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Only females bite, though. Hunting In the rain forest, venturing out to find food is a dangerous job Ð itÕs nothing like a trip to the supermarket! You have to be careful a nd lucky. There are traps and ambushes laid everywhere. The mantis is weighed down by its fat bottom-half, so it will not overbalance. Caught in a web There are millions of spiders in the rain forest, some as big as your hand. Orb weaver spiders catch their prey in impressive webs like this. Its front feet have spikes to help it hold onto prey.
It creeps up on its prey and paralyzes it with a venomous bite. The spider then sucks up the contents of its victimÕs body. This stinkhorn is one of millions of fungi that eventually break down dead matter. 33 Insect armies The jungle is alive with insects as they busily go about their daily tasks. Many live in communities that are similar to armies. Wasp architects Paper wasps chew up wood to make strong, light paper. They use the paper to build a cluster of cells for the queen waspÕs grubs to live in.
In nutrients, where Tropics the hot area that runs plants can grow around the world in a band, on more easily. either side of the equator. Herbivore a plant Understory the layer below eater. the canopy, made up of smaller Imitation when an animal trees and bushes. doesnÕt look like an animal at all, Wingspan the distance but something its predators would from wing tip to wing tip. overlook, or never eat. Anaconda Animal alphabet 38, 39 South America Ants (in ant plant) 18 South East Asia Archer fish 40 South East Asia, Australia Army ants 35 Central and South America Asian leaf frog 31 South East Asia India South East Asia Central America South America (Amazon rain forest) Africa Australasia Madagascar Basalisk lizard 39 Central and South America Blue morpho butterfly 14 Central and South America Capybara 38, 39 South America Chameleon 27 Madagascar Chimpanzee 23 Africa Colobus monkey (Black and white) 15 Africa Colugo 14, 19 South East Asia Common marmoset 14 Central and South America Crocodile (Spectacled caiman) 7, 9, 41 Central and South America Elephant (African) 25 Africa (Asian elephants live in Indian jungles) Emperor tamarin 8, 9 South America False leaf katydid 30 Central and South America Fishing bat 42, 43 Central and South America Fruit bat 28 All Gecko (flying) 22-23 South East Asia Giant armadillo 32 South America Gibbon (Siamang) 22 South East Asia Golden tree boa 27 Central and South America Gorilla 5, 32, 33 Africa Great white egret 39 All Green tree python 20-21 Australasia Hermit hummingbird 18 Central and South America Hummingbird (Violet-eared) 27 Central and South America Termites 35 All Thorn bug 31 Central and South America Tiger (Indian) 43 India Toad (Asian burrowing) 42 South East Asia Toucan 8, 9 Central and South America Tree kangaroo 15 Australasia Vampire bat Every animal found in this book is listed here, along with its page number and which area of tropical rain forest it comes from.