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Forest
Cuban forest

Welcome to Cuba’s Humboldt National Park, a vast, protected area of rainforests, pine forests, grasslands, and rivers. This diverse landscape stretches from the mountains to the sea and holds a dazzling variety of wildlife. In the forest, you’ll find animals so rare they were once thought to be extinct. Many live nowhere else on Earth. Like on other islands, these plants and animals have evolved to become different from their relatives on the mainland.

Match each organism with the feature that describes it.

Cuban clearwing butterfly
Cuban boa
Cuban brown anole
Cuban land snail
Cuban tody
Desmarest's hutia

blends in with a tree trunk

has transparent wings

weighs more than any other endemic animal in Cuba

has many color variations within species

digs nests with its flat bill

lives in trees when young, ground when old

Image Credits:

Forest icon illustration, © Stuart Holmes 2016, all rights reserved; forest scene, Rafael Medina/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0; Cuban brown anole, Rafael Medina/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0; Cuban tody, Peter E. Hart/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0; Cuban clearwing butterfly, Emilie Chich/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0; Cuban boa, Joe Blossom/Alamy; Cuban land snail, Eladio Fernandez/NHPA/Photoshot; Desmarest’s hutia, Allan Hopkins/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.