|Rain forests are places on earth where it rains a lot. Because of all the rain, millions of plants and trees grow and a very thick forest is formed. Rain forests are home to not only plants and trees, but also millions of animals.
Rain forests have huge trees that are close to each other. Scientists have named different parts of rain forests. Each part or 'layer' houses different kinds of animals and plants.
Layers of a Rain ForestThe bottom most part of a rain forest is called the forest floor. This is the wet ground level that has fallen leaves and fruits. This layer is home to termites, scorpions, and many large animals.
The layer immediately above the forest floor is called the understory. This layer has the tree trunks and small plants. Bees, snakes, frogs, and other animals are found here.
The layer above the understory is called the canopy. This layer contains the tree tops. The leaves in the tree tops are so dense that they form a canopy or an umbrella and make a shade below them. In this layer, animals such as toucans, parrots, and monkeys live.
Some trees in the rain forests are so tall that they stand above the canopy layer. These tall trees are called emergent layer. Birds such as eagles and macaws live in this layer.