Japan is a nation made up entirely of islands. Its territory covers more than 6,000 islands of various sizes, interconnected by highways. However, the Japanese islands do not have a land connection with the mainland, which affected the animal world.
The fauna of Japan is relatively small in species diversity, but there are endemic representatives, that is, living exclusively in this territory. Therefore, the animals of the Japanese archipelago are of great interest to researchers and just lovers of wildlife.
Japanese flying squirrel
Japanese giant hornet
Japanese mountain leech
Japanese hunter spider
Reptiles and snakes
Japanese giant salamander
The animals of Japan are distinguished by their adaptability to living in mountainous and wooded areas, since most of the Japanese islands have a mountainous terrain. It is interesting that among them there are often subspecies of “mainland” animals and birds, which, as a rule, have the prefix “Japanese” in their name. For example, Japanese crane, Japanese robin, etc.d.
Of the island endemics stand out bamboo salamander, green pheasant, Iriomote cat and others. Perhaps the most unusual creature is the giant salamander. She is a giant lizard with a specific camouflage color. The body length of an adult salamander can reach one and a half meters. There are also animals familiar to us on the islands, for example, spotted deer.
The Japanese fauna contains a lot of poisonous and dangerous creatures. Perhaps the most famous among them is the giant hornet. This insect is a type of wasp, but differs in colossal size more than five centimeters in length. Its bite is often fatal, especially among people with allergies. According to statistics, about 40 people die every year on the Japanese islands from the bite of a giant hornet.