Night Shift of the Rainforest – 9 Pictures + 1 Video

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How many times have you heard people say “they are night birds”? This term is generally used for those who function better in the dark, just like these amazing nocturnal animals with habitat in the untouched nature of rain forests. They are characterized by night activity, food search, need for mating.  We are accustomed to daylight and heavily dependent on our vision to determine what is happening around us. Once the night falls, our vision is limited to things illuminated by the moonlight. For us, that is a problem, but it’s just the right time for the vivid nightlife of a rainforest. Nocturnal animals, unlike us, have at least one highly-developed sense. Special “upgrade” includes large eyes, keen noses, big ears and sensitive whiskers, among other things. So, let's dive into the magical world of the rainforest nightlife.

Aye-Aye

The Aye-Aye is actually lemur that looks like a rodent, with rodent-like teeth that constantly grow and a specially adapted middle finger for food extraction. Aye-Aye is the world's largest nocturnal primate and spends most of its life high in the trees. They come down to the ground from time to time, but aye-ayes sleep, eat, travel and mate in the trees and are most commonly found close to the canopy where there is plenty of cover from the dense forest. During the day time, aye-ayes sleep in beds (much like nests) that are constructed and made of leaves and branches, before making an appearance after dark to begin their search for food. They commonly eat nectar, seeds, and fruits, but also insect larvae.

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Dawn Bat

The Dawn Bat is a small Southeast Asian rainforest bat. Its extraordinary role in this rainforest ecosystem has only been uncovered recently. Dawn Bats have elongated and narrow snouts which give them a dog-like appearance. Their ears are small and pointed and their eyes are round and small. Believe it or not, these bats do exactly the same thing as the bees. Dawn Bats are night animals and they emerge from the caves at sunset to feed on pollen powder and nectar of night-blooming plants. Their favorite flowers are from the durian and mangrove apple tree. As the Dawn Bat hangs onto the flower and pushes its slim nose inside to lick the nectar, pollen covers its chest and face. They are the main pollinators of these trees and crucial for their survival.

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Leopard cat

This cutie is a small wild cat native to continental South, Southeast and East Asia. Only slightly larger than its domesticated cousin, this fierce feline is known for its striking leopard-like spots. The Leopard cats belong to the endangered species since 2002. This amazing cat is a solitary hunter, hunting small mammals and birds at night. But anyway, the wild nature of this cat doesn’t diminish its cuteness.

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Wallace’s flying frog

This awesome frog is able of leaping up to 50 feet (15 meters) between trees. We are talking about the high class Olympic long jumper. This is Borneo’s largest flying frog. Wallace’s flying frogs use their long specialized toe pads and long toes to glide through the night air. This amazing frog may be found in pig wallows, feeding on small invertebrates and various insects.

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Emerald tree boa

This extremely vivid, non-venomous boa can be found in the rainforests of South America. It got its name because of the exceptional green color - the color of the emerald. They have a very strong tail which helps them to move through the branches. They spend their time during the day coiled over branches with their head comfortably resting in the middle of the coils. Like all other nocturnal animals they hunt at night, mainly small mammals and birds, but small reptiles and amphibians also can be found on their menu.

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