The rainforests of Mexico and Central America
have a wide variety of animal life, including boas, coral snakes,
and the deadly pit viper, called the fer-de-lance. There
are spiders, scorpions, bats, and stinging insects, including
wasps. The world's largest spotted cat, the jaguar, was hunted
by the ancient Maya. Its fur was prized and stood for power.
Also in the area are jaguars, small deer,
ocelots and pumas. The
area is rich with spider monkeys and birds including parrots, golden
turkeys, hawks and hummingbirds.
In Mexico, people often keep Toucans
loose around their homes, where the birds are free to come and go.
The playful Toucan does not eat seeds. They love fruit such as
papaya, grapes, cantaloupe, and bananas. The Keel Bill Toucan is a native
of Central America . Its beautiful colored beak is only five inches long.
The Cieiba tree, a Spanish cedar sacred to the Maya grows here.