tallest trees are the emergents, towering as much as 200 feet above the forest floor with
trunks that measure up to 16 feet around. Most of these trees are
broad-leaved, hardwood evergreens. Sunlight is plentiful up here. Animals found are
eagles, monkeys, bats and butterflies.
is the primary layer of the forest and forms a roof over the two remaining layers.
Most canopy trees have smooth, oval leaves that come to a point. It's a maze of leaves and
branches. Many animals live in this area since food is abundant. Those
animals include: snakes, toucans and treefrogs.
sunshine reaches this area so the plants have to grow larger leaves to reach the sunlight.
The plants in this area seldom grow to 12 feet. Many animals live here
including jaguars, red-eyed tree frogs and leopards. There is a large concentration
of insects here.
very dark down here. Almost no plants grow in this area, as a result. Since
hardly any sun reaches the forest floor things begin to decay quickly. A leaf that
might take one year to decompose in a regular climate will disappear in 6 weeks.
Giant anteaters live in this layer.