Many animals have adapted to the rainforest by adopting arboreal, or tree-dwelling, lifestyles. For example, chimpanzees have incredibly strong arms and hands, which help them to climb through the many branches and vines in the rainforest understory, according to The Guardian. In addition to their impressive strength, chimpanzees possess very long and flexible arms, which also help them to climb skillfully through the trees.Know More
Sloths are another rainforest creature that has adapted to the rainforest by moving into the trees. Living high in the canopy, these slow-moving mammals primarily subsist on a diet of tree leaves. As explained by Conserve Nature, this is a very low-energy food source, as most of the nutrition in the leaves is difficult to access because of the cellulose component of the leaves. To address this problem, sloths have evolved large, multi-chambered stomachs to digest the tough vegetation.
Some of the creatures living in rainforests, especially those of Southeast Asia, have evolved the ability to glide. According to the National Wildlife Federation, the forests of Borneo contain snakes, frogs and lizards that possess anatomical adaptations that help them to glide. The lizards utilize extensible flaps along their sides, while the frogs use webbing between their fingers to glide gently through the habitat. By contrast, the snakes spread their ribs widely to slow their descent through the trees.Learn more about Biology
The nearly 6,000 lizard species have adapted to their environment in nearly as many ways. Some evolve camouflage that helps them to blend in with their environment, while others develop gaudy colors and displays used to attract the attention of mates or to dissuade competitors. Lizards frequently adapt to the food sources available in their habitats as well as the predators from which they must hide.Full Answer >
The few plants that grow in a tundra biome have adapted by remaining dormant in the long, extremely cold winter season and taking advantage of the short summer months to grow and propagate. The plants have shallow roots, are able to perform photosynthesis even in cold temperatures and have small leaf structures.Full Answer >
Pandas have adapted to their environment thanks to their sixth toe that they can use to eat bamboo more efficiently, their large head with a strong jaw that can chew bamboo and the digestive system that pandas use in order to break down the bamboo. Most of the panda bears adaptations are related to bamboo because bamboo is the panda's primary food source.Full Answer >
Pandas have adapted to their habitat by evolving a body shape, a digestive system and behavior patterns to accommodate a diet consisting almost exclusively of bamboo. Their fur has evolved to conform to the climate, landscape and foliage of their habitat. Because of the hilly terrain and lack of severity of the weather, they do not hibernate like other bears but instead move to lower elevations in winter.Full Answer >