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Amazing Animals Of The Amazon Rainforest

Yellow-Spotted River Turtles Have Lots Of Babies

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The yellow-spotted-river turtle can lay up to 35 eggs at a time. Doing this twice a year helps ensure the survival of the species as the babies scurry from land to river as quickly as possible.

It is also one of the largest South American breeds of river turtle. By the time it reaches adulthood, a yellow-spotted river turtle can be 18 inches long and weigh as much as 18 pounds! If you think this turtle is impressive, our next animals best defense mechanism will blow you away!

A Caterpillar With A Tricky Defense Mechanism

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The caterpillar pictured above is not hiding behind bristles. These bristles are full of poison, ready to ruin any predator’s perfect day. The population of this possibly deadly animal is spreading rapidly across the Amazon rainforest.

Anyone venturing in the Amazon should be careful. As beautiful as this caterpillar is, it is not known if enough toxin can be produced to kill a human.

This Dwarf Caiman Isn’t That Small

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The Cuvier’s dwarf caiman can grow up to five feet long, putting the name in question. Hiding just underneath the surface, this predator lives in one of Ecuador’s largest oil reserves.

Exploitation of the resource has threatened the dwarf caiman’s population. To combat the problem, the government proposed to ban the further exploitation of the fields, leaving the oil permanently in the ground.

Beetles Are Bold And Beautiful

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Photo Credit: Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images

As you can see, beetles in the Amazon rainforest are bold and beautiful. Bright colors separate this beetle from the pack. As beautiful as it is, it is also vital to the ecosystem of the Amazon.

In nature, beetles serve multiple purposes. They move seeds and pollen around, enriching the soil they live in. In some cultures, they are even used as a primary food source! You would never want to eat the beautiful butterfly coming up next!

The Bamboo Page Butterfly Flies Through The Canopy

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With wingspans up to fours and half inches long, the bamboo page butterfly is a breathtaking site. Living across South America, this butterfly spends most of its time flying through the rainforest canopy.

On rare occasions, the bamboo page butterfly gets really adventurous and flies up to Texas. It has been spotted in the Rio Grande Valley in the southern part of the lone star state.

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