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Asian Wildlife Part IV: Mountain Wildlife

Updated on February 12, 2013
Asian Mountain Forests
Asian Mountain Forests | Source
 Yak
Yak | Source
Armoured Pricklenape Agama
Armoured Pricklenape Agama | Source
Himalayan Griffon
Himalayan Griffon | Source
Rhododendron Forests
Rhododendron Forests | Source

The Mountain Wildlife of Asia boasts about the steep valleys and crags of himalayas. These are the areas where the Asian wildlife finds its shelters. These mountain slopes located at the high altitutes are draped with forests and snow. Many animals live within these snowy meadows and fields. These animals living within the mountain wildlife of Asia usually migrate from higher slopes to lower slopes in search of warmth. Best example of such animal is Yak, which is one of inhabitant of the Mountain wildlife.

Few other animals that adapt to the Asian Mountain Wildlife include the Armored Pricklenape agama and the Himalayan Griffon.

Yak

Yak adapts well to the Mountain wildlife as these animals are known to have larger lungs which facilitates them to transport oxygen in greater capacities through their blood. Thus these animals can easily thrive on higher altitudes as compared to lower altitudes. On lower altitudes yaks usually suffer severe heat exhaustion. Yaks are known to live in herds comprising of around 20 to 30 animals. They are herbivores that strive on grasses and green mountaneous shrubs. Yaks are also reared as domestic cattles primarily for their milk, butter, meat, skin and also used for transport.

Armoured Pricklenape Agama

Armoured Pricklenape Agama is a mountain horned lizard, which is named so for the presence of sharp spines all over its neck area and head adapted for protection. These lizards are found on tree tops all over the mountaineous forests. Its green and brown scales offers an excellent camouflage which perfectly match with the green and brown tree leaves. Moreover these Armoured pricklenape lizards have excellent claws that offer good grip while leaping over tree branches.

Himalayan Griffon

A Himalayan Griffon is one of the world's oldest and largest vulture that is found in great numbers soaring over Himalayan mountain slopes. These large vultures are pale brown in colour and bore white streaks all over its body. Its powerful hooked bill allows the bird to rip open its prey including a dead yak in matter of seconds.

Rhododendron - Flowering plants of Asian Mountain Forests

Flowering plants like Rhododendron are known to add the place its beauty during its flowering seasons, with colourful ablaze spread widely all over the mountain slopes. One can find wide varieties of these flowering species in Himalayas with its tiny seeds carried effortlessly allover by wind and water.

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    • Fellow Mumbaite profile imageAUTHOR

      Fellow Mumbaite 

      5 years ago from India

      u r welcome tillsontitan :)

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Thank you for the lizard lesson ;)

    • Fellow Mumbaite profile imageAUTHOR

      Fellow Mumbaite 

      5 years ago from India

      Hey tillsontitan...Agamas are commonly known as Mountain horned lizard and are comparatively smaller in size. Iguanas on the other hand are large, common as pets and found in large number in USA and Canada. Glad you visited..Thank you :)

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      What an interesting glimpse into Asian Mountain Wildlife! Your pictures are beautiful showing exactly what you're talking about. At first glance the Agama looks a lot like an Iguana.

      Voted up and interesting.

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