By Rebecca Hogue Wojahn

Welcome to a South American rain woodland! As you push your manner in the course of the thick, eco-friendly jungle, you spot, pay attention, and believe the flora and fauna. Howler monkeys screech overhead as they munch on leaves. Antbirds swoop by way of looking for tasty insects. Day and evening within the rain woodland, the quest is directly to locate food--and to prevent turning into anyone else's subsequent meal. All residing issues are hooked up to each other in a nutrition chain, from animal to animal, animal to plant, plant to insect, and bug to animal. What course will you are taking to persist with the nutrients chain in the course of the rain wooded area? Will you ... Crouch within the shadows with a jaguar? Slither throughout the leaves with an anaconda? Lurk within the jungle evening with a tarantula? keep on with all 3 chains and lots of extra in this who-eats-what experience!

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To fin d out what anothe r pink-toed tarantul a is up to, tu rn to pa ge 20 . . a baby antbird, fallen from its nest. To find out what another antbird is up to, tur n to page 16. een iguana . . a young gr rry away fast that didn’t scu d out what enough. To fin uana is up en ig another gre p a g e 18 . to, t u r n t o Glossary bacteria: tiny living things made up of only one cell canopy: the highest branchy layer of a forest formed by the treetops carnivore: an animal that eats other animals colony: a mass of plants or animals of one species that live together decompose: to decay, or break down, after dying decomposers: living things, such as insects or bacteria, that feed on dead plants and animals detritivores: creatures that use plant and animal waste as food endangered: close to dying out epiphytes: plants that grow on other plants but get water and nutrients from the air and rain food chain: a system in which energy is transferred from plants to animals as each eats and is eaten food web: many food chains linked together 60 habitats: areas where a particular group of plants or animals naturally lives and grows larva: the wormlike stage in an insect’s life between the egg and adult forms New World: the landmass of North America, Central America, and South America nutrients: substances, especially in food, that help a plant or animal survive pollinate: to carry a flower’s seed-making material from one plant to another predators: animals that hunt and kill other animals for food prehensile: able to grasp and hold onto things prey: animals that are hunted for food by other animals primary consumers: animals that eat plants producers: living things that make their own food rain forest: a thick forest that normally gets more than 160 inches (406 centimeters) of rain a year secondary consumers: animals and insects that eat other animals and insects species: a group of related animals or plants tertiary consumers: animals that hunt other animals and have few natural enemies Further Reading and Websites BOOKS Forsyth, Adrian.

They help her find all those insects in the dark. But right now, she’s paying attention to something else. From a lower branch comes a clucking sound and then a low note. It’s the call of a male monkey frog. She climbs down to meet him. When she finds him, she’ll decide if she likes him. If she does, they’ll mate. Together they’ll find a cone-shaped leaf, such as on a bromeliad plant. Water gathers in the bottom of these leaves, forming a sort of minipond. The minipond provides a perfect environment for the frogs to lay their eggs.

In fact, howler monkeys are the loudest creatures in the New World. They’re even louder than your little brother or sister! They can be heard up to 3 miles (5 kilometers) away. If any other howler monkeys are in the area, they’ll answer the call. Howler monkeys rest almost nineteen ending hours a day. But Howlers howl because they’re def live this troop is on the their neighborhood. They usually move. They’re looking and roam within an area about the and for fresh new leaves size of a large school playground, Each to feed on.

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