Tropical Rainforest Animals and Insects
There are several different types of mammals that live in tropical rainforests ranging from very small to very large. The most well-known mammals are the larger mammals, such as tigers, leopards, jaguars, apes, and monkeys. However, most of the mammals in this type of rainforest are small, as well as nocturnal, and include several different species of rodents and bats, such as different types of mice, lemurs, and squirrels.
Tigers are possibly the most dangerous big cat in the world and it is also the biggest. It is native to southern and eastern Asia. They can weigh as much as 660 pounds and reach eleven feet long. This endangered cat can be found in a variety of areas including the tropical mangrove swamps.
Apes are an endangered species mostly due to the loss of their tropical rainforest habitat. There are several different apes and they all eat plants and insects. They are generally peaceful and quiet, but are also quite large . The males can reach 400 pounds and six feet tall, and the females can reach 200 pounds and five feet tall.
There are several different species of birds, some of which are migratory. Some of the most well-known birds include parrots, toucans, eagles, hornbills, vultures, and hawks.
Parrots are well-known birds that inhabit tropical rainforests. Their main feather color is green, but it is accompanied by several other bright colors, such as orange, red, blue, and yellow. They vary greatly in size. Their diet consists of seeds, fruit, nuts, flower buds, and other plant parts and material.
Vultures are birds of prey and scavengers. They feed on dead animal carcases, but will sometimes kill an animal that is sick or wounded and eat them. Two of their most dominant characteristics is that they are devoid of feathers and they have a bald head.
Reptiles and amphibians are also very abundant in tropical rainforests. Some of the most well-known include snakes, tortoises, crocodiles, turtles, lizards, toads, newts, frogs, salamanders, and caecilians.
Crocodiles can be found in the tropical rainforest and other tropical areas of Asia, Australia, Africa, and the Americas. They often congregate in freshwater habitats, such as lakes, wetlands, rivers, and in some cases, brackish water. They most often feed on fish, mammals, and reptiles, but may also feed on mollusks and crustaceans. Crocodiles vary greatly in size from anywhere between three feet to 16 feet in length and up to 2,600 pounds.
The insects in tropical rainforests range from small to rather large and from dangerous to non-dangerous. Some of the most well-known include several different butterflies, leaf insect, moths, several different types of beetles, and several different types of caterpillars.
Tropical rainforest butterflies are crucial to the rainforest because they pollinate the flowers and feed on nectar. These butterflies tend to be bigger than your typical garden butterfly and come in a large variety of colors. In the Amazon rainforest, some of the butterflies have transparent wings. Up to 150 different species of butterfly can be found within just eight square kilometers.