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62 Interesting Facts About Amazon Forest Animals - Fun Facts

Updated: Sep 5, 2021

Amazon forests have a unique nature in the world. This is a place with both cute and deadly animals. The creatures and animal species living in the region are so many that many are still waiting to be discovered. We have prepared interesting and entertaining information about the animals living in the lush Amazon Forests, full of animal sounds and shaded by tall trees!



Jaguar

Interesting Facts About Amazon Forest Animals
Amazon Forest Animals

1. The life expectancy of jaguars in their natural habitat is around 12 years. They have been found to live for 23 years in captivity.


2. Although it is generally described as a nocturnal animal, it is more active before sunrise and after sunset.


3. It can eat any animal it can catch, such as cats, frogs, mice, birds, fish.

Interesting Facts About Amazon Forest Animals
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4. The jaguar is a super predator, meaning it's at the top of the food chain and no other species prey on it.


5. The jaguar is a common symbol in contemporary culture. It is the official animal of Guyana and appears on its coat of arms.


6. They can be seen occasionally in Texas and Arizona.


7. Unlike many other cats, they do not run from water and can swim when necessary.


Sloths

Interesting Facts About Amazon Forest Animals
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8. They are the animals that cause the least harm to nature.


9. The fur of sloths extends in the opposite direction compared to other mammals.


10. Sloth cubs live hugging their mothers until they are five weeks old.


11. They are excretion only once a month.


12. The causes of death are mainly electrical wires and poachers.

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13. They can hold their breath in water for up to 40 minutes.


14. When females are ready to mate, they signal by screaming. Their sex only lasts 5 seconds.


16. There are nipples in the armpits.


17. 10,000 years ago there was a sloth the size of an elephant.


Piranha

Interesting Facts About Amazon Forest Animals
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18. Piranhas are freshwater fish.


19. Like sharks, they can sense blood in the water.


20. They attack cattle that enter the water or birds that fall into the water in flocks.


21. Piranha teeth were used by the locals to make weapons.


22. Contrary to popular belief, piranhas are not a great threat to humans. Piranha attacks are very rare.


Spider monkeys

Interesting Facts About Amazon Forest Animals
Facts About Amazon Forest Animals

23. Spider monkeys have strong tails.


24. Spider monkey troops are matriarchal, meaning the females are the leaders.


25. There are seven species of spider monkeys and they are all endangered.


Harpy Eagle

Interesting Facts About Amazon Forest Animals
Amazon Forest Animals

26. Harpy eagles build their nests at the top of the tallest trees in the forest.


27. Like an owl, the harpy eagle has facial disc feathers that can be lowered or raised at will.


28. Harpy eagles are larger than bald eagles.


29. The claw of the adult harpy eagle is about 13 cm.


30. The harpy eagle takes its name from a beast from ancient Greek mythology with a human face and the body of an eagle.


31. It is the national bird of Panama.


Glass Frog

Interesting Facts About Amazon Forest Animals

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