A-z - Animals


You can find a full list of Indian animals below. We are currently tracking 331 animals in India and growing every day!

India is a land of incredible extremes in terms of size, population and even wildlife. Some of the largest (and even some smallest) wildlife on Earth can be found in India's vast mountains, verdant grasslands, luscious tropical jungles and forests, lush wetlands and arid deserts.

The country's best-known regions include the Himalayas, the Indo-Gangetic plain (named for the two northern rivers it clings to), the Western Ghats, and the Deccan Plateau in the south.

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Official National (State) Animals of India

A symbol of strength and power, the Bengal tiger is India's official national animal. Other important symbols include the Indian elephant and the Indian peacock, which is the national bird of India and symbolizes royalty and good luck.

The Bengal tiger wasn't always India's national animal. In fact, until 1973, it was a lion. Why did it change? Before 1900, there were large populations of Bengal tigers in India. But between 1900 and 1973 their numbers declined dramatically due to poaching. To restore its population, the tiger program was launched in April 1973, and as a springboard, the Bengal tiger was declared the national animal of India.

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The Indian peacock is the national bird of India, a symbol of royalty and luck.

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Where to Find Top Wildlife

Many people unconsciously think of the African continent as a must-see for safari. But India is a country with rich habitats suitable for wildlife to thrive. Since 1972, India has not only made efforts in the field of conservation, but also worked to strengthen India's reputation as a wildlife hunting destination.

The Indian government has established more than 500 wildlife sanctuaries, covering an area of over 74,425 square miles, and 100 national parks to protect its wildlife. The largest and most popular parks are listed below:

  • Located in the southern state of Karnataka, Nagarahole National Park is one of India's top destinations. Dense forests, jungles and swamps are home to tigers, crocodiles, elephants and water birds.
  • Located on the floodplains of the Brahmaputra River in northeast Assam, Kaziranga National Park is home to buffalo, deer, puffer fish, tigers and most of the world's last remaining rhino.
  • Keoladeo National Park in the northern state of Rajasthan is home to savannahs and wetlands and is an ideal haven for migratory birds from Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, China and Siberia.
  • Satpura National Park in the central highlands of Madhya Pradesh is home to deer species including muntjac, goral, sambar and blackbuck.
  • If you're interested in exploring India's rich marine wildlife, then you might want to check out the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. Located near the remote Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean, the park is home to a large population of fish, manta rays and waterbirds that live around coral reefs.
Indian elephant, Nagarhole National Park, Karnataka, India
Nagarahole National Park in the southern Indian state of Karnataka is a popular spot for wildlife viewing, including Indian elephants.

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The most dangerous animals in India today

India is home to many dangerous animals. While some wild animals are dangerous due to their size, strength, hunting skills or deadly venom, other animals are dangerous for different reasons. Unfortunately, residents of India can fall victim to wildlife attacks on a daily basis. Amazingly, a study conducted between April 2016 and March 2017 showed that of the 7,556 human animal attack deaths, 80% of these deaths were attributed to dog bites (whether the death was from the attack or rabies) from dogs unknown). 5% of the deaths were bitten by snakes, 3% were bitten by monkeys, and the rest included wild boars, tigers, leopards, jackals, elephants, etc., and there were even cases of being bitten by domestic cattle or domestic cattle, and rats.

Collectively, these animal species are very dangerous and responsible for many deaths in India:

  • King Cobra – Native to the forests and jungles of eastern India, the king cobra can release a powerful toxin that affects the central nervous system of the victim. Symptoms include pain, dizziness, and even paralysis. Death sometimes occurs in as little as 30 minutes.
  • Saltwater Crocodile – The largest living reptile in the world, the saltwater crocodile can grow up to 20 feet long. Its world-class bite and propensity to see humans as prey means that contact with this crocodile should be avoided at all costs. Unfortunately, many trespassers are vulnerable to attack every year.
  • Russell Viper – One of the most dangerous and fearsome snake species in the world, the Russell Viper kills thousands of people every year. Symptoms of its bite include pain, swelling, dizziness, vomiting, and even kidney failure. Since it feeds on rodents and lizards, this snake often wanders into human territory.
  • Indian Red Scorpion – The venom of this scorpion attacks the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems, resulting in a shockingly high mortality rate. Symptoms may include vomiting, sweating, pain, convulsions, difficulty breathing, and abnormal heart rate.
Deadliest Snake - Russell Viper
The mortality rate of Russell vipers in India is about 2.6%.

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endangered animals in india

India is home to some of the largest and most unique wildlife on Earth, but much of this diversity is now in danger of being wiped out by human activity. There are multiple species of animals that are endangered and some of them are Snow Leopard, Nilgirital, Kashmir Red Deer, Blackbuck and One-horned Rhino.

Here is a list of other endangered Indian animals detailing their plight:

  • Indian Elephant – This subspecies of the Asian elephant is endemic to the grasslands and forests of South Asia. But elephant numbers have plummeted as habitat loss eats away at their natural territories. Only about 30,000 of them remain in India.
  • Bengal Tiger – This subspecies of tiger once roamed the forests, grasslands and mangroves of India in large numbers. But poaching and habitat loss have caused numbers to decline, so it's now listed as endangered. Of the total population of about 3,000 people in the entire larger region, only about 2,000 remained in India.
  • Dhole – Also known as the Asian wild dog, this wolf relative is endemic to mountains, alpine forests and grasslands. Like wolves, it is deliberately persecuted by humans, both for entertainment and to prevent them from killing livestock. It is now extinct from most of its former territory.
  • Asiatic Lion – This subspecies of lion is not as well known as its African brethren. It once inhabited large swaths of western Asia, but due to deliberate hunting and some habitat loss, the species is now restricted to the Indian state of Gujarat in the west of the country.
  • Indian Vulture – The Indian vulture experienced a sharp and sudden decline between 2000 and 2007 due to kidney failure caused by accidental ingestion of a drug commonly prescribed to livestock. Because bald eagles help keep the environment free of carcasses, their decline causes diseases to spread more quickly. Conservationists are trying to breed them in captivity, but their slow reproduction has hindered their recovery. It is now in danger of extinction.
  • Lion-tailed macaques – this endangered Old World monkey with an elegant silver-white mane and long tufted tail, is endemic to the Western Ghats in southern India. Only a few thousand remain in the wild.
  • South Asian Pufferfish – This species of freshwater dolphin is endemic to the Indus River in Pakistan and the Ganges in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. It is estimated that there are fewer than 5,000 left, which may be due to pollution, dam construction and other habitat changes.
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Dingo Breed: Dhole
Wild dogs, persecuted by humans for sport and to prevent humans from killing livestock, are now extinct from much of their former Indian territory.

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bird species in india

About 1,300 bird species are native to India, 80 of which are endemic. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is the largest bird sanctuary in Karnataka and one of the best bird watching places in India.

You'll find a wide variety of birds, including piebald kingfishers, long-legged spoonbills, spotted owls and painted storks. You can see the resident birds all year round, or the many migratory birds that use the reserve. The best time to observe resident and migratory birds is from November to February.

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, also known as Keoladeo National Park, is famous for bird watching. More than 360 species of birds inhabit the woodlands, grasslands, swamps and wetlands of this reserve. It is famous for the critically endangered Siberian crane. You'll also find Indian peacocks, flamingos, pelicans, vultures, Indian gray hornbills, and more.

The best time to watch both resident and migratory birds is from October to March.

Types of Crane Birds - Siberian Crane
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, also known as Keoladeo National Park, is home to many endangered birds such as the Siberian Crane.

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snake native to india

There are 60 species of venomous snakes in India. It is home to a group of famous venomous snakes known as the "Four Vipers". Indian cobras, Russell vipers, kraits and saw-scaled vipers are responsible for the deadliest snake bites in the country. Experts recently included the hump-nosed pit viper, the fifth deadliest species of venomous snake, on the list.

In addition to the big four snakes, there are many species of snakes in India's diverse habitats. Other popular animals in India include:

  • Indian Rat Snake: Also known as the Eastern Rat Snake, they are common in a wide range of habitats across India. These semi-arboreal snakes are long and thin.
  • King Cobra: The world's longest venomous snake, reaching up to 18 feet. They are found in the forested and agricultural areas of northern India.
  • Indian python: They have several common names, including black-tailed python, Indian rock python, and Asian rock python. These non-venomous snakes live in various tropical habitats in India.
  • Checkered Keelfish: Aggressive semiaquatic snake found near freshwater sources.
  • Brahminy Blind Snake: The smallest snake in India and one of the smallest snakes in the world. They live underground and are similar in appearance to earthworms.
Cobras are one of the four venomous species that cause the most snakebites to humans in India. Many specimens display a hood marking, two circular motifs joined by a curved line, reminiscent of spectacles.
The venomous king cobra is a snake native to India.


6 Largest Animals Indian Animals

India is home to some really big animals. Below is a list of the largest land animals you will find in India.

  • Indian elephant: Up to 10 feet tall and 11,000 pounds
  • The great one-horned rhino can reach 6.6 feet in length and weigh up to 6,600 pounds
  • Bison (Bison bison): Up to 10 feet 10 inches in length and 3,300 pounds in weight
  • Bengal tiger: up to 10 feet long and weigh up to 660 pounds
  • Nilgai: Up to 5 feet tall and 634 pounds
  • Asiatic lion: up to 10 feet long and weigh up to 440 pounds
  • Saltwater crocodile: Can grow up to 23 feet in length and weigh up to 2,200 pounds

6 Rarest Indian Animals

If you're traveling to India, you might want to put these rare animals on your bucket list to look for in a game reserve or safari.

  • Red panda: This bamboo-loving animal inhabits temperate forests in the Himalayas between 1,800 and 4,000 meters above sea level. It has fiery red fur and is more raccoon than panda in features.
  • Asiatic Lion: There are only 600 of these lions in the wild, isolated in the Gir Forest in western India, their only remaining natural habitat.
  • Nilgiri Tahr: Not only is this goat breed rare in the wild, it is also the state animal of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
  • Snow Leopards: Snow leopards have one of the nicest furs of any feline and are well worth a look. A few viewing locations are Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary (Arunachal Pradesh), Himalayan National Park (Himachal Pradesh) and Nanda Devi National Park (Uttarakhand).
  • Black Deer: Another state animal (Punjab, Haryana and Andhra Pradesh) is the black deer, also known as the Indian Oryx. It has spiraling horns and unique colors—a sight to behold.
  • Indian Great Bustard: This would be one of the rarest birds in India as there are only 150 recorded in the wild. They prefer dry grassland habitats and are endangered due to habitat loss.
red animal - red panda
The red panda is a rare Indian animal native to the Himalayas.

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national parks in india

Are you looking for an adventurous way to explore the country? Check out the many beautiful national parks in India! Explore dozens of Bengal tiger reserves, travel through regions that inspired The Jungle Book , and relax at luxury resorts near lush jungle.

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indian animals

angora goat

Each adult Angora goat produces about 12 inches of mohair per year, while children have about 8 inches.


First evolved 100 million years ago!

archer fish

Archerfish can shoot up to 5 feet of water with amazing precision.


They are so named because they "march" from one crop to another in an army of worms in search of food

atlas moth

Adult Atlas moths don't eat — they live off fat stored as larvae.


The extinct ancestor of all domestic cattle!


Has a curved, upturned beak!

banana spider

People use these spider silks to spin clothes and weave fishing nets.

banded krait

What usually prevents more people from becoming victims is that banded kraits don't always inject venom in their defensive bites. It saves venom to replace prey.


There are over 1768 known species!

barn owl

Can be found all over the world!


Detect prey using echolocation!


baya builds a giant nest out of plant fibers


There are 8 different species!

beauty rat snake

If left undisturbed, beauty rat snakes are relatively harmless and only attempt to bite out of fear.


Bee petroglyphs date back 15,000 years


They roll in the dirt to ward off external parasites


There are more than 350,000 different species


Not all birds can fly!

cookie beetle

Cookie beetle forms symbiotic relationship with yeast

blind snake

Blind snakes are often mistaken for worms.


There are thought to be as many as 17,500 species!


Babies of some species peel and eat their mother's skin with their hooked or spatula-like teeth


Can survive 10 months without drinking water!

camel cricket

Camel crickets found in the United States are light brown in color. They also have black stripes all over their bodies.


It has 20 different muscles in its ears!

carpenter ants

Carpenter ants can lift seven times their own weight with their teeth!

carpet viper

Carpet vipers probably bite and kill more people than any other snake species.

cashmere goat

The cashmere goat is named after the Kashmir region of India and Pakistan


First domesticated by the ancient Egyptians!


There are almost 3000 different species!


There are approximately 3,000 documented species!


There are over 160 different species!


First domesticated over 10,000 years ago!


Cicadas are among the longest-lived insects


This vulture can fly very high. At least one has been found thousands of feet from the summit of Mount Everest.


About 300 million years ago!

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codling moth

Pupae are able to diapause through low-yield years and winters.


A flock of crows is called inhumanity or conspiracy.

coral snake

There are more than 80 species of coral snakes in the world.


They can fly up to 35 miles per hour and dive up to 150 feet underwater.

the cow

There are nearly 1.5 billion in the world!


There are 93 different crab groups

crab spider

Crab spiders can mimic ants or guano


Many are critically endangered species!


Male crickets can make sounds by rubbing their wings


Not much has changed in 200 million years!


Crocodilians include extinct ancient species as well as 26 extant species today.


A flock of such birds is called a murder.


These fish are a popular choice among aquarium enthusiasts due to their hardiness.


There are about 40 different species!

desert locust

Solitary locusts are gray, while gregarious locusts are yellow with stripes.


Only 2,000 left in the wild!


The first domestication in Southeast Asia!

dog tick

Dog ticks feed on dogs and other mammals


First domesticated 5000 years ago!


Rows and rows of little plates lined the teeth!

dung beetle

Dung beetles can push objects many times their own weight


Has extraordinary eyesight!


They are hermaphrodites, which means they have male and female organs


There are almost 2000 different species!


Eels can grow from a few inches to 13 feet!

egyptian vulture

They stole large ostrich eggs and cracked the shells with stones and pebbles.


Spend about 22 hours a day eating!

Eurasian eagle owl

The Eurasian Horned Owl is the second largest owl in the world with a wingspan of up to six feet!

european goldfinch

They are regulars on backyard feeders, especially those containing Niger seeds.


The fastest creature on earth!

false widow spider

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fiddler crab

The fiddler crab gets its name from the movements the males make with their oversized claws during mating rituals.


Fireflies produce some of the world's most efficient light

fishing cat

Use its claws to scoop fish out of the water!


Adult fleas can jump 7 inches in the air

flower horn fish

The Flowerhorn fish is an artificial species; it does not occur naturally


There are over 240,000 different species!

flying snake

Flying snakes are the only limbless vertebrates or animals with a backbone that can glide!


Only 12 Species Are Considered "True Foxes"


There are approximately 7,000 different species!


Drosophila is one of the most commonly studied animals in the world


They make many noises when trying to attract a mate.


named after a love poem in arabic


There are thought to be more than 2,000 species!


Originally known as the Desert Rat!


Males can blow bubbles with the bump on their nose!


Discover in lush jungles and tropical forests!


Discover habitats in dense woodlands and caves!


Males form large mating groups at dusk


Closest relationship with sheep!

golden eagle

Their calls sound like high-pitched squeals, but most of the time they are quiet.


The goonch catfish, or giant devil catfish, is one of the most aggressive freshwater fish.


There are 29 different species!

gray heron

Male gray herons are picky about their mates. They will reject women they don't like.

Gypsy Moth

One of the most invasive species in the world


Ability to run backwards as fast as forwards!


Can reach speeds over 50 mph!

Hawk Moth Caterpillar

Many hawk moth caterpillars eat toxins in plants, but do not sequester them like milkweed butterflies. Most toxins are excreted from the body.


Believed to be one of the oldest mammals on Earth!


Inhabit wetlands all over the world!


There are only 8 recognized species!


Amazing bird with a stinky way to deter predators!


This bird has a huge horn on its beak!


Has evolved over 50 million years!


Horseflies have been seen performing Immelmann turns, just like fighter jets.


Believed to have originated 200,000 years ago!

hunter spider

Some hunter spiders have an interesting way of moving. Some carry cartwheels, while others do handsprings or backflips.


There are four different species!


Found in swamps, bogs and wetlands!

indian python

Kaa in Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book is an Indian python.


There are an estimated 30 million species!


Otters have the ability to swim underwater


Can maintain a speed of 16 km / h!


Tiny rodents that hop like kangaroos!

jungle chicken

The term "pecking order" comes from the hierarchy of jungle chickens between the sexes


Donkeys are native to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and are the largest of the wild donkeys!


They are the longest venomous snakes in the world.

Quail King

Females look similar to males but are not blue


Inhabit wetlands and woodlands around the world!


A painless bite can result in death.

kudzu worm

Pueraria worms don't bite humans, but they secrete a substance that can irritate people's skin. This irritation is often mistaken for a bite.


There are more than 5,000 species in the world!


There are 10 pairs of eyes!


Spent most of the time in the trees!

leopard gecko

The first domesticated lizard ever! Due to selective breeding, there are now over 100 unique color morphs.


Offspring of lion and tiger parents!


Live in small groups called prides!


There are approximately 5,000 different species!


Each locust can eat its weight in vegetation every day.


Like all slow lorises, the loris has a cute, wide-eyed appearance, but it also has venomous spines that can rot human flesh.

water dragon

Water dragon was one of the few terrestrial species that survived the Permian mass extinction


Female macaques pass on their social status to their daughters


They are found throughout Europe, Asia and Africa!

Mandarin rat snake

"This tame snake is a popular long-lived pet – although difficult to care for – and can live up to 21 years!"


After regurgitating the cud, Mahor exudes a foamy substance that locals use to extract snake venom.


There are 2,500 known species worldwide!


They have a symbiotic relationship with ants.


they line their nests with feathers


Feeds mainly on earthworms!

mole cricket

Adult mole crickets can fly up to 5 miles during mating season and are active most of the year.


Sizes range from 1 to 3 feet!


Characteristic of two or more breeds!


There are approximately 260 known species!

monolithic cobra

The one-eyed cobra has the highest mortality rate of all snake species in Thailand.


Feed on aquatic insects and water spiders!


Only female mosquitoes actually drink blood


There are 250,000 different species!


Found on every continent on Earth!


Offspring of horse and donkey parents!


Muntjac is the smallest deer species in the world

musk deer

Musk deer glands fetch up to $45,000 on the black market.

starling bird

Many people think that starlings are better at imitating humans than parrots!

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Roamed Asia and Europe for about 100,000 years!


Ability to regenerate lost or damaged limbs!

Neil Guy

The Nilgai were hunted for their meat as early as 8,000 years ago.


The Onager's coat changes color with the seasons.

Celestial Weaver

Females are about four times the size of males


They reuse nesting sites for 70 years!


There are 13 different species in the world


The owl's head can rotate about 270 degrees


poor eyesight but good sense of smell


The monk parakeet is the only true nesting parakeet. They are also the only parakeets that nest in large colonies.


The life span can reach 100 years!


Most common in mainland India!


Females lay 8 to 12 eggs per clutch!


The jacana is the only species in its family that can migrate over long distances.


Thought to have been domesticated as early as 9000 BC!


They can find their way back to their lair from as far as 1,300 miles away.


Found in mountains and rocky areas

pipe snake

Some of these snakes flatten their necks and raise their heads when threatened, mimicking a cobra.


Rattlesnakes retract their fangs into their mouths when they are not needed.


There are 30 different species worldwide!


Inhabit woodlands and forest areas around the world!


There are over 300 different species!


Omnivore that eats everything!

rat snake

Rat snakes are pythons in the python family.

bald eagle

Not just scavengers, these birds are also opportunistic hunters


Alligators have a narrow snout that looks like a beak.

rhesus monkey

In terms of geographic diversity, the rhesus macaque is the most widely distributed primate


There are over 45 species in Australia alone!


Capybaras are the largest rodents in the world and love to be in and around water. Because of this, the Catholic Church in South America recognizes it as a fish, allowing it to be eaten during Lent and First Friday.


Will mate with the whole flock!

Russell's Viper

Russel's viper attack is so powerful that it can lift its entire body off the ground.


Ferrets were used to control rat populations during the Revolutionary War.


There are over 700 different species!


Male sambars compete for mates by bumping their antlers

sand crab

Sand crab uses its tail to burrow under the sand

Sarus Crane

When danger lurks, parents use low meows to tell their chicks to stay still and lie still.


There are approximately 2,000 known species!

sea eagle

Sea eagles tend to mate with one mate for life


Males can have up to 1000 offspring!


There are around 35 million of them in the English countryside!

short eared owl

The short-eared owl is one of the most widely distributed owl species in the world, with a distribution on five continents.


The shrew Scutisorex somereni has a spine so strong it can support the weight of an adult.


There are 2,000 different species worldwide!

Siva beast

Sivatherium is a large giraffe and one of the largest ruminants that ever lived.

skink lizard

Some skinks lay eggs in certain habitats while laying baby skinks in other habitats.

slow worm

Found everywhere in English gardens!


They glide on one foot, thanks to the mucus they produce


There are almost 1000 different species!


There are approximately 4,000 known species worldwide

snow leopard

Unlike other big cats, snow leopards do not roar.


There are 140 different species!

spider wasp

They prey on spiders to feed their larvae, or parasitize other spider wasps.

spotted lanternfly

The spotted lanternfly is often mistaken for a moth, but it's actually a species of planthopper


Small Rodents Found in Woodlands Around the World!


The average adult weighs about 200 grams!


They cannot sing like other birds.

striped hyena

Hyenas usually mark their territory with the secretion of scent glands in the anal sac.

sun bear

The smallest bear species in the world!


The population is affected by pollution!


Antelopes can jump about 6 feet in the air

tarantula hawk

Tarantula hawks are excellent pollinators, especially milkweed.


Their mounds can be as high as 9 meters!


Some theropods had feathers and may have been the ancestors of modern birds.


The American robin is called the robin because its red breast reminded European settlers of the robin of its homeland.

check the box

They injected their hosts with a chemical that made them less painful to be bitten


The largest cat in the world!

tiger beetle

Adult tiger beetle is one of the world's fastest land insects


Can live to more than 150 years old!

tree frog

Discover in warm jungles and forests!

Tree Viper (Bamboo Viper)

Rattlesnakes can accurately attack moving objects that are 0.5 degrees Fahrenheit below the background temperature.

sea turtle

Certain species of aquatic turtles can get up to 70% of their oxygen through their butts.


Urials are the ancestors of the modern domesticated sheep.

vine snake

The slender body and elongated snout give the vine snake a regal look.


Vinegar can be sprayed 19 times before the gland is depleted

poisonous snake

The venomous snake is one of the most widespread snake species with the most habitats


There are 30 different species worldwide!


Songbirds are named for the trill of their songs.


There are approximately 75,000 recognized species!


The smallest carnivorous mammal in the world!

White Tiger

Never seen anything in the wild in 50 years!

wild boar

The male has a top tusk to sharpen the bottom one!


Thoughts date back 300,000 years!


They play dead by paralyzing their bodies and closing their eyes.


There are about 75 different species!

List of Animals of India

about the author

Abby Parks is the author of novels, plays, short stories, poems and lyrics. She has recorded two albums of her original songs and is a multi-instrumentalist. She manages a folk music website and writes about singer-songwriters, folk bands, and other music-related articles. She is also a radio DJ for folk music shows. As well as being a pet parent to rabbits, birds, dogs and cats, Abby enjoys hunting for animals in the wild and has witnessed some of the more exotic ones such as Puffins in the Farne Islands, Puffins in Chiloe Southern Pudu (Chile), penguins in the wild, and countless wildlife of the Rocky Mountains (bighorn sheep, goats, moose, elk, marmots, beavers).

India Frequently Asked Questions (Frequently Asked Questions)

What animals are there in India?

India is especially rich in deer and other ungulates, big cats, snakes, bats, monkeys, rodents, birds, insects and freshwater fish.

What are the major animals in India?

The most famous animals are probably tigers, elephants, rhinos, lions, peacocks, snow leopards and monkeys.

How many animals are there in India?

India is home to about 2,500 species of fish, 200 species of amphibians, 400 species of reptiles, 400 species of mammals and about 1,250 species of birds.

Which animal is banned in India?

India does prohibit people from owning or importing certain animals, including certain species of monkeys, parakeets, parrots, turtles, penguins, otters, manatees and cetaceans.