Weird and wonderful amazonian wildlife
The Strangest Creatures found in the Amazon
. The Amazon is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet, with one out of ten species known to science being found there. Looking beyond well-known creatures like jaguars, anacondas and, internet favourite, the sloth (pictured), there are many weird and wonderful creatures to discover. Here are 25 of the most fascinating.
. Glass frogs are generally lime green in colour and some members of the family, like the one above, have translucent abdominal skin through which their internal organs can be seen.
Bald Headed Uakari
. The bald headed uakari owes its distinctive red face?to a?lack of skin pigments and the plentiful capillaries that run under its facial tissue. It is currently ranked as a species vulnerable to extinction.
. In one of the worlds most unusual?reproductive processes, female Surinam toads carry their fertilised eggs embedded on their back. The larvae develop through to the tadpole stage inside these pockets, eventually emerging?from the mothers back as?tiny, fully developed toads.?So now you?know where they got the idea for theGremlins?movie.
Bridal Veil Stinkhorn
. These fungi may look as pretty and demure as a bride blushing behind her wedding veil, but their odour is appalling. The stink is used to attract carrion eating flies which can then distribute the fungis spores.
. The capybara (pictured here carrying another Amazonian native, a squirrel monkey, on its back) is the world's largest rodent, its closest relatives being guinea pigs and rock cavies.
. What were looking at here is a close up view of a mata mata, a large freshwater?turtle with a peculiar flattened head, which makes it resemble a piece of bark a useful form of camouflage.
Ring Tailed Coatis
. Ring tailed coatis are widespread in tropical and subtropical South America. They live both on the ground and in the trees, searching for fruit among the leafy branches, and using their snouts to root out animal prey on the ground.
. The marvellously named marvellous spatuletail is a species of hummingbird, unique among birds for having just four feathers in its tail. What it lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality, as you ll see from the males two long racquet-shaped outer tail feathers pictured above. They are currently an endangered species.
. Amazonian manatees have been protected under Brazilian law since 1967, and are listed as a?vulnerable species. However, threats still exist?the pup pictured above was rescued by a fisherman in 2012, after its mother fell victim to poachers.
. The harpy eagle is the largest and most powerful raptor found in the Americas, and takes its name from the harpies of ancient Greek mythology female monsters in the form of birds with human faces.
. The bullet ant has the most painful sting of all ants. The Satere-Mawe people of Brazil sting themselves with bullet ants as part of their initiation rites to become a warrior.
. The pacu is a?bigger cousin of the betterknown piranha, though its not as aggressive.?And unlike its razor sharptoothed relative, it has unusual human-like teeth.
. Beautiful yet dangerous, this brightly coloured viper has supercilliary scales over its eyes, creating the illusion of eyelashes.
. The kinkajou (also known as the honey bear) has a five-inch (13cm) extrudable tongue that helps it to obtain fruit and to lick nectar from flowers.
Goliath Bird Eating Spider
. Arguably the biggest spider in the world in terms of mass, at least the Goliath bird eating spider does not actually prey on birds, but feeds primarily on insects. They have been known to bite humans when threatened, but their venom is relatively harmless.
Poison Dart Frog
. Poison dart frogs are so called because of the Amerindians' use of their toxic secretions to poison the tips of blowdarts. However, there are over 175 species of this frog, and only four have been documented as having been used for this purpose.
. Not to be messed with, the electric eel typically grows to around two metres?(6 ft 7in) in length, and can generate electric shocks of up to 600 volts.
. The potoo, as demonstrated in the picture above, is a master of disguise. They are nocturnal insectivores, but during the day they rest on tree stumps, camouflaged with their surroundings.
. Caecilians are a type of amphibian, although they bear a superficial resemblance to earthworms or snakes. Because they spend most of their lives burrowed underground, they are one of the least studied amphibians on Earth.
. Next to humans, leafcutter ants form the largest and most complex animal societies on Earth. Their underground nests can grow to more than 30 m (98 ft) across, with smaller mounds extending out to a radius of 80 m (260 ft), and containing as many as?eight million individuals.
Fer De Lance
. The fer de lance (French for spearhead) is one of the largest and most deadly snakes in Central and South America. Its excitable, unpredictable and strikes very, very fast.
Three Banded Armadillo
. The official mascot of the 2014 FIFA World Cup is a three-banded armadillo named Fuleco. His animal?namesakes are a vulnerable species, and the choice of mascot reflects environmental concerns and the importance of ecology.
Giant River Otter
. The giant river otter (pups pictured above) can grow to a massive six feet (1.8 metres) in length, and can weigh 70 pounds (31 kilograms) or more. Due to their size and speed they're also known as the 'river wolf' and, sadly, they're currently an endangered species.
. The payara, also known as the vampire fish, has two long fangs protruding from its lower jaw. It uses these to impale smaller fish which it then consumes.
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