Some Animals Live in Trees

Many animals live in trees as a safe place away from predators on the ground.

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Animals often make homes in old hollowed out trees. The tree provides both shelter and protection from other animals and predators.


Tree Squirrel

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The tree is home to many rodents such as the squirrel. The squirrel lives in many areas of the world. It is easily recognized by its bushy tail. Although some squirrels live in burrows underground, the tree squirrel makes its how in trees.

There are about 55 different types of tree squirrels living in the United States, Europe and Asia. The gray squirrel is a very common tree squirrel living in North America. Tree squirrels have bushier tails than ground squirrels and they use it for balance as they run along tree branches.Squirrels are great tree climbers. They can make leaps of 10 to 15 feet from branch to branch.

In addition to being a safe place away from predators, the squirrel can collect nuts, berries and fruit for food, and store them in the tree.



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Owls are large birds of prey who are best known for their hooting calls. Owls are generally nocturnal animals tending to sleep during the day and come out at night.

Most owls prefer to live in wooded areas, although some owls will find a home in old church steeples or old buildings.

An owl can be easily recognized by its large eyes on the front of its flattened face, and its hooked beak. Its large eyes, positioned on a flat face gives the owl very good eye sight. The owl also has very good hearing, allowing it to easily catch rodents, such as a mouse, in the dark.



Monkey and Chimpanzee

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Monkeys and chimpanzees are mammals which are port of the primate family along with humans. They tend to live in warm climates of Africa, Asia, Central America and South America.

Monkeys fingers and toes are well adapted for living in trees, allowing them to run and swing from branch to branch.

Chimpanzees are one of the most popular animals, studied for intelligence and similarity to humans. They have the ability to use tools, such as sticks, to help them catch bugs or to crack open nuts for food. They build their nests from branches and vines in trees.



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Some snakes, such as the Green Mamba of Africa, live in trees. In trees they can catch lizards, bird's eggs and small rodents for food.

The green tree python also lives in trees. Pythons can grow to be very large. Some up to 30 feet long. They have powerful bodies which they use to wrap around their prey, such as rodents and small animals, squeezing tightly to suffocate their victim.


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