India is known for its incredible wildlife. Favorable climatic conditions ensure the survival of species. About 25% of the territory is thick forests, and this is an ideal habitat for the wild fauna.
There are about 90,000 animal species in India, including 2,000 bird species, 500 mammals and more than 30,000 insects, numerous species of fish and amphibians, reptiles. Wildlife is preserved in more than 120 national parks and 500 nature reserves.
Many animals are found only on the subcontinent. These include:
Indian flying squirrel
Indian Nilgiri Tahr
Indian antelope (Gharna)
Indian whistling duck
Girya (Cotton pygmy goose)
Reptiles and snakes
At last count, only 1,411 Bengal tigers remained in the wild due to the destruction of their natural habitat and population growth. The Bengal tiger is the national animal of India, the fastest mammal on earth.
Each region in India has its own unique animals, birds and plants. Indian gazelles roam the deserts of Rajasthan. Monkeys swing in the trees in the rainforest. Shaggy yaks, blue sheep and musk deer climb the rocky Himalayan mountains.
There are many different types of snakes in India. The most famous and scary is the king cobra, it is big and powerful. Russell’s viper from India is extremely poisonous.