El Yunque is a natural attraction but inside there are additional. Some 100 billion gallons of rain fall annually on this home to four forest typescontaining 240 species of tropical trees: Tabonuco Forest, Palo Colorado Forest, Palma Sierra Forest and En Las Nubes Forest. Families can walk one of the dozens of trails that windpast waterfalls, dwarf vegetation, and miniature flowers, while the island's colorful parrots fly overhead. Approximately 50 other bird species are found on the Forest. You canhear the sound of Puerto Rico's mascot, the coquí, a small frog. Pretty waterfalls off the side of the road.
With over 240 species (26 species are found nowhere else) of treesand plants, give reason to the government of Puerto Rico to spend a great deal of moneymaking to preserve floral species and animals that are on the verge of extinction. 75% ofPuerto Rico virgin forest is here.
In addition to the forest-dwelling vertebrates there are some species of invertebrates that are an integral part of the forest food chain. Wecan mention among others, large numbers of insects, molluscs and its ponds and rivers, families of shrimp. These invertebrates in combination with fungi and bacteria, theyperform an important role in the process of recycling organic matter from plants and animals. In addition there are some types of snakes, like the boa of Puerto Rico.Among theamphibians we can see 12 species of coqui. Birds are represented by 66 species, among the most important being in danger of extinction is the Iguaca, Taino Indian name put on theparrot. About the reptiles we can mention 8 of the genus Anolis lizards, including the green anole. There have been seen 120 species of vertebrates which include 11 species of bats.
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