They are glorious things. They provide us with oxygen, and use up some of our excess air pollution, like that nasty carbon dioxide stuff that we are so good at producing. They create shade in the summer, reducing our sweat equity, plus saving us money on air conditioning. They bring us peace and tranquility, as they offer the potential for hours spent staring into their leafy canopy on quiet, tranquil days and warm summer nights.
And they provide homes for lots and lots of creatures, great and small. Animals that call trees Home are known as Arboreal. Here are just a few of those animals that call different species of trees home.
- Birds (robins, jays, owls, eagles, martins, orioles, woodpeckers, flycatchers, wrens and more)
- Larger mammals like Foxes, Canadian Lynx, Skunks & Badgers all make dens underneath trees
- Insects (think caterpillars, wasps, ants, gypsy moths, spider mites, aphids, etc.)
- Spring Peepers
And that’s just in North America! You can find other animals that call trees home around the world, like…
- Birds (Parrots, Quetzals, Cockatoos, Toucans, Kookaburra, & Xenops to name a few)
- Reptiles (like Tree frogs, Iguanas, Chameleons)
- Tree Snakes (Anacondas, Bush Vipers, Emerald Tree Boa, Gold’s Tree Cobra, Indian Pythons, etc.)
- Monkeys (Spider Monkeys, Orangutans, Gibbons, Chimpanzees, Mandrills and more)
- Giant Pandas
- Tree Kangaroos
What else uses a tree as a home? How about these Epiphytes, otherwise known as plants that grow on other plants, like trees;
And don’t forget the wee folk that live, breathe and sleep amongst trees as well, our friends the fairy folk…