MANGROVE FOREST ANIMALS
Mangrove forests hidden in the warm regions of the coastal zone are home to many different species of animals. Animals that live in mangrove forests seek shelter and resources from the mangrove trees. Both land and marine animals found in mangrove forests are adapted to the climate and conditions of the tides and muddy wet terrain.
ANIMALS IN MANGROVE FORESTS
Many of the mangrove forest animals are facing vulnerability and endangerment as global warming increases causing harsh rises in temperatures and human development that interrupts the natural cycle of the entire ecosystem found in the mangrove forests. Among all the hundreds of species that can be found in the mangrove forests lives some dangerous ones including highly venomous snakes and alligators that camouflage perfectly into the brown and green mud that surrounds the area. The mangrove forest is home to swamp animals, marine life, and birdlife that use the tree branches as shelter from predators as well as gain the ability to easily catch their prey through the mangrove’s resources.
MANGROVE FOREST ANIMALS LIST
Some of the animals you can expect to find within the mangrove forests include
Crocodiles roam around the mangrove forests shore line entrenched and hidden in swampy waters waiting to catch their prey. They inhabit saltwater spaces and thrive on the resources and shelter abilities provided.
Racoons are extremely common in mangrove forests and can be found alongside the swamps and well as in between the intertwined roots of mangrove trees in which they scavenge for food.
You can find iguanas resting hidden in between the mangrove trees and along their branches. Their unique ability to change colour according to their surroundings gives them a huge advantage of being able to stay hidden from predators and easily approach prey to feed themselves.
MANGROVE FOREST ANIMALS NAMES
Some more animals that can be found in the mangrove forest include bird species such as
- Brown pelican
- Snowy egret
- Mangrove cuckoo
Smaller animals that can be found in mangrove forests include
- Spotted mangrove crab
- Mangrove tree crab
There are also many marine species found in the saltwater surrounds of mangrove forests including
- Variety of crab species
- Variety of shrimp species
- Jacks fish
All these fish species use the mangrove forests swamps to find essential resources to feed and create shelter from larger marine life predators.
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