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Birds are probably the first animals that come to mind when we think of tree-dwelling animals (not all birds live in trees, of course, but many do). However, they are far from alone. A tree in your backyard might be a full-time or part-time home to squirrels, opossums, bats, tree frogs, tree snakes, caterpillars, ants, spiders, praying mantises, snails and beetles in addition to birds.
If you head out to other parts of the world and look to the trees, you'll find more thousands of arboreal creatures. As well as the additional species of birds, squirrels, and so on, you might also come across geckos, lizards, lemurs, spider monkeys, orangutans, chimpanzees, tree kangaroos, koalas, tarsiers and sloths. We can't forget cats such as margays, leopards, jaguars and oncillas.
Because so many animals live in trees, if you plan to get your tree taken down for any reason, please check for baby animals first if at all possible. (I volunteer at a wildlife rehabilitation center, and "we found baby squirrels/ baby birds when the tree was cut down" is one of the most common phone calls we get in the spring and early summer). If the tree isn't causing damage to your home and you can wait until fall to take it down, please do so.
Happy Arbor Day!