So What Critters Lurk in the Jungle Canopy of Tangleroot Gorge?

The other day I was taking my half-orc, Berann (Level 7 Barbarian) through the wilds of Tangleroot Gorge and as I was wondering around the area I happened to stare up into the dense trees of the forest and wondered what types of critters could be leaving up there in that canopy?

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Berann staring up into the jungle canopy of Tangleroot Gorge.

I get the sense that Tangleroot Gorge is a semi-tropical, if not tropical, area.  This suggests that it would be teaming with all kinds of wildlife from numerous annoying insects to glorious jungle cats.  Of course this is assuming that these environments would sustain the same type of wildlife that exist the real world.  So what types of creatures could be lurking in those dense branches, leaves, and vines.  I would have to assume that a number of interesting and fun reptiles and amphibians would be zooming around up there.  That area would be a perfect for lizards, tree frogs, snakes, and possibly even salamanders.  These critters would probably be feasting on all of the annoying insects that would also inhabit that zone of the forest.  But what would these creatures look like?  Would they have a drab coloration pattern?  Would they have spots or stripes?  What they have any remarkable adaptations that allowed them to specialize in anything?

Besides reptiles and amphibians, that area would have to be haven for birds.  I could easily see a multitude of birds residing and using the canopy in Tangleroot Gorge.  I would imaging birds ranging from small wrens, sparrows, and finches to macaws, parrots, and cockatoos to raptors such as owls, hawks, and eagles.  I could see these birds exhibiting plumages of various colors, shades, and patterns.  I can just imagine the adaptations these birds would have from having beaks that can break into seeds and nuts, those that have bills for spearing insects and small animals, and beaks that can be used to tear into meat for those birds of prey.

But the canopy would also be home to a variety of mammal species as well.  One can’t think of an exotic canopy without thinking about monkeys swinging around from branch to branch.  Not to mention the presence of other small hunters, primarily in the form of sleek and agile cats.  One would also think other mammals such as sloths would also be present.

There is little doubt that the canopy of Tangleroot Gorge is beautiful but what types of wildlife still remains to be seen, at least by our characters.  The only “wildlife” we see are wolves and spiders we see on the ground level.  I wonder if any of the manuals, scrolls, and tomes inside Splinterskull document the types of creatures in the Gorge?  That would be an interesting thing to discover, at least to me :).

Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!

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