world’s largest rodents. They live in South and Central American forests. Capybaras have several adaptations for a semi-aquatic lifestyle, and are always found living close to water.
Civets are cat-like mammals found in rainforests in Asia and Africa. They produce a strong-smelling substance that can be used to make perfume. Like Binturongs (see further up the page), civets are members of the Viverridae family.
Coatimundi is also known as ‘coatis’. These cat-sized carnivores are members of the raccoon family, Procyonidae. Coatis are found in South America and in southern North America.
Green anacondas are the world’s heaviest species of snake, but not the longest. However, they can still grow to over 5 meters in length. Green anacondas are excellent swimmers, and can be found in the lakes and rivers of the Amazon Rainforest.
Harpy eagles are the largest birds of prey found in the Americas (the continents of North and South America combined). They live in the tops of the trees in rainforests — a habitat known as the ‘canopy’.
All fifteen species of howler monkey live in the rainforests of South and Central America. Howler Monkeys use their loud voices to let rival troops know where they are. A howler monkeys cry can be heard through 3 miles of rainforest. Despite this, Howler Monkeys are sometimes kept as pets.
Iguanas are large lizards that live in the forests of Central and South America. Although they look fierce, they mainly eat plants.
Jaguars are the world’s third-largest cat species, only tigers and lions are bigger. Jaguars live in South American rain forests, where they are apex predators (i.e. top of the food chain). Jaguars have extremely powerful jaws and are excellent swimmers – not even caimans are safe from these majestic predators!
They may be small, but leafcutter ants are some of the most amazing rainforest animals. Their huge nests can be home to over 8 million insects (there are many countries in the world with smaller human populations than this). Perhaps even more amazingly, leafcutter ants grow their own food in special ‘fungus gardens, within their immense nests.
Lemurs are small primates that are found in Madagascan rainforests. In fact, they’re ‘endemic‘to the island of Madagascar, which means they aren’t found anywhere else.
Leopards are big cats famous for their spotted coats. A leopard’s spots are called ‘rosettes‘. One way of telling leopards and jaguars apart is by looking at their rosettes. Those of a leopard are empty, whereas a jaguar’s rosettes are filled with smaller black marks. Leopards are also slightly smaller than jaguars, and live in Africa and parts of Asia, rather than in South America. Leopards are incredibly strong, and can drag their prey up trees. (They have to do this, otherwise lions and hyenas might try to steal it from them).
Ocelot: – Rainforest Animals
Ocelots are wild cats that are also known as ‘dwarf leopards’ because they have similar markings to their bigger cousins. As well as living in the rainforests of South America, they are also found in Central America, and even as far north as Texas.
Orangutan – RainForest Animals
Orangutans are members of the great ape family, Homicide – just like us. Orangutans are found in the rainforests of the Southeast Asian islands Borneo and Sumatra. The name ‘orangutan’ means ‘man of the forest’ in the local language. Sadly, all three species of orangutan are now critically endangered, mainly due to deforestation.
Piranhas are fish found in the lakes and rivers of South America. They are carnivorous (meat-eating) and have sharp teeth and powerful jaws. Despite their big teeth and fearsome looks, piranhas are just as often preying for other animals as they are predators.
Poison Dart Frog: – RainForest Animals
There are around 170 species of poison dart frog. Most of them have brightly-colored skin, which warns potential predators that the frogs are poisonous. Some poison dart frogs, such as the golden poison frog, are among the world’s most poisonous animals. Poison dart frogs are found in Central and South American rainforests.
Red Eyed Tree Frog: – Rainforest Animals
Red eyed tree frogs are among the most recognizable of all amphibians! These iconic frogs live in rainforests in Central America. The red eyed tree frog’s bright colors are part of a defense mechanism called ‘startle coloration‘. The frog hopes that a quick flash of its bright red eyes will momentarily confuse any potential predators, giving it time to escape.
Sloth: – Rainforest Animals
Sloths are medium-sized rainforest mammals of the Americas. They are famous for being slow-moving, and have developed a slow metabolism (the rate at which their body processes work) because the leaves that they eat contain very little energy.
Spider Monkey: – Rainforest Animals
It’s not hard to see how spider monkeys got their name; their long limbs and tail make them look like giant spiders! Spider monkeys live in the rainforests of South America. All seven species of Spider Monkey are now threatened; one is rated Vulnerable, five are endangered, and two are Critically Endangered.
Tapirs are large hoofed animals. They have long, prehensile snouts that are used to grasp and manipulate foliage and other food. (Prehensile means adapted for grasping or holding.) Tapirs are related to rhinoceroses and horses. The only species of tapir found outside of the Americas is the Malayan tapir, which is found in Asia.
Tarsier: – Rainforest Animals
Tarsiers are small primates that live in rainforests in Southeast Asian islands. They have extremely large eyes and long tails. Tarsiers move around by leaping through the trees.
Tiger: – Rainforest Animals
Several tiger subspecies live in rainforest regions in Asia. Tigers are an endangered species, with some tiger subspecies being critically endangered.
Toucan: – Rainforest Animals
Toucans are distinctive Central and South American rainforest birds, famous for their huge, colorful bills.
Bats are mammals whose arms have evolved into wings, allowing them to fly. There are three species of vampire bat, all of which feed on the blood of other animals. Vampire bats know exactly where to bite their victims – they use infrared radiation to see where blood flows closest to the skin. Vampire bats are found in the America.
The American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis), sometimes referred to colloquially as a gator or common alligator, is a large crocodilian reptile endemic to the southeastern United States. It is one of two living species in the genus Alligator within the family Alligatoridae; it is larger than the other extant alligator species, the Chinese alligator. Adult male American alligators measure 3.4 to 4.6 m (11.2 to 15.1 ft) in length, and can weigh up to 453 kg (999 lb). Females are smaller, measuring 2.6 to 3 m (8.5 to 9.8 ft) in length. The American alligator inhabits freshwater wetlands, such as marshes and cypress swamps from Texas to North Carolina. It is distinguished from the sympatric American crocodile by its broader snout, with overlapping jaws and darker coloration, and is less tolerant of saltwater but more tolerant of cooler climates than the American crocodile, which is found only in tropical climates.
The lion (Panthera Leo) is a species in the family Elide; it is a muscular, deep-chested cat with a short, rounded head, a reduced neck and round ears, and a hairy tuft at the end of its tail. The lion is sexually dimorphic; males are larger than females with a typical weight range of 150 to 250 kg (330 to 550 lb) for the former and 120 to 182 kg (265 to 400 lb) for the latter. Male lions have a prominent mane, which is the most recognizable feature of the species. A lion pride consists of a few adult males, related females and cubs. Groups of female lions typically hunt together, preying mostly on large ungulates. The species is an apex and keystone predator, although they scavenge when opportunities occur. Some lions have been known to hunt humans, although the species typically does not.
The sloth bear (Melursus ursinus) is an insectivorous bear species native to the Indian subcontinent. It is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, mainly because of habitat loss and degradation. It has also been called labiated bear because of its long lower lip and palate used for sucking insects. Compared to brown and black bears, the sloth bear is lankier, has a long, shaggy fur and a mane around the face, and long, sickle-shaped claws. It evolved from the ancestral brown bear during the Pleistocene and through convergent evolution shares features found in insect-eating mammals.
The red deer is the fourth-largest deer species behind moose, elk and samba. It is a ruminant, eating its food in two stages and having an even number of toes on each hoof, like camels, goats and cattle. European red deer have a relatively long tail compared to their Asian and North American relatives. Subtle differences in appearance are noted between the various subspecies of red deer, primarily in size and antlers, with the smallest being the Corsican red deer found on the islands of Corsica and Sardinia and the largest being the Caspian red deer of Asia Minor and the Caucasus Region to the west of the Caspian Sea. The deer of central and Western Europe vary greatly in size, with some of the largest deer found in the Carpathian Mountains in Central Europe. Western European red deer, historically, grew to large size given ample food supply (including people’s crops), and descendants of introduced populations living in New Zealand and Argentina have grown quite large in both body and antler size. Large red deer stags, like the Caspian red deer or those of the Carpathian Mountains, may rival the wapiti in size. Female red deer are much smaller than their male counterparts.
The Cape fox is also called the cama fox or the silver-backed fox, is a small fox, native to southern Africa. It has black or silver gray fur with flanks and underside in light yellow. The tip of its tail is always black.