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Asian Wildlife Part III: Grassland Wildlife

Updated on February 12, 2013

When it comes to grasslands, Asian Wildlife has been known for its Savannah and undulating plains of Asia which offer extensive grassland wildlife. Unlike the temperate forest wildlife of Asia, the grasslands of Asia experiences hot, humid and dry summers. So the animals within these Asian grasslands are known to adapt to such extreme climatic conditions. In the Asian grasslands thus large animals learn to conserve moisture and in cases of small animals they seek comforts in burrows.

One can also see many draught resistant flora in Asian grasslands including shrubs like Chinese Lantern that grows here in abundance. Animals that can adapt to the Grassland Wildlife of Asia include the Saiga Antelope and the Tawny Eagle.

Chinese Lantern
Chinese Lantern | Source
Saiga Antelope
Saiga Antelope | Source
Tawny Eagle
Tawny Eagle | Source
Gerbil resembles to a mouse
Gerbil resembles to a mouse | Source
Gazelle
Gazelle | Source
Indian Nilgai
Indian Nilgai | Source
Pangolin curled up into a ball for safety.
Pangolin curled up into a ball for safety. | Source
Indian mongoose
Indian mongoose | Source
Bengal Fox
Bengal Fox | Source
Indian Cobra
Indian Cobra | Source

Chinese Lantern Plant

Also referred as the Winter Cherry, the Chinese Lantern plant is drought resistant and hence completely adapted to the Asian Grassland Wildlife. The roots of these plants are known to go deeper and deeper into the soil in search of water. This plant bear flowers as well as fruits which are known to be edible. The plant is called so for the papery orange lanterns that grows on this plant that encloses the berries within. The Chinese Lantern plant is considered to be herb and is said to have medicinal properties.

Saiga Antelope

One of the most endangered species, the saiga antelopes are one of the species found within the Asian grasslands. These antelopes usually migrate to south during winters to escape the cold and extreme weather. But they migrate back to the north for the plentiful grass to live on. The saiga has a mucous lined snout that helps them to filter the dust of hot and dry summers as well as during winters the cold air is warmed before inhaling. Saiga always form large herds and graze as well as migrate together in groups.

Tawny Eagle

Tawny eagle flies over the Asian grasslands which comprise of semi-arid deserts and steppes in search of foods. These eagles are known to be skilled hunters and have a hooked beak which helps them to hold on to a prey. These eagles are also known to strive on foods that they steal from other hunters.

Other animals found in Asian Grasslands

Most of the Asian Tropical Grasslands lie within India and animals that are found in abundance here are gerbils and gazelles. Though gazelles are herbivores and feed on grass, gerbils on the other hand feed on insects and seeds.

One other animal found in abundance over Indian Grasslands is the Nilgai that resembles to that of a horse, but is an antelope. Nilgai too feeds on grass.

Few other animals that are found here in the Indian grasslands include the black buck and the 4 horned antelope. Both these animals are herbivore.

When it comes to carnivores of Asian grasslands, pangolin seem to well adapted to these environs because of their small size that helps them to survive in the bushes. Pangolins feed on ants and for their own safety can curl up into a ball.

Other carnivores’ include the hedgehog and the shrews. These animals eat insects.

Few other animals to include in the carnivore’s list is the Indian mongoose and the honey badger who survive on the snakes.

When it comes to snakes, Indian Cobra and vipers can’t be missed. Their food includes rats, frogs and small birds.

Don’t even get the feeling that Asian Grasslands include only small carnivores. The bigger ones found here include the Bengal Fox, striped hyena, golden jackal, Egyptian vulture, cheetahs, leopards and the largest predators of Asian Grasslands – the Indian Lion.


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      Fellow Mumbaite 

      5 years ago from India

      Thank you Nell Rose...Glad you liked it.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      This was so interesting, I love animals so its great to see so many different species that live there, wonderful, voted up!

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      Fellow Mumbaite 

      6 years ago from India

      Thanks a lot sgbrown...I am so happy you visited and liked my hub..I too love to learn more about places and animals...more to come soon.

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      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This is a very interesting hub as well. I love to learn about differnet places and the animals that live there. Voted up and interesting! Have a great day! :)

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      Fellow Mumbaite 

      6 years ago from India

      thanks pateluday for visiting..Glad you liked it:)

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      Uday Patel 

      6 years ago from Jabalpur, MP, India

      Informative Hub!

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      Fellow Mumbaite 

      6 years ago from India

      Great..It's indeed really fun to learn more and more about different ecosystem to realize how fantastic and peculiar they are. Thanks for visiting Jamie

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      6 years ago from Reno NV

      I love to learn different ecosystems and the incredible animals that inhabit them. Thank You. Jamie

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      Fellow Mumbaite 

      6 years ago from India

      You are right about the same..People are destroying the environment for their selfish motives. Me too pray the same!

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      WD Curry 111 

      6 years ago from Space Coast

      We have too much development in Florida. People from other parts of the country don't understand the destruction they cause when the bulldoze everything out of the way to build housing projects. We actually welcomed the collapse of the industry. I was praying for it.

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      Fellow Mumbaite 

      6 years ago from India

      Thanks WD Curry 111..I appreciate the fact that you enjoyed the article. The environment is all full of surprises and its really worth reading and watching. More to come will definitely post. Thanks for visiting and reading the same..

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      WD Curry 111 

      6 years ago from Space Coast

      I am a conservationist from Florida, USA. This is very interesting to me. It is amazing how alike the animals are. It is also amazing how different they are.

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      Fellow Mumbaite 

      6 years ago from India

      Hi Durant..thanks for visiting! More coming up very soon..

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      Joel Durant 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Nice to see all the wildlife. Great hub!

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