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Jan 07

Creatures of the Continents - Part 2: South America by Cody Rasmussen

Posted on January 7, 2022 at 4:02 PM by Genesis Gaule


"Humankind must begin to learn that the life of an animal is in no way less precious than our own."
-Paul Oxton

Upon this planet we call home, one can find a great multitude of forms of life. From the birds in the sky to the creatures beneath the waves, the creatures that move upon the earth to the ones that move below it. They are everywhere. Some can be seen in certain places around the world more than others. One of these places is none other than the South American continent.


South America is a place teeming with life. From the birds in the skies to the critters that make the mountains their home. From the vast canopies of the rainforests to the fish swimming through the rivers and lakes. It is truly a wondrous land. Up in the trees one may spot the slow-moving sloth, making its way from one branch to the next. The feline apex-predator, known as the jaguar, stalks the lands of the Amazon Rainforest. Amongst the Andean Mountains, those who look can even find the Andean Condor and Mountain Tapir making their homes.


South America is home to a vast variety of reptiles and amphibians, and many are extremely dangerous. Such as the mighty anaconda and the poison dart frog. Then below the surface of the rivers and lakes is an entire world of creatures, like the Amazonian River Dolphin and the Giant River Otter. There is also the infamous piranha, which are actually known to have a diet that shifts with their age going from meat to plant and fruit materials, making them in fact omnivores.


The continent of South America has many wondrous creatures that call it home. The sounds echo throughout the wild, constantly reaffirming that life is bountiful there. Keep watch for the next blog post in this series, where it will be based on the creatures of Europe.

“Much of human behavior can be explained by watching the wild beasts around us. They are constantly teaching us things about ourselves and the way of the universe, but most people are too blind to watch and listen.”
-Suzy Kassem, "Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem"

More in this Series: Part 1: North America


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