The animals known as Jesus lizards can literally walk and even run on water. Naturally, they can also swim. The special reptiles have also given the name of a famous thrash rock band.
The Amazon rainforest is home to a serious variety of plants and animals. Among the strangest one is the dynamite tree, further known as a sandbox tree. In order to spread its seeds, this tree bears fruits. Then instead of dropping that fruit to the forest ground as it becomes ripe, the fruit explodes and sends it seeds as far away as 150 feet.
The Amazon is famous with its diversity of frogs. Some of these frogs are colorful, others are camouflaged, and still others are dangerously poisonous. The coolest of them however is the glass frog. It has completely translucent skin, which allows us to look directly at its internal organs. It is rather cool, isn’t it?
There are numerous dangerous animals that one can encounter in the Amazon. The poison dart frogs is just one of many and it can easily be seen. However, if you want to see the candiru fish that will be rather hard. These little creatures are very tiny yet vicious parasites. They have a proclivity for human orifices… but not your mouth and your nostrils...
The electric eel creatures are very dangerous. Although simply called eels, they are a species of knife fish. They look and swim like eels, but they have a zapping power to attack the things that they want to eat. They use its electricity to light up the water and thus see where it is going.
Arapaima, also known as “pirarucu” or “paiche”, are gigantic carnivorous fish that is living in the Amazon and the surrounding lakes. These are pretty effective predators encased in armored scales that feed on fish and occasional birds. As these creatures need oxygen, they usually stay close to the surface. They also make a distinctive coughing sound when they emerge for air. The creatures can reach 2.7 meters in length and they weigh up to 90 kilograms. Even their tongue has teeth. Wow, how vicious is that!
Today there are still tribes of people that have not had contact with the outside world for centuries. You do not believe that? You better do. A recent expedition to the Amazon uncovered one such tribe, photographed by airplane. Imagine what it must be like to live in the deepest parts of the Amazon, to have no contact with modern technology, and to see a plane up in the sky?
In addition to the Amazon River we all know about, there is another river in the Amazon rainforest that is equally important and its name is the Rio Hamza. That river is completely underground and is much wider than the Amazon. It carries over 40 times the amount of water than the Thames in England. How cool is that!
The anacondas live in the Amazon rainforest, and more precisely - in the river that bears its name. They are very real and very dangerous, accepting people as potential food source. The anacondas can use their powerful muscles to squeeze the life out of you. Scary, isn’t it?
Is there something more beautiful than the dolphin? Yes - the pink dolphin, which is a fresh-water variant of the dolphins that we all know. It lives in the Amazon River, but you may not find them as cute as the real deal, as they have humps on their backs and not fins.
The pink dolphin can range in color from a faint pink to a bright flamingo pink, depending on the clarity of the water. Those dolphins that inhabit the deeper waters of the Amazon River are even more pink than the others.