Below you can find a complete list of Asian animals. We currently track 749 animals in Asia and are adding more every day!
Asia is the world’s most populous and biggest continent in the Northern and Eastern hemispheres, with the world’s longest coastline and the highest and lowest points on the Earth’s surface. It includes countries such as
China, Korea, Japan, Siberia, India, Southeast Asian countries such as Singapore, and a few countries in the Middle East.
It has a mostly dry climate throughout, the biggest weather extremes in the west, and monsoons affecting the south and east. Habitats range from deserts, mountains, forests, and tropical jungles to urban areas. Such a vast and varied landscape with several remote regions means Asian wildlife is just as diverse. Join us as we take a closer look at Asia animals.
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Giant Panda of China is a global icon and China’s national treasure that has been brought back from being “endangered” and is now listed as “vulnerable,” thanks to strong conservation efforts in the country. It is native to the bamboo forests of South Central China. This true bear shares a common ancestor with the family Ursidae but diverged about 1.9 million years ago, making this species a living fossil.
Asian Elephant is the biggest of the continent’s land-dwelling mammals, although it’s smaller than its African relative. The 3 subspecies are the Indian, Sumatran, and Sri Lankan. Its weight can reach 11,000lbs, its length can reach 21ft (6.4m) and height can reach 11.5ft (3.5m). This species is listed as Endangered.
Asian Black Bear is a medium-sized bear that lives in forests all across the continent. It is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.
tiger is another common global icon for Asia animals. There are 6 surviving tiger subspecies on the continent: Where To Find The Top Wild Asia Animals
The best place to safely look at the most popular wildlife in Asia is a zoo, national park, or other protected areas. You can see Giant Pandas in their hometown of Chengdu. The
Dujiangyan Panda Base, Gengda Giant Panda Center, and Bifengxia Giant Panda Base are all accessible to tourists.
The best places to see Asian elephants are Parambikulam, India, and Udawalawe, Sri Lanka. If you’re interested in seeing Asian black bears in near-wild conditions, check out the
Tat Kuang Si rescue center 30km away from Luang Prabang, especially the Kuang Si Falls from July through October. Finally, the national parks of India, especially Nagarahole, Ranthambore, Panna, and Kanha are the best places to see Asian tigers. The Komodo dragon is one of the more dangerous Asia animals you may encounter.
The Most Dangerous Asian Animals
The most dangerous wildlife in Asia attacks humans in unique ways. Asian Elephants charge with an average weight of 4 tons, while
Indian Rhinoceroses weigh over 4 tons and have a large horn. Bengal Tigers and Asiatic Lions are heavy and fast and known to eat people. Sloth Bears have curved, powerful claws and unpredictable behavior, being as likely to attack as they are to run away. Komodo Dragons are the biggest lizards in the world, weighing around 350lbs (160kg) and measuring over 10ft (3m) long . They are Asia animals known for fatally attacking people with bacteria-filled bites. Saltwater Crocodiles ambush their prey on land but have been known to take victims in the open ocean. All of the “big three” deadly sharks are in Asia: The Great White, Tiger, and Bull sharks, and they are common in populated coastal areas.
On the other hand, some of the most dangerous wildlife in Asia Asia animals are not always the biggest animals.
King Cobra snakes are the longest snakes in the world, one of the most venomous on the continent, and like other cobras have a deadly neurotoxic venom. It’s considered one of the “big four” snakes alongside the Russell’s viper, the saw-scaled viper, and the common krait. Asian Giant Hornets kill several people in China and Japan every year, its venom of both cytotoxins and neurotoxins causing extreme pain and being fatal in high enough doses. Fattail Scorpions live in the desert regions of India, the Middle East, and North Africa. Their stings contain a powerful neurotoxin that is fast-acting and lethal, with the ability to cause respiratory paralysis and death in a few hours without access to anti-venom. Endangered Animals
Many of the most popular wildlife in Asia are endangered according to the
IUCN Red List: Extinct Animals
Among the recently extinct wildlife of Asia are three tiger subspecies: Bali, Javan, and Caspian. They became extinct due to hunting, habitat loss, and loss of main prey.
Unique Asian Animals
Sun Bear, Clouded Leopard, and Draco Lizard are a few examples of unique wildlife in Asia that can’t be found anywhere else. The Sun Bear and Draco Lizard are both native to the tropical forests of southeast Asia, while the Clouded Leopard lives in China, Southeast Asia, and the Himalayan foothills. Sun bears are under threat both directly and indirectly from human activities. One of the major issues they face in the wild is deforestation.
Asia is home to extremely diverse populations of birds. They live in a wide range of habitats throughout the continent.
Indian Peafowl: No list of Asian birds would be complete without India’s national bird, the peacock. There are two species of peacock in Asia, the green peacock, and the blue peacock. These non-migratory birds live in a range of habitats but are typically found in open forests. They are notorious for venturing into urban and suburban areas. Flamingos: From September to March you will find large flocks of flamingos wintering in Sri Lanka. Visit the internationally important Bundala National Park to witness 197 different species of birds, including the flamingo. Red-Crowned Cranes: These semi-aquatic birds are the second rarest cranes in the world. They migrate to East Asia during their spring and summer months, and winter in China, Japan, and the Korean Peninsula. There is one non-migratory population of red-crowned cranes that are found in Hokkaido, Japan. You can see them in Kushiro-Shitsugen National Park. Grey-headed Fish Eagle: Found in low-land forests near bodies of water in South-East Asia. Visit Khao Sok National Park in Thailand for a chance to see these birds of prey. Types of Fish in Asia
You can find many types of fish in Asia’s freshwater habitats like
rivers, lakes, and wetlands. There is also a wide variety of marine fish surrounding Asia’s 39,000 miles of coastline. Mekong Giant Catfish: One of the largest freshwater fish in the world. They are critically endangered and can only be found in the Mekong Basin in Southeast Asia. Taimen Salmon: The largest fish in the Salmonid Family. They can reach lengths of up to 6 feet and weigh over 100 pounds. Mongolia is a very popular destination for taimen fishing. Taimen are only found in fresh-water rivers. Sri Lankan Dottyback: Saltwater fish native to the coral reefs of Sri Lanka. Whale Shark: The largest known species of fish in the world. You can see these endangered sharks off the coasts of Southeast Asia and The Maldives. Snakes in Asia
Both venomous and non-venomous snakes occupy nearly every habitat across Asia. From rough-scaled sand boas in the sandy, arid regions of Southern Asia, to sunbeam snakes in the forests and gardens of Southeast Asia. One family of snakes, the Asian pipe snakes, are exclusive to Asia. You’ll also find the world’s
largest snake exclusively in South and Southeast Asia, the reticulated python.
Out of 600 venomous snake species in the world, over 150 of them are native to Asia. Asia is home to a group of venomous snakes known as “The Big Four”. The Indian cobra, Russell’s viper, common krait, and saw-scaled viper are responsible for the deadliest snake bites in India. Recent discoveries have revealed a fifth venomous snake, the hump-nosed pit viper, also contributes to the most mortality rates.
Asian Countries Animals Lists
Click any of the countries below to see a detailed list of animals located in that country!
Eats up to 2kg of food per day!
First used as a shepherd and hunter!
An innate sense of direction!
Very clean, intelligent and loyal!
It's one of the most commonly eaten fish in the world
They have two sets of eyelids!
Popular kept in aquariums to keep them clean
Their milky-iridescent scales have a purplish hue in the light, reminiscent of the gemstone.
The Amur leopard may be the rarest big cat on Earth!
Andrewsarchus is the largest terrestrial mammalian carnivore to have ever lived.
Create a silk bed that they use to attach themselves to leaves
Each adult Angora goat produces about 12 inches of mohair annually while kids have about 8 inches.
First evolved 100 million years ago!
Renew their horns every year!
Love to learn, especially through observation
The Arabian cobra is the only true cobra species that can be found in the Arabian Peninsula.
Archerfish can shoot a stream of water up to five feet with amazing accuracy.
They are so named because they "march" in armies of worms from one crop to another in search of food
Arsinoitherium was a twin-horned mammal that looked like a rhino but is more closely related to present-day elephants.
The male Asian arowana raises the eggs in its mouth
Originally discovered in Japan
Domesticated for hundreds of years!
The largest wasp in the world!
Asian lady beetles infest indoor spaces, but they do not reproduce indoors.
Their entire life cycle from larvae to beetle usually takes around 2 years in Asia. However, it may take longer in areas where they are an invasive species, like the UK and USA
It mainly eats mangos and coffee!
This snake chews on its victims to release venom
The Asian water monitor is the second heaviest lizard in the world!
Known to eat 160 different tree-borne fruits in Thailand!
Male Atlas beetles have prominent horns that are three times that of females.
Adult atlas moths do not eat - they live off fat they stored as larvae.
Extinct ancestor of all domesticated cattle!
Has a curved, upturned beak!
They were used for sacrificial purposes
Babirusas can stand on their back hooves to eat leaves on the lower branches of a tree.
Can travel more than four miles a day!
The camel with two humps!
Bamboo worms are the larvae of moths that are eaten as a delicious snack in some parts of Asia.
People spin clothing and fishing nets out of these spiders’ silk.
What often prevents more people from falling victim is that the banded krait does not always inject venom in a defensive bite. It saves the venom for hunting prey instead.
Markings give it camouflage!
There are over 1768 known species!
Not all bark beetles feed on a tree's bark. Some species feed on fruits, seeds, and other parts of the plant
Found everywhere around the world!
Older offspring help care for new hatchlings.
Prized by sport fishers for their size and strength
Detects prey using echolocation!
The baya constructs a massive nest out of plant fibers
There are 8 different species!
These birds eat a diet of bones
Beauty Rat Snakes are relatively harmless if left undisturbed, only attempting to bite out of fear.
Bed bugs feed for 4-12 minutes.
Rock paintings of bees date back 15,000 years
They roll around in dirt to prevent external parasites
There are more than 350,000 different species
The Belgian canary is one of the oldest and most influential in its genus.
The most numerous species of tiger!
Live in bamboo forests 15,000 feet above sea level
Also known as the Asian Bearcat!
Not all birds are able to fly!
There are around 50 different species!
The biscuit beetle form a symbiotic relationship with yeast
Their black color is due to a genetic mutation!
They typically prey on insects!
The blind snake is often mistaken for a worm.
Blood pythons are so called because of the blood red markings on their skin.
The blue tit can hang upside down from branches
A single hatchling can go for over $5,000 as a pet.
Known to use large leaves as umbrellas!
The smallest species of elephant!
Fathers pick up their young and carry them under their wings
A dominant predator in it's environment!
Can live its entire life indoors
Because the brown tree snake's fangs are located in the back of their mouths, they can rarely bite humans and inject venom unless the snake is very large in size.
The most common species of bee!
Adoring, elegant and affectionate!
These snakes can swallow their prey as whole.
There are thought to be up 17,500 species!
Cabbage moths are named after the vegetable they find the tastiest.
Some species' babies use their hooked or scraper-like teeth to peel off and eat their mother's skin
Can survive without water for 10 months!
The camel crickets that are found in the USA are light brown in color. They also have dark streaks all over their body.
Fast, carnivorous arachnid with a painful bite.
Has a strong survival instinct!
Has 20 different muscles in it's ears!
The carp is one of the most popular pond fishes in the world
Carpenter ants can lift up to seven times their own weight with their teeth!
The Carpet Viper probably bites and kills more people than any other species of snake.
Cashmere goat are named after Kashmir regions of India and Pakistan
First domesticated by the Ancient Egyptians!
Some cat snakes have a prehensile tail that helps them climb into trees.
The larvae of a moth or butterfly!
There are nearly 3,000 different species!
Unlike modern lions, cave lions didn't have a significant mane.
There are about 3,000 documented species!
Cervalces latifrons are the largest species of deer that ever existed.
There are more than 160 different species!
The fastest land mammal in the world!
First domesticated more than 10,000 years ago!
Surviving on the skin cells of humans and animals
Unlike other alligators, the Chinese alligator is armored all over, even on its belly.
Juvenile Chinese cobras have the ability to start hunting almost from the moment they hatch from the eggs.
They are excellent “guard geese”
The Chinese paddlefish is one the largest freshwater fish in the world
These dogs have a blue and black tongue.
They usually have 2-3 young at a time but can have up to 7!
Loyal and affectionate to it's family!
Cicadas have one of the longest insect lifespans
This vulture can fly at great heights. At least one was found a few thousand feet from the top of Mount Everest.
Click beetles are named for the clicking noise they make to escape predators.
Males make a rhythmic thrumming like a clock
Clothes Moths can remain in the larvae stage for up to 2 years, but adults only live 10 days.
Has canines that can be two inches long!
Highly social, smart, and chatty bird.
Dated to be around 300 million years old!
Pupae are able to undergo diapause to survive poor fruit yield years and winter.
They are busy foragers, always on the move
The most common raptor in the UK!
European adders are the only snake that lives above the Arctic Circle.
The common furniture beetle feeds exclusively on wood
Magpies are aggressive when threatened, often “dive-bombing” at intruders
House spiders have the ability to eat most insects in a home.
A group of ravens is called an unkindness or a conspiracy.
There are over 80 species of coral snake worldwide.
Corella birds are noisy, especially during the early morning or late evening.
They can fly 35 mph and dive 150 feet below water.
The Coryphodono looked like a fancy rhinocerous, but it was more related to elephants
There are nearly 1.5 billion worldwide!
There are 93 different crab groups
Found throughout the South-East Asian jungles!
Crab Spiders can mimic ants or bird droppings
Many are critically endangered species!
Female crayfish aren't that maternal; they have to secrete a form of pheromone, referred to as maternal pheromones, that encourages them to take care of their offspring and prevents them from eating their young.
Male crickets can produce sounds by rubbing their wings together
Have changed little in 200 million years!
Its tail is twice the length of its body.
Crocodylomorphs include extinct ancient species as well as 26 living species today.
A group of these birds is called a Murder.
Can survive drought by burying itself in mud.
Has a long, strong prehensile tail!
These fish make a popular choice for aquarium hobbyists due to their hardy nature.
Darkling Beetles have segmented antennae. Each one is divided into eleven segments.
There are around 40 different species!
Despite being bipedal, Deinocheirus had a large forearm
Solitary locusts are grey while gregarious locusts are yellow with stripes.
These tiny wolves prefer to cohabitate in pairs or groups of three (generally two males and a female).
Desmostylus has no living descendant.
Only 2,000 left in the wild!
Dinocrucuta had very strong jaws capable of crushing bones.
These "shrimp" evolved to survive very harsh climates, which is one reason they have been able to live so long.
Diving bell spiders can breathe underwater using an air bubble on their abdomen
The dobsonfly spends up three years as a larva, and only a week as an adult.
First domesticated in South-East Asia!
Dog ticks feed on dogs and other mammals
First domesticated 5,000 years ago!
Found in Europe,
Africa and Asia!
When these monkeys want to mate, they wiggle their eyebrows.
Beneath the lizard’s “wings” are a pair of enlarged ribs for support.
Dragon eels have double jaws and two sets of razor-sharp teeth
It's larvae are carnivorous!
Rows of tiny plates line their teeth!
The dung beetle can push objects many times its own weight
Both male and female dunnocks can have multiple mates every breeding season
The Dusky Shark sometimes eats trash discarded by humans.
dwarf hamsters love to explore at night.
Has exceptional eyesight!
The most populous grebe in the world
These lizards can practically shut down their metabolism and appear comatose for long periods.
They are hermaphrodites, which means they have male and female organs
There are nearly 2,000 different species!
Eels can be a mere few inches long to 13 feet!
Most species are relatively vocal, making harsh croaking sounds and squeals.
The Egyptian tortoise is one of the smallest tortoise species in the world.
They steal large ostrich eggs and use rocks and pebbles to crack the shells.
Eiders are sexually dimorphic, with males being larger and more colorful.
Elasmotherium might have had a monstrous horn, giving it the name "The Siberian Unicorn."
Spends around 22 hours a day eating!
Adult males can jump eight feet vertically
Embolotherium had a ram on its snout like a rhino but they never used it as a weapon.
They lay their eggs in termite nests!
Their calls sound like a nasally “kla-ha, kla-ha, kla-ha.”
Epidexipteryx was one of the smallest non-avian dinosaurs to ever exist.
Its hood is actually made of ribs.
A very bold and ferocious predator!
Eats 20% of its weight daily!
The shy eurasian bullfinch prefers to forage very close to cover.
The Eurasian collared dove has been extensively studied due to its amazing ability to rapidly colonize new territories.
The Eurasian Eagle-owl is the second largest owl in the world with a wingspan up to six feet!
The Eurasian jay has the ability to mimic other sounds
Eurasian lynxes can survive extreme weather up to elevations of 18,000 feet
Its song has been compared to a toy horn.
Females are typically 25% larger than males.
Coloring depends on location.
They can eat up to 250 bees per day!
They are frequent visitors to backyard feeders, especially those containing niger seeds.
Male robins are so aggressive and territorial that they will attack their own reflections.
The fastest creatures on the planet!
The fallow deer has more variation in its coat colors than most other deer.
When it feels threatened, it mimics a cobra in an attempt to dissuade a potential attacker.
False spiders actually prey on black widow spiders and other hazardous spiders
Found in the African Sahara Desert!
The fiddler crab gets its name from the motion the males make with their over-sized claw during the mating ritual.
Finches have strong, conical bills that help them break open tough seeds that many other birds cannot.
Found across mainland Europe and Asia!
Fire Eels are not true eels.
The firefly produces some of the most efficient light in the world
Scoops fish out of the water using it's paw!
Fishing spiders have hydrophobic hair on their skin that allows them to survive on water
Adult fleas can jump up to 7 inches in the air
Flea beetles can jump like fleas when threatened.
Flour beetles are adapted to survive in very dry environments.
The Flowerhorn fish is an artificial species; it does not exist naturally
There are more than 240,000 different species!
Most of the hundreds of varieties of flycatchers belong to the Tyrannidae and Muscicapidae families!
The second pair of upper incisors in a flying lemur has a double root, which is unique for mammals.
Flying snakes are the only gliding limbless vertebrates or animals with a backbone.
Can glide up to 90 meters!
Formosa is the Portuguese term for the island of Taiwan
Only 12 species are considered "true foxes"
Freshwater eels are actually catadromous, meaning they migrate to saltwater to spawn
The freshwater jellyfish is native to China but is now found all over the world
Some emit noxious defense chemicals
There are around 7,000 different species!
Among the largest bats in the world
Fruit flies are among the most common research animals in the world
They build a ramp from their nest, which leads to a nearby water source
Gastornis had a massive beak, but they probably ate plants instead of flesh.
Named for the Arabic word for love poems
There are thought to be over 2,000 species!
Originally known as the Desert Rat!
The most common type of urban roach
Found in the murky waters of Northern India!
You can see its heart beating
Bamboo makes up 99 per cent of their diet!
Cryptobranchus giant salamanders breathe mostly through their skin.
The largest fish in its genus
Found in dense jungles and tropical forests!
Some cryptozoologists think that Gigantopithecus survives to this day as "The Bigfoot."
Found inhabiting dense woodland and caves!
Males form large mating swarms at dusk
Most closely related to the Sheep!
The goldcrest never starts moving and needs to consume for most of the day to survive. Therefore, in the colder months, it's best that eat 90% a day.
They eat figs almost exclusively
Their calls sound like high-pitched screams, but they are quiet most of the time.
roaming and adaptable candids
Migrates between Europe and Asia!
Goldfish and common carp can mate and produce offspring
The goonch catfish, or giant devil catfish, is one of the most fierce freshwater fish.
There are 29 different species!
They can run up a tree trunk surprisingly fast.
A mix between a goat and an antelope
Gourami fishes show parental care for their young
The grass carp is considered to be a natural weed control agent.
Use acute hearing to hunt
Their fangs aren't big enough to penetrate human skin.
There are 11,000 known species!
The male egret performs an elaborate courtship display to attract a mate
The green rat snake catches its meals in midair!
Green tree pythons are non-venomous, so to subdue their prey, they have a couple of very unique and highly successful hunting techniques.
Male grey herons are picky about their mates. They'll reject a female that they don't fancy.
Can spot a dead animal from thousands of feet away
One of the most invasive species in the world
Unlike most pit vipers, the Habu gives birth to live young.
Haikouichthys was the first animal to develop a well-defined head
The hainosaurus was named after the Hainaut province of Belgium where the first specimen was discovered.
The position of the Hallucigenia's head puzzled scientists for several years
This breed doesn't usually make nests or incubate their own chicks.
They are sensitive to light and prefer cool, dark, moist areas.
Able to run as quickly backwards as forwards!
Can reach speeds of over 50 mph!
While the Ferruginous hawk is the largest specie in the USA, Asia’s Upland buzzard is the biggest overall.
Many hawk moth caterpillars eat toxins from plants, but don’t sequester them the way milkweed butterflies do. Most toxins are excreted.
Thought to be one of the oldest mammals on Earth!
Helicoprion was one of the largest cartilaginous fish of all time.
Inhabits wetlands around the world!
They are loud, spirited birds with raucous cries that sound like bursts of laughter.
Known for its bravery and ability to withstand the cold.
One of earth's bravest creatures!
There are only 8 recognized species!
Honey buzzards are medium-sized raptors that earned their names by raiding the nests of bees and wasps.
Stunning bird with a stinky way to deter predators!
The bird has a massive horn on its bill!
These beetles are herbivores but have an intimidating appearance because of the horn-like projection on their heads. However, they are entirely harmless to humans, as they don't sting or bite.
Sleep with one foot tucked up under the wing so they lean to the side
Horned vipers sidewind across the desert sands of their home.
Hornets are a type of wasp.
Has evolved over 50 million years!
Horseflies have been seen performing Immelmann turns, much like fighter jets.
Changed little in over 500 million years!
The house sparrow has been introduced all over the world
Thought to have orignated 200,000 years ago!
Some huntsman spiders have an interesting way of moving around. Some cartwheel while others do handsprings or backflips.
There are four different species!
Can jump over 6 feet straight up from a standstill
Found in swamps, marshes and wetlands!
Found throughout south-east Asia!
Indian giant squirrels use their large tail to help them balance.
Natively found in parts of India and Sri Lanka!
Kaa from Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book was an Indian Python.
Also known as the one-horned rhino!
Popular in the exotic pet trade!
Now thought to be extinct in China!
Insects go back over 350 million years, making the creatures older than man, flowering plants and dinosaurs.
There are an estimated 30 million species!
The jacana has the ability to swim underwater
The Jack-Chi dog is known as the yapping dog because of its insistent bark.
Can maintain speeds of 16 km/h!
The jackdaw tends to mate for life with a single partner
Japanese bantam chickens are the best flying chicken species
Can clear an entire fruit tree in 15 minutes in a swarm
Alert, intelligent and independent!
Has cheek pouches for storing food!
The albino Japanese rat snake is a symbol of good luck.
The Japanese Spitz is sometimes referred to as a cloud dog.
The Japanese squirrel hoards its food for the winter
Japanese Terriers are also called Nippon Terriers
Only has a 25cm long horn!
Tiny rodent with a kangaroo-like jump!
Named after a Japanese spider demon
Some can jump 50 times the length of their bodies
The term "pecking order" comes from junglefowls' hierarchies among both sexes
Kai Ken are a very rare breed of dog from Japan, though pure breeds are even harder to come by.
The checkered keelback of the east Indies can detach its tail and grow it back, much like a lizard.
A popular pet snake that comes in dozens of morphs!
Can hang suspended on wind currents
The Khao Manee is one of the rarest cat breeds in the world.
Khapra beetles are among the most invasive insect species in the world.
Killer clown ball pythons can cost several thousand dollars.
Killifish are highly sought after for their peaceful nature and ability to adapt to most aquarium communities.
Comes out only during a rainstorm or just afterward
They are the longest venomous snake in the world.
The species name, spectabilis, is Latin for “showy” or “remarkable,” referencing the attractiveness of the adult male’s plumage.
Females look similar to males but don’t come in shades of blue
When threatened or frightened, the king rat snake has the ability to produce a foul-smelling substance out of self defense.
Largest of the Pacific salmon
Inhabits wetlands and woodlands worldwide!
Once raised to hunt dangerous game like boar, today's kishu ken are more likely to be used as guard dogs.
Kissing bugs derive their name from the location they prefer to bite, which is usually close to the lips of the host
The kissing gesture that the kissing gourami displays is not a mating gesture
In Japanese, the word koi sounds like the word for love. So the fish is a symbol of love among other good things.
A non-anadromous type of sockeye salmon
Only found on five Indonesian islands
At the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Jindos marched in the opening ceremonies.
The kouprey is one of the rarest mammals in the world
A painless bite that can result in death.
Kudzu bugs don't bite humans, but they secrete a substance that can irritate people's skin. That irritation is often confused for a bite.
There are more than 5,000 species worldwide!
Lappet-faced vultures are tidy and wash their heads in a body of water after they’ve eaten
Larder beetles were named based on their attraction to food storage rooms or cupboards, but they do not feed on stored food products.
They are the largest living turtle and the only sea turtle without a hard shell!
Spends much of the time high in the trees!
There are 11 different species!
The first ever domesticated lizard! There are now more than 100 unique color morphs thanks to selective breeding.
Leptocephali have flat bodies filled with jelly-like substances, surrounded by a thin layer of muscle.
The Lhasa Apso was often given as a gift in Tibetan culture
The offspring of a lion and tiger parents!
While linnets are monogamous during mating season, they do not mate for life. While breeding pairs are together, the males are highly territorial and will defend the nesting site and the surrounding area.
Lives in small groups called prides!
There are around 5,000 different species!
Have sharp spines below their eyes
Each locust can eat its weight in plants each day.
Ear tufts make it look bigger!
Often hangs upside down while feeding!
The lorikeet has a long brush-like tongue with fine hairs on it
Like all lorises, slow loris has a cute wide-eyed look, but it also has a venomous sting that can rot human flesh.
Lystrosaurus was one of the few terrestial species that survived the permian extinction
Macaque females will pass on their social rankings to their daughters
They are found across Europe, Asia and Africa!
Also known as the Oriental Civet!
It's called the five-step snake because if a person is bitten, they can walk about five steps before dying.
Found in less-dense jungles!
With an appropriate tail wind, the mallard can travel hundreds of miles a day
The Mamushi snake, which is also known as the Japanese moccasin or the Japanese pit viper, can grow to be over two feet long.
"This docile snake is a popular and long-lived pet - though challenging to care for - with a lifespan of up to 21 years!"
Less than 2,500 left in the wild!
A marmot spends 80% of its life below ground
Found throughout Asia, India and China!
There are 2,500 known species worldwide!
They have a symbiotic relationship with ants.
The Mekong giant catfish is the largest purely freshwater fish in the world
They line their nests with their feathers
Females lay up to 5 million eggs at one time in warm, shallow and salty waters
Some species have a poisonous bite!
Primarily hunts and feeds on Earthworms!
They eat jellyfish tentacles
Adult Mole crickets may fly as far as 5 miles during mating season and are active most of the year.
Most molluscs have more than one heart
During migration, Monarch Butterflies may travel 250 or more miles each day.
Range in size from just 1 to 3 foot!
Has characteristics of two or more breeds!
Some species are thought to carry a weak venom!
There are around 260 known species!
The monocled cobra is responsible for the highest fatality rate of any snake in all of Thailand.
Feeds on aquatic insects and water-spiders!
The Mosasaurus was much longer than the fearsome Tyrannosaur rex.
Only the female mosquito actually sucks blood
There are 250,000 different species!
Found on every continent on Earth!
The offspring of a horse and donkey parents!
The muntjac is the smallest type of deer in the world
The glands of a musk deer can sell for up to $45,000 on the black market.
The muskrat can stay underwater up to 17 minutes at a time
For a nice price, the mynah bird makes a good pet.
Causes primary amoebic meningoencephalitis
Roamed Asia and Europe for around 100,000 years!
no stomach to digest food
The largest recorded specimen ever caught was 17" long
Able to regrow lost or damaged limbs!
Unlike other pigeons, Nicobar pigeons don't fly in haphazard flocks but in columns or single file.
When they feel threatened juvenile night herons vomit their stomach contents.
Named more than 1,000 years ago!
There are 97 nightjar species across 20 genera!
Nilgai were hunted for their meat as far back as 8,000 years ago.
There are more than 5,000 species.
Nuthatches spend a lot of their time upside down.
Oleander hawk moth caterpillars feed on the foliage of oleander, an extremely toxic plant to which they are immune.
The Onagadori, the chicken with the world's longest tail, was declared a Natural Monument of Japan in 1952.
An onager's coat changes color with the season.
Oranda goldfish are one of the most popular fancy goldfish breeds
Shares 97% of its DNA with humans!
Females are about four times the size of males
This fish camouflages as its prey's parents to trick it into becoming dinner.
Unlike other cockroach species that live indoors living off humans, oriental cockroaches are outdoor scavengers.
They are one of the smallest kingfishers!
The tradition of hiding your face with a napkin or towel while eating this bird was begun by a priest who was a friend of the great French gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin.
They reuse nesting sites for 70 years!
There are 13 different species worldwide
Oviraptor means "egg thief" or "egg seizer," though they were quite protective of their own eggs.
The owl can rotate its head some 270 degrees
Pacific Coast ticks can go without food for two to three years without dying.
They have excellent eyesight
Paddlefish have existed since the Cretaceous Period
Palaeloxodon namadicus was the largest land mammal ever found
Bad eyesight, but great sense of smell
Paradise Flying Snakes can glide over 100 yards!
Monk parakeets are the only parakeets that actually build nests. They’re also the only parakeets to nest in great colonies.
Can live for up to 100 years!
Long-lost civilizations have immortalized male partridges in art, depicting them as a symbol of fertility.
Most commonly found on the Indian mainland!
The eyespots on this butterfly’s wings deter predators from attacking.
They can jump up to 10 centimeters (40 times their body size) and see the full rainbow spectrum of light, including UV.
Thought to be over 2,000 years old!
The biggest members of the Pelagornithidae family were the largest flying birds known.
Teachers in schools often use the evolution of the peppered moth as a good example of Darwin’s theory of natural selection.
Some of the most delicious gamefish in the world
Has webbing between its toes, aiding in swimming!
Thought to have originated in the Middle East!
Females lay between 8 and 12 eggs per clutch!
The pheasant-tailed jacana is the only species in its family that migrates long distances.
Philippine cobra is a highly venomous species of spitting cobra.
Thought to have been domesticated in 9,000 BC!
They can find their way back to their nests from up to 1300 miles away.
Found in mountainous regions and rocky areas
Apex freshwater predators with fearsome teeth!
A pine marten can jump from tree to tree similar to a squirrel.
They make whistling and quacking noises
The smallest of the North American salmon
Some of these snakes flatten their neck and raise their heads to imitate cobras if they’re threatened.
Pit vipers's fangs fold up into their mouths when they don't need them.
The male broods the eggs and baby fish in his mouth.
Pliosaurs were the short-necked version of plesiosaurs.
They can run at a speed of 15mph
There are 500 different species!
There are 30 different species worldwide!
Powderpost beetles prefer living in moist tree limbs, dead wood, and branches. They get into homes through infested joists, paneling, rafters, flooring, and finished wood products.
The mantis can turn its head 180 degrees.
Natively found on the island of Borneo!
These parrot-headed dinosaurs had beaks and feather-like quills on their tails!
The Psittacosaurus dinosaurs had four limbs but were mostly bipedal.
Pterodactyl is not technically a dinosaur. Although they lived during the same time as dinosaurs, they are classified as winged reptiles.
Fun and sociable, yet stubborn!
Inhabits deciduous forests!
Female pythons lay eggs and defend them until they hatch.
Inhabits woodland and forest areas worldwide!
There are more than 300 different species!
The only hibernating canine!
The rainbow shark has been genetically modified to glow in the dark
Omnivores that eat anything!
Rat snakes are constrictors from the Colubridae family of snakes.
Aphids are called ant cows because ants herd and "milk" them to secrete a substance called honeydew!
A male red deer shows his age in his antlers, which become longer and more branched every year.
Sliders spend lots of time basking in the sun. As cold-blooded animals, they need the sun to heat up.
The red fox actually has many different variations of fur, including silver and brown.
Not exclusively carrion eaters, these birds are also opportunistic hunters
This bird moves its tail to steer its body like a rudder on a boat.
There are less than 3,000 left in the wild!
The redback spiders found in New Caledonia differ from other populations in that they don’t practice sexual cannibalism and don’t bite people as much.
They build their nests off the ground in tree holes, cavities, stone walls, and roofs
One of the biggest mammals of the dinosaur age that used to eat other dinosaurs
These popular pets can get big enough to kill their owner.
Rhamphosuchus had a narrow snout with a beak-like appearance.
Rhesus Macaques are the most widely distributed primate in terms of geographic diversity
Rhinoceros beetles can lift objects 850 times their weight
It's horns are made from keratin!
When birds aren't nesting, these snakes fast
Can fit its body into a tiny crevice of a reef
Inhabits freshwater habitats around the world!
The female pretend they are dead if they do not find the male worthy of mating.
There are more than 45 species in Australia alone!
Actually related to Elephants and
The capybara, the world’s largest rodent, likes to be in and around bodies of water. Because of this, the Catholic Church in South America decided that it was a fish, and people were allowed to eat it during Lent and First Fridays.
The roe is one of the most popular game animals in Europe
Will mate with the entire flock!
Nymphs take 9 to 10 days on average to mature, with a complete lifespan of an estimated 30 days.
Its scientific name, lagopus, is Ancient Greek for “hare” and “foot,” referring to its feathered feet and toes.
When threatened, rove beetles raise the ends of their body like scorpions, but they have no sting.
A Russel's viper strike is so forceful it can lift its entire body off the ground.
Known by at least five different names
Their fur has been considered a luxury item since the Middle Ages
Ferrets were used during the Revolutionary War to keep down the rat population.
Large noses help filter out dust
There are more than 700 different species!
The Saluki is one of the fastest dog breeds in the world.
Male sambars will compete for mates by clashing together with their antlers
They can survive for weeks without drinking water because the get moisture from their prey.
The sand crab burrows beneath the sand with its tail
Males turn green in spring!
Some sandpipers can migrate more than 8,000 miles without stopping!
Only known to science since 1992!
Natives know this breed as the "ghost hunter" because they believe these dogs can ward off evil spirits.
Sarkastadon was one of the largest land mammal carnivores of all time!
Parents use low calls to tell their chicks to freeze and lie still when danger lurks.
Some of the largest moths in the world
Newly hatched sauropods weighted less than 11 pounds and put on 2 tons of weight a year!
Sauropods lived in herds.
Before ball pythons' morphs became popular, Savu pythons were everywhere in the pet trade.
This is the smallest venomous snake in India's Big Four.
The ancient Egyptians worshipped scarabs.
There are around 2,000 known species!
The cutest mutation in the animal kingdom
The sea eagle tends to mate for life with a single partner
The sea snake is incredibly venomous, even more than a cobra!”
Some gulls are capable of using tools
Males give birth to up to 1,000 offspring!
Males never sing the same song twice
Senepol cattle have a distinctive red color and no horns.
Shantungosaurus was one of the largest duck-billed dinosaurs to have ever lived.
Despite the massive size of the Shastasaurus, it only ate soft-bodied prey.
Around 35 million in the English countryside!
Shiba Inus are one of six native dog breeds from Japan.
Can live for up to 15 years!
Despite having long, flowing hair, Shih Tzus and many of their hybrids are hypoallergenic.
This dog was declared a Japanese Natural Monument in 1937.
The short-eared owl is one of the most widespread owl species in the world, covering five continents.
The spinal column of the shrew Scutisorex somereni is so strong and reinforced that it can support the weight of an adult human.
There are 2,000 different species worldwide!
Originated from temple cats in Thailand!
Can live in low-oxygen environments!
There’s a population of Siberian ibex in New Mexico
Also known as the Amur tiger!
Sikas can make 10 different sounds, from soft whistles to loud screams.
Silkie hens are excellent mothers and will tid-bit food with her young. This means she goes over to the food or treats, has a bite, then calls the chick over to her to share. Silkie hens will raise any bird as their own and have been known to patiently sit on a clutch of duck or geese eggs until they hatch.
Sinosauropteryx were prominent in the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods.
Sivatherium was a large giraffid and also one of the largest ruminants of all-time.
Some skinks lay eggs in some habitats while giving birth to skinklets in other habitats.
Skuas will chase other birds until they give up their catch
Also known as the Polecat!
Found widely throughout British gardens!
They glide around on one foot, which is aided by the slime they produce
Has up to 45 eggs per egg case
There are nearly 1,000 different species!
There are around 4,000 known species worldwide
Unlike other big cats, snow leopards don’t roar.
Soldier beetles resemble fireflies, but they're not bioluminescent.
A male song thrush can have over 100 phrases in his repertoire of songs and can imitate pet birds, telephones and other man-made objects.
There are less than 20 in the wild!
There are 140 different species!
The sparrowhawk is named after the fact that it hunts down and consumes sparrows
Spider beetles have globular bodies, which makes them look like spiders.
They like to hide in crevices on the sides of cliffs, waiting for prey.
They prey on spiders to feed their larvae or they parasitize other spider wasps.
The Spinosaurus is the biggest carnivorous dinosaur ever discovered!
The shell serves as both a defense and camouflage!
Spitting cobras are types of cobras that can spit venom at predators and prey.
The female Spongy Moth can lay between 600 to 1,000 eggs
Males battle each other over females and territory
The spotted lanternfly is often confused for a moth, but it’s actually a type of planthopper
Small rodents found in woodlands worldwide!
Now restricted to a few parks!
Steelhead live in freshwater rivers and streams for 1 to 2 years before migrating into the ocean
There are more than 3,000 different species!
Because of their unique venom delivery system, stiletto snakes are almost impossible to hold safely in the usual way (with fingers behind the head) without being bitten.
Average adults weigh about 200 grams!
Their songs are harsh and sound like two rocks hitting together.
They can’t sing like other birds.
When strawberry hermit crabs find shells that are larger than their own, they gather in a line from biggest to smallest. Once the biggest one sheds its shell, the next one in line will claim it, which is repeated down the line.
The striped hyenas usually mark their territories with the help of the scent gland secretions from their anal pouch.
Can glide for over 100 feet before touching the ground
Less than 2,000 left in the wild!
Known to make mental maps of the forest!
The smallest species of rhino!
The smallest species of tiger!
The smallest species of bear in the world!
Sunbeam snakes have two lungs instead of just a single lung like most snake species.
These larvae are native to Central and South America but now occur on every continent except Antarctica
The edges of an iridescent shark's fins have a signature glow
swallows have aerodynamic bodies for hunting in flight
Populations have been affected by pollution!
Can get used to and respond to human voice
The average lifespan of these strange creatures is 5 to 10 years; however, tailless whip scorpions have been known to live up to a whopping 15 years in captivity!
The takin can leap some 6 feet through the air
Unlike most geckos, tangerine leopard geckos have movable eyelids.
Inhabits an isolated mountain range in northwestern Sumatra!
Most closely related to horses and rhinos!
Tarantula hawks are excellent pollinators, especially for milkweed.
Tarbosaurus‘ name “bataar” is a mispelling of the Mongolian word “baatar,” which means “hero.”
Each eye weighs more than their whole brain!
The most widespread owl in Europe!
Female teacup minis become sexually mature between 2 and 5 years old, but breeders typically wait until their horse is 3 before letting her reproduce to prevent complications.
The oldest recorded teddy bear hamster was six and a half.
Their tentacles have nerves that attach directly into the area of the brain that processes visual information.
Their mounds can be up to 9 meters tall!
In their native Thailand, Thai Ridgebacks were used to hunt cobras.
Some theropods had feathers and may have been ancestors of modern birds.
The skate with the biggest spines!
The American robin is called the robin because its red breast reminded European settlers of the robin back in the old country.
Tibetan foxes are not territorial and will share a hunting ground with other mated pairs.
Originally bred in the Himalayan mountains!
Originally bred to be a companion dog in Tibetan Buddhist lamaseries.
Tibetan terriers have round, flat, “snow shoe” feet that evolved to give them traction on snowy Himalayan paths
They inject hosts with a chemical that stops them from feeling the pain of the bite
The largest feline in the world!
The adult tiger beetle is one of the fastest land insects in the world
The bright colors of this moth are a signal to predators that it has a terrible taste.
Ironically, Timor pythons have never been found on the island of Timor.
They like to burrow into aquarium sand.
Can live until they are more than 150 years old!
Ambush their prey using a trapdoor made of silk
Found in warmer jungles and forests!
Pit vipers can strike accurately at moving objects less than .5 degrees Farenheit warmer than the background.
Their tailfeathers help them maintain their balance on a tree trunk
They don’t have scales for their first month of life!
Some species of aquatic turtles can get up to 70 percent of their oxygen through their butt.
Their guano is used in face creams!
The Uintatherium was an exceptionally large and exceptionally ugly ungulate that lived during the Eocene epoch
Their colorful rear wing makes predators think that they are poisonous, however they are not it is a deceptive feature.
The Ural owl can rotate its head up to 270 degrees
Create "inns" for other sea creatures
Urials are the ancestors of modern-day domesticated sheep.
Spiny-tailed lizards "sneeze" out salt!
Vampire crabs do not depend on saltwater for their development; instead, they live near freshwater rivers and in forests amongst rocks and dense vegetation.
A slender body and elongated snout give the vine snake a regal look.
Vinegaroons can spray 19 times before the glands are depleted
Vipers are one of the most widespread groups of snakes and inhabit most
Voles were heavily mentioned in a Star Trek series as a space station pest.
There are 30 different species worldwide!
The walking catfish can move on land while breathing air
Warblers are so called because of the trills of their song.
There are around 75,000 recognised species!
Water beetles bite; they use their legs to inject venomous digestive saliva
Has been domesticated for thousands of years!
Some species of water bugs can deliver a painful bite when handled.
Spends most of it's time in the trees!
The Wax Moth larvae are more dangerous than the adult.
The smallest carnivorous mammal in the world!
The weaver constructs an elaborate nest for the breeding season
Welsh Black Cattle were once used as currency in Wales and referred to as “black gold”.
Due to being so attached to their owners, the Welsh Springer Spaniel does not do well with being left alone and can experience separation anxiety.
The fastidious whimbrel sometimes washes off its prey before it eats it.
This butterfly determines the smell and taste of a flower with its feet.
There are two different types of white ferrets!
The larva is the pest because a fully-grown white-shouldered house moth cannot feed; it can only absorb liquid
It is one of the biggest birds of prey.
None have been seen in the wild for 50 years!
Males have a top tusk to sharpen the bottom one!
The body of Wiwaxia was covered by rows of sclerites and spines
Thought to date back more than 300,000 years!
Harmless, but with fangs like a wolf.
Carnivorous arachnid that hunts its prey.
Temperature determines the sex of turtle eggs
This animal can roll up into a ball
Unlike most spiders, woodlouse spiders don’t build a web.
There are 200 different species!
Another name for these fuzzy insects is "boogie-woogie aphids" because of their habit of lifting their posteriors and pulsing them in synchronized motions when threatened.
The woolly rhinoceros roamed the earth between three and a half million and 14,000 years ago.
They feign death by making their bodies limp and closing their eyes.
Smal eel-like ancient shark
Xiaosaurus was a small and lightweight dinosaur
Xiaotingia used its feathery hindlimbs for short-distance flights
Yaks can live at altitudes up to 20,000 feet--the highest of any land-dwelling mammal.
These aphids are primarily wingless; however, once the infestation on their host gets too crowded, they develop wings, allowing them to fly to a new host plant.
One of the top 100 worst invasive species!
It interbreeds with the pine bunting
Yellowjacket stings account for the majority of deaths from wasp stings
Yokohama chickens have snow white feathers with tails reaching up to 4 feet in length.
The male zebra finch creates a unique song by drawing inspiration from its parent or tutor
There are around 75 different species!
Zokors are expert diggers. They burrow tunnels hundreds of feet long!
Asian Animals List Asia FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) What animals live in Asia?
Tigers, elephants, rhinoceros, bears, monkeys, camels, birds and snakes are just some examples of Asian wildlife, as are more exotic and unique species such as the Malayan Tapir, Slow Loris, Japanese Macaque and the Lesser Bird-of-Paradise.
What are some animals that are unique to Asia?
Sun Bears, Clouded Leopards and Draco Lizards.
How many different animals live in Asia?
There are as many animals as there are habitat types in Asia, from desert and land-dwelling to forest and jungle-dwelling as well as ocean wildlife.
What is the biggest animal in Asia?
It depends on the type of animal. The biggest land animal on the continent is the Asian elephant, the saltwater crocodile is the biggest reptile there and in the world and the blue whale is the biggest marine mammal there and in the world.
What is the oldest country in Asia?
oldest country in Asia is Iran, which traces back its roots to around 7000 BCE. Other countries with ancient roots include China, India, and Vietnam.