Top 10 Strangest Amazon Rainforest Animals

Top 10 Strangest Amazon Rainforest Animals

The Amazon rainforest is one of the true nature wonders on Earth. The Amazon rainforest is a home for over 2.5 million different species of insect, more than 40 thousand varieties of plant, one and a half thousand bird species and over 2 thousand fish species, and below you can find the top 10 strangest of all Amazon animals.

1. Donald Trump’s Wig

 Oruga Borreguilla. Megalopyge opercularis

Photo by JDaniel Cornu

The hair of this caterpillar has been likened to Donald Trump’s wig which seems a little harsh on it. Megalopyge opercularis lives in the parts of Central America and southern United States. If you see one in nature, don’t be fooled by its friendly, comedy appearance, because hair-like protrusions are not for stroking. They have venomous spines. When you touch it, if you’re lucky, the swelling, discomfort and itching will be localized, but that is usually not the case. The irritation can spread through your limbs causing headache, difficulty breathing, abdominal distress, burning, swelling, rashes, blisters, and sometimes chest pain, nausea and numbness. Megalopyge opercularis lives on oak, citrus and elm trees, so if you see a hairy patch on one of those trees, don’t stroke it.

 

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  • The fast-disappearing Amazon rainforest harbors some amazing creatures. Most of us have heard of vampire bats, piranhas and the anaconda, but among the forest s inhabitants are weird and wonderful animals just as bizarre as the more famous ones, if not more so. Here are 10 of the most bizarre Amazon rainforest animals you ve likely never heard of.