10 strange animals that live in the rainforest

The rainforest is truly an incredible place. With its own ecosystem that live in it variety of life. In addition to the obvious diversity of the plant world, it is home to many varieties of amphibians, insects, mammals, fish and birds.


Their vast area and incredible diversity is a major environmental force of the rainforest - the concentrated abundance of life is unmatched anywhere in the world. Of course, in among these animals in the rainforest, there are certainly some that give us pause.

1. The capybara

When most people think of rainforest mammals, its bats or monkeys. But in fact this world is much more varied, and the Capybara is a perfect example: it's the largest rodents in the world, weighing up to 90 kg.

They are extremely social and live in groups of up to 100 units. As herbivores they pose no danger, until you do not try to pick one up. Covered with reddish - brown fur, they are very pleasant to the touch, but if you meet one of them, it seems that at the clearing go to the big mower.

2. Cat caterpillar

If you do not pay attention to the unlovely name of this hefty invertebrate, it is a Prime example of what strange animals of the rainforest. Eventually it will become a mole, but while she's young it looks like a hairpiece.

You have to be careful touching it, because, as many caterpillars, it has hairs but prickly spines that cause irritation. Such camouflage it uses to scare off predators and annoying people.

"text-align: center;">3. Pink Dolphin

Also known as Dolphin of the Amazon river, this striking creature, being freshwater, runs on all the rivers and canals. Besides the fact that they are freshwater, they are different from other dolphins in that they do not have a dorsal fin and instead they have a hump, and they can move the head from side to side. The name is literal, as they have enough exposure to the sun, in the pink color can match a Flamingo in hue.

4. Okapi

Okapis are a very special creature. They belong to the order giraffes and think they couldn't decide what clothes to wear: they are dark in color with white stripes on the legs and from a distance resemble a Zebra. Okapis are extremely popular in various zoos of the world and especially in USA and Europe.

5. Bagheera Kipling

This is a very strange creature with bright color! However, it has one interesting feature: they are phytophagous and live at the expense of acacia. He does the usual spiders thing, but it is unique in the world, as it is an herbivore. It's not as scary as his brethren.

6. Mata Mata

Have you ever met him? It is not surprising if not. These freshwater turtles are extremely skilled at camouflage. They are large and have a settled lifestyle, with a flat head and shell dormancyrytoj any jewelry. They lie motionless in the water, simulating stone and shell they have overgrown with vegetation. When a fish goes by, they use their mouth as a vacuum to consume them. Obviously, this creature lives to prove that appearances can be deceiving.

7. Glass frog

They live mainly in trees, these guys are at first glance a simple tree frog and nothing more. They are generally green, and not more than three inches in length, and would leap away at the first sight. But they differ from other frogs is that the lower part of their body is translucent; so much so that you can see the internal organs (some even occur with a sheer back!). It is not clear what evolutionary advantage it gives them such a development, but it's not every day you see a living creature with a transparent stomach.

8. Pyrilia aurantiocephala or bald parrot

This bird hasn't got a colloquial titles, as it recently opened, but it's safe to assume that the words "bald" and "parrot" are about her. The bird itself has a wide range of colors on its body, but a completely bald head, giving her a mockingly stern look. They are not very common and sad fact that the relatively large population is shrinking.

9. Sloth

Familiar animal because of its slowness and love to sleep, but still interesting in its own way. His hair actually grows in the opposite direction to most mammals, so that bothto grant protection when the sloth is hanging upside down on a perch.

Sloth is synonymous with laziness and it really moves very slowly (six and a half feet per minute). Sloths rarely leave the trees and have recently discovered that they were sleeping about ten hours a day. Also, as arboreal creatures they are rarely seen on earth, but they are surprisingly good swimmers.

10. Normal vandelliya or Candiru

Left the most unpleasant thing - it is long, thin and evil looking fish differently known as vampire or toothpick from his antisocial behavior and invasion into the urethra of a man! And soon it gets there that you're not than it will not be recovered without surgical intervention.

There is, of course, conjecture about the veracity of the stories regarding these fish, and that the same is often said of the piranha. In all likelihood, this is just another reason why you can't swim in the Amazon.

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