Logging companies operated in the region until the late s, extracting an estimated , square feet of timber over a year period. Only plants adapted to low light can grow in this region. They also have longer hair, ears, hind feet and head. The pygmy three-toed sloth Bradypus pygmaeus is the rarest species of three-toed sloth. Farmers worked the land until around , when an epidemic forced them to flee the area. Sloths are in the taxonomic suborder Folivora  of the order Pilosa.
The trunks are straight and about 4 feet in diameter and can form buttresses. In an average year in a tropical rain forest, the climate is very humid because of all the rainfall, which amounts to about cm per year. Small spines are present on its gill covers. Southeast Asia's rainforests were thought to be the most bio-diverse regions in the world. Blue morphos are brilliant blue butterflies.
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Main article: Temperate rainforest. As recently as 10, years ago, the giant sloth roamed South America. Tropical rainforests are ecosystems of rich biodiversity located near the equator, with densely growing plants and trees competing for light, nutrients and water. Learn More. Marietta College. These names are from the Latin 'leaf eater' and 'hairy', respectively. Indian giant squirrel.