South America wildlife
is very variable, colourful, and unique.
America - one of the continents that belonged to Gondwanaland,
relatively inaccessibe for animals from other continents, and has
consequently got a
largely endemic fauna.
While Australia (which has
animals for the same reason) has been entirely isolated
from other continents, South America has been almost - its only
entrance from the central (and northern) America has been the
The mammals found in South American rainforests are numerous. Jaguars
and pumas are the large predators.
Herbivores include mongooses and
deer, otters, opossums, iguanas, tapirs and monkeys. And the smaller
ones include rats, bats and squirrels.
The bird life is very variable and colourful too. While there are
hundreds of species of different birds, including the large family
colourful parrots, some of the most known birds in those rainforests
Both are also found in central America. Other famous ones are
hummingbirds - some of the smallest birds in the world.
Reptiles and Frogs
Reptiles are frogs are also impressive. The large anacondas -
world's largest snakes, are non-poisonous snakes that kill their prey
by strangling. Caymans are large deadly crocodiles that lurk in muddy
most famous - the large group
of poison dart frogs - so poisonous that their venom was used on the
tips of weapons by native people. They are very pretty in bright
colours and they are also found in Central America.
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