Millions of different kinds of animals live in rain forests. Animals live in all four layers of the rain forest. Most animals live in the canopy layer. Orangutans have developed long, powerful arms to swing from tree to tree. Small animals like monkeys, birds, rodents, snakes, and frogs never touch the ground. They hide in the understory for shelter from the rain and protection from other animals. Many animals, like the sloth, use camouflage for protection from predators. Blueish-green algae grows on its fur, which helps the sloth to blend in with the trees. Many birds use their beaks to help them. Toucans use their bright colored beaks to crack very hard seeds, eat fruits, and to scare away enemies.
During the day, tree frogs rest inside bromeliads (plant) for protection or keep safe and hidden from other animals. At night, they catch insects with long, quick-action tongues. Many animals are nocturnal or sleep during the day and come out at night.
toucan (photo from cotf.edu) sloth (photo from cotf.edu)