By Rebecca Hogue Wojahn
Welcome to a South American rain woodland! As you push your method throughout the thick, eco-friendly jungle, you notice, pay attention, and believe the natural world. Howler monkeys screech overhead as they munch on leaves. Antbirds swoop via looking for tasty insects. Day and evening within the rain woodland, the search is directly to locate food--and to prevent changing into a person else's subsequent meal. All residing issues are hooked up to each other in a nutrients chain, from animal to animal, animal to plant, plant to insect, and bug to animal. What direction will you're taking to stick to the foodstuff chain throughout 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? stick to all 3 chains and plenty of extra in this who-eats-what event!
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The rain forest plants use those nutrients as food. It’s a good thing too, because the soil of the rain forest doesn’t provide many nutrients on its own. Last night for dinner, the decomposers got to work on . . Top: Mushrooms Bottom: Bird's-nest fungus . . the carcass of a jaguar. To find out what another jaguar is up to, turn to page 8. . the carcass of a giant armadillo. To find out what another giant armadillo is up to, tur n to page 29. . the carcass of a giant anteater. To find out what another giant anteater is up to, turn to page 22.
Good thing there are all those trees! To find ou t what the trees of the rai n forest are like, tur n to pag e 43 . Trees of the Rain Forest Rain forest trees are the “green treasures” of the jungle. 4 hectare) of rain forest, you can find almost one hundred different species of trees. In a northern forest, you would usually find only ten species The rain forest’s thick canopy layer is crammed with huge leaves. Each leaf is trying to be bigger that the next and gather more sunlight. Above the canopy is the emergent layer.
At the nest, their coworkers, the minima leaf-cutter ants, take over. They take the leaves deep underground. There they chew them up and then mix the pulp with poop. Out of the mix grows a special fungus. The fungus is the ants’ only food, and without the leaves, it won’t grow. The ant queen lives in the underground nest. She started the colony, and she lays all the eggs. The colony may grow to more than five million ants. A colony with that many leaf-cutter ants can pluck a tree bare in just a few hours—one piece of a leaf at a time.