The Amazon rain forest has been nicknamed the "lungs of the planet," and it is really easy to see why. The lush, deep jungle of the Amazon is full of some of the most incredible plants and animals on earth. The foliage is dominated by massive leaves that are taller than a person, great old-growth trees that have been around for centuries, and more flowers and greenery than anywhere else in the world. Living in all of this bountiful nature are unique animals that call this green slice of paradise their home. Trekking deep into the Amazon means meeting some of these wondrous creatures.
From venomous creepy-crawlies like the Brazilian Wandering Spider to elegant and aloof sloths, the Amazon is teeming with animals big and small. The river itself is full of creatures that you will not see anywhere else on the planet. The Amazonian dolphin is an incredible shade of pink and can be seen leaping through certain parts of the river. Swimming below you'll find the Bull Shark, an apex predator of the Amazon and one of the most dangerous creatures in the region.
How well do you know your Amazonian animals? It's time to head deep into the jungle to find out!
This Amazonian animal is a river dweller. Who can name it?
Pink river dolphin
Amazonian pink river dolphins get their distinctive color from their diet. It is a rare treat to see one of these animals in the wild, and you can take many tours down the river to try to get a glimpse of one.
This bright winged creature can be found all over the Amazon. What is it?
Blue Morpho butterflies
Blue Morpho butterflies are some of the most spectacular creatures in the Amazon. They are notable for their bright blue hue and tend to fly in groups. You can find them in many parts of the rain forest.
This aquatic animal can give you quite a shock. What is it?
Electric eels are actually knife fish and are indigenous to the Amazon. While the shock from one of these animals is not generally fatal, electric eels can deliver a big enough blast to render you unconscious.
These snakes are known for being exceptionally dangerous. What are they?
Pit vipers are very dangerous because they are venomous and also can be exceptionally aggressive if disturbed. Amazonian wanderers could easily come across, and disrupt, one of these creatures without knowing it.
Capuchin monkeys are also known as white-faced monkeys and are generally very social. Some of them have even learned how to live and thrive alongside humans, and benefit from their association with us.
Assassin bugs might be small, but they can still be fairly problematic to humans. Their venom will kill similar sized prey quickly and can leave people with a painful sting. They can also transmit Chagas Disease.
This little fish is a famous carnivore. Who knows the name?
Piranhas are small fish with very sharp teeth. In movies, they are showed as being fierce predators that descend in swarms to eat humans alive. In real life, a school of piranhas is unlikely to kill a human.
Harpy eagles are one of the largest birds of prey in the world. They are extremely strong and can even lift monkeys and sloths right out of the trees. This massive predator is found in all parts of the Amazon.
What creepy crawly creature is one of the most fearsome in the Amazon?
Dandy long legs
Brazilian wandering spider
Brazilian wandering spiders are among the most venomous creatures in the world. Like many poisonous spiders, they will not actively harm humans unless provoked or startled — which is easy to do in the Amazon jungle!