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62 Interesting Facts About Amazon Forest Animals - Fun Facts

Updated: Sep 5

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
Interesting Facts

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
Interesting Facts About Amazon

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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32. There are more than 120 species in the translucent-skinned tree frog family.


33. An observer can see that the heart is pumping blood through the arteries and food is passing through the gut.


34. Glass frogs are nocturnal and spend their days hiding under leaves and among branches.


35. They are territorial animals and make noises to keep other animals away.


36. The average lifespan of the glass frog is usually 10 to 14 years in the wild.


Anaconda

Interesting Facts About Amazon Forest Animals

37. Green anacondas can stay underwater for up to 10 minutes.


38. Anacondas are non-venomous snakes. The characteristic of anacondas is that they kill their prey not by poison, but by strangulation.


39. The anaconda breaks the bones of its prey first. After neutralizing their prey in this way, they begin to swallow it.


40. The reason they climb trees is to keep their body temperature high.


41. Anacondas can live for a long time without feeding.


42. Normally, the anaconda diet does not include the human species. Anaconda usually prefers non-fighting species during hunting.


43. The female green anaconda does not feed while pregnant.


44. The largest anaconda ever caught is 5 meters, up to 98 kilograms.


Capybara

Interesting Facts About Amazon Forest Animals

45. It is actually the rodent version of the hippo.


46. Capybaras always live near bodies of water due to their semi-aquatic lifestyle.


47. Capybaras can dive and stay underwater for up to 5 minutes at a time, and will often fall asleep in the water while keeping their noses at the edge of shores.


48. Depending on what they want, the sounds it makes can change.


49. Their teeth continue to grow continuously.


50. Capybaras are autophagic, meaning they eat their own feces.


Giant anteater

Interesting Facts About Amazon Forest Animals

51. Giant anteaters prey only on social insects (i.e. ants and termites).


52. Their stomachs produce formic acid instead of hydrochloric acid.


53. Giant anteaters do not have teeth; instead, they have tongues that can reach 610 mm (2 ft.) long.


54. Unlike other anteater species, adult giant anteaters rarely climb trees.


55. Anteaters can detect insects with their strong sense of smell, which is 40 times that of humans.


Iguana

Interesting Facts About Amazon Forest Animals

56. The life expectancy varies depending on the species but is between 4 and 60 years old.


57. The tallest of the iguanas is the green iguana.


58. Iguana meat is consumed frequently in Central America. The chicken on the tree is served under the name of bamboo chicken.


59. They usually live near water and are excellent swimmers.


60. Most male iguanas claim their land and will fight to the death of any other male iguanas that enter their territory.


61. They usually dig multiple holes in their nests to fool animals that come to eat their eggs.


62. The eggs hatch on their own and the offspring grow without a parent.



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