The Understory Layer

 

Understory layer

 

The rainforest understory is very hot and humid, and damp.
The humidity keeps most of the animals in this layer alive. Animals like salamanders and frogs need to be in humid weather because their skin can not dry out. Some animals need to lay their eggs in water. This layers weather conditions allows the animals to do this. It is much darker in this layer and there is a lot less wind.
weather in the understory

 

Philodendrons     Larger philodendrons This layer is made up of young trees, shrubs, and soft-stemmed plants. Many houseplants are in this layer for example; philodendrons, zebra plants,  and prayer plants. These plants can live in your house. This is because these are low light areas. 

 

Most of the reptiles in this layer use camouflage to protect themselves from predators. Camouflage also helps some animals catch their food. This is because the animals blend into their surroundings making the prey unable to see the predator. Jaguars are also hard to see in this layer. They sit on top of the branches and jump down when their prey is not looking. The jaguars spots make him blend into the different color leaves up in the trees. Camouflage Butterfly

 

Ginger Flower Many different kinds of flowers grow in the understory.  Many of these plants are small. Ginger and passionflowers are two types of small flowers in this layer. These flowers are usually bright so the insects can see them. There are also a lot of green leafy plants. This is also so the plant can be seen.

 

There are many different insects in the understory layer. Insects are the most successful rainforest animal. There are many mosquitoes in this layer. Because there are no changes in seasons in the rainforest, mosquitoes breed all year long. There are also many stick insects. These insects resemble sticks and leaves to look like their surroundings. Spiders live in this layer. The spiders live underneath the bark of a tree and do not make webs. Mosquitoe

 

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