Asia

Below you can find a complete list of Asian animals. We currently track 491 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.

Notable Asian Animals

The 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.

The 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.

The 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.

The tiger is another common global icon for Asia. There are 6 surviving tiger subspecies on the continent:

Where To Find The Top Wild 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 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, and often 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 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

The 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.

Native Birds

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!

Asian Animals

Adelie Penguin

Eats up to 2kg of food per day!

Afghan Hound

First used as a shepherd and hunter!

Ainu

An innate sense of direction!

Akita

Very clean, intelligent and loyal!

Alaskan Pollock

It's one of the most commonly eaten fish in the world

Alligator

They have two sets of eyelids!

Amur Leopard

The Amur leopard may be the rarest big cat on Earth!

Angora Goat

Each adult Angora goat produces about 12 inches of mohair annually while kids have about 8 inches.

Ant

First evolved 100 million years ago!

Antelope

Renew their horns every year!

Ape

Love to learn, especially through observation

Arabian Cobra

The Arabian cobra is the only true cobra species that can be found in the Arabian Peninsula.

Armyworm

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

Asian Arowana

The male Asian arowana raises the eggs in its mouth

Asian Cockroach

Originally discovered in Japan

Asian Elephant

Domesticated for hundreds of years!

Asian Giant Hornet

The largest wasp in the world!

Asian Palm Civet

It mainly eats mangos and coffee!

Asian Vine Snake

This snake chews on its victims to release venom

Asiatic Black Bear

Known to eat 160 different tree-borne fruits in Thailand!

Atlas Moth

Adult atlas moths do not eat - they live off fat they stored as larvae.

Aurochs

Extinct ancestor of all domesticated cattle!

Avocet

Has a curved, upturned beak!

Babirusa

Babirusas can stand on their back hooves to eat leaves on the lower branches of a tree.

Baboon

Can travel more than four miles a day!

Bactrian Camel

The camel with two humps!

Banana Spider

People spin clothing and fishing nets out of these spiders’ silk.

Banded Krait

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.

Banded Palm Civet

Markings give it camouflage!

Barb

There are over 1768 known species!

Barn Owl

Found everywhere around the world!

Barn Swallow

Older offspring help care for new hatchlings.

Bat

Detects prey using echolocation!

Baya

The baya constructs a massive nest out of plant fibers

Bear

There are 8 different species!

Bearded Vulture

These birds eat a diet of bones

Beauty rat snake

Beauty Rat Snakes are relatively harmless if left undisturbed, only attempting to bite out of fear.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs feed for 4-12 minutes.

Bee

Rock paintings of bees date back 15,000 years

Beetle

There are more than 350,000 different species

Bengal Tiger

The most numerous species of tiger!

Binturong

Also known as the Asian Bearcat!

Bird

Not all birds are able to fly!

Bird Of Paradise

There are around 50 different species!

Birman

Also known as the Sacred Cat of Burma!

Biscuit Beetle

The biscuit beetle form a symbiotic relationship with yeast

Black Widow Spider

They typically prey on insects!

Blind Snake

The blind snake is often mistaken for a worm.

Blood Python

Blood pythons are so called because of the blood red markings on their skin.

Blue Tit

The blue tit can hang upside down from branches

Bornean Orang-utan

Known to use large leaves as umbrellas!

Borneo Elephant

The smallest species of elephant!

Brown Bear

A dominant predator in it's environment!

Brown Dog Tick

Can live its entire life indoors

Bumblebee

The most common species of bee!

Burmese

Adoring, elegant and affectionate!

Burmese Python

These snakes can swallow their prey as whole.

Butterfly

There are thought to be up 20,000 species!

Cabbage Moth

Cabbage moths are named after the vegetable they find the tastiest.

Caecilian

Some species' babies use their hooked or scraper-like teeth to peel off and eat their mother's skin

Camel

Can survive without water for 10 months!

Camel Cricket

The camel crickets that are found in the USA are light brown in color. They also have dark streaks all over their body.

Camel Spider

Fast, carnivorous arachnid with a painful bite.

Canaan Dog

Has a strong survival instinct!

Caracal

Has 20 different muscles in it's ears!

Carp

The carp is one of the most popular pond fishes in the world

Carpenter Ant

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

Carpet Viper

The Carpet Viper probably bites and kills more people than any other species of snake.

Cashmere Goat

Cashmere goat are named after Kashmir regions of India and Pakistan

Cat

First domesticated by the Ancient Egyptians!

Cat Snake

Some cat snakes have a prehensile tail that helps them climb into trees.

Caterpillar

The larvae of a moth or butterfly!

Catfish

There are nearly 3,000 different species!

Cave Lion

Unlike modern lions, cave lions didn't have a significant mane.

Centipede

There are about 3,000 documented species!

Chameleon

There are more than 160 different species!

Cheetah

The fastest land mammal in the world!

Chicken

First domesticated more than 10,000 years ago!

Chinese Alligator

Unlike other alligators, the Chinese alligator is armored all over, even on its belly.

Chinese Cobra

Juvenile Chinese cobras have the ability to start hunting almost from the moment they hatch from the eggs.

Chinese Crested Dog

A hairless breed of dog!

Chinese Geese

They are excellent “guard geese”

Chinese Paddlefish

The Chinese paddlefish is one the largest freshwater fish in the world

Chinese Shar-Pei

These dogs have a blue and black tongue.

Chow Chow

Loyal and affectionate to it's family!

Cicada

Cicadas have one of the longest insect lifespans

Cinereous Vulture

This vulture can fly at great heights. At least one was found a few thousand feet from the top of Mount Everest.

Clouded Leopard

Has canines that can be two inches long!

Cockatoo

Highly social, smart, and chatty bird.

Cockroach

Dated to be around 300 million years old!

Common Buzzard

The most common raptor in the UK!

Common European Adder

European adders are the only snake that lives above the Arctic Circle.

Common Furniture Beetle

The common furniture beetle feeds exclusively on wood

Common House Spider

House spiders have the ability to eat most insects in a home.

Common Raven

A group of ravens is called an unkindness or a conspiracy.

Coral Snake

There are over 80 species of coral snake worldwide.

Cow

There are nearly 1.5 million worldwide!

Crab

There are 93 different crab groups

Crab-Eating Macaque

Found throughout the South-East Asian jungles!

Crab Spider

Crab Spiders can mimic ants or bird droppings

Crane

Many are critically endangered species!

Cricket

Male crickets can produce sounds by rubbing their wings together

Crocodile

Have changed little in 200 million years!

Crow

A group of these birds is called a Murder.

Crucian Carp

Can survive drought by burying itself in mud.

Cuscus

Has a long, strong prehensile tail!

Danios

These fish make a popular choice for aquarium hobbyists due to their hardy nature.

Deer

There are around 40 different species!

Desert Locust

Solitary locusts are grey while gregarious locusts are yellow with stripes.

Dhole

Only 2,000 left in the wild!

Dog

First domesticated in South-East Asia!

Dog Tick

Dog ticks feed on dogs and other mammals

Donkey

First domesticated 5,000 years ago!

Dormouse

Found in Europe, Africa and Asia!

Douc

When these monkeys want to mate, they wiggle their eyebrows.

Draco Volans Lizard

Beneath the lizard’s “wings” are a pair of enlarged ribs for support.

Dragonfly

It's larvae are carnivorous!

Duck

Rows of tiny plates line their teeth!

Dung Beetle

The dung beetle can push objects many times its own weight

Dunnock

Both male and female dunnocks can have multiple mates every breeding season

Dwarf Hamster

dwarf hamsters love to explore at night.

Eagle

Has exceptional eyesight!

Earthworm

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

Earwig

There are nearly 2,000 different species!

Eel

Eels can be a mere few inches long to 13 feet!

Elephant

Spends around 22 hours a day eating!

Elk

Adult males can jump eight feet vertically

Emerald Tree Monitor

They lay their eggs in termite nests!

Equatorial Spitting Cobra

Its hood is actually made of ribs.

Ermine

A very bold and ferocious predator!

Eurasian Beaver

Eats 20% of its weight daily!

Eurasian Jay

The Eurasian jay has the ability to mimic other sounds

Eurasian Lynx

Eurasian lynxes can survive extreme weather up to elevations of 18,000 feet

Eurasian Nuthatch

Its song has been compared to a toy horn.

Eurasian Wolf

Coloring depends on location.

European Bee-Eater

They can eat up to 250 bees per day!

European Robin

Male robins are so aggressive and territorial that they will attack their own reflections.

Falcon

The fastest creatures on the planet!

Fallow deer

The fallow deer has more variation in its coat colors than most other deer.

False Cobra

When it feels threatened, it mimics a cobra in an attempt to dissuade a potential attacker.

False Widow Spider

False spiders actually prey on black widow spiders and other hazardous spiders

Fennec Fox

Found in the African Sahara Desert!

Fiddler Crab

The fiddler crab gets its name from the motion the males make with their over-sized claw during the mating ritual.

Fire-Bellied Toad

Found across mainland Europe and Asia!

Fire Eel

Fire Eels are not true eels.

Firefly

The firefly produces some of the most efficient light in the world

Fishing Cat

Scoops fish out of the water using it's paw!

Flamingo

Sleeps on just one leg!

Flea

Adult fleas can jump up to 7 inches in the air

Flowerhorn Fish

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

Fly

There are more than 240,000 different species!

Flying Lemur

The second pair of upper incisors in a flying lemur has a double root, which is unique for mammals.

Flying Snake

Flying snakes are the only gliding limbless vertebrates or animals with a backbone.

Flying Squirrel

Can glide up to 90 meters!

Formosan Mountain Dog

Formosa is the Portuguese term for the island of Taiwan

Fox

There are 12 different species in the world!

Freshwater Eel

Freshwater eels are actually catadromous, meaning they migrate to saltwater to spawn

Freshwater Jellyfish

The freshwater jellyfish is native to China but is now found all over the world

Frog

There are around 7,000 different species!

Fruit Bat

Among the largest bats in the world

Fruit Fly

Fruit flies are among the most common research animals in the world

Gazelle

Named for the Arabic word for love poems

Gecko

There are thought to be over 2,000 species!

Gerbil

Originally known as the Desert Rat!

German Cockroach

The most common type of urban roach

Gharial

Found in the murky waters of Northern India!

Ghost Catfish

You can see its heart beating

Giant Panda Bear

Bamboo makes up 99 per cent of their diet!

Giant Salamander

Cryptobranchus giant salamanders breathe mostly through their skin.

Gibbon

Found in dense jungles and tropical forests!

Glass Lizard

Can grow up to 4ft long!

Glow Worm

Found inhabiting dense woodland and caves!

Gnat

Males form large mating swarms at dusk

Goat

Most closely related to the Sheep!

Golden-Crowned Flying Fox

They eat figs almost exclusively

Golden Oriole

Migrates between Europe and Asia!

Goldfish

Goldfish and common carp can mate and produce offspring

Goonch Catfish

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

Goose

There are 29 different species!

Grass Carp

The grass carp is considered to be a natural weed control agent.

Grass Snake

Use acute hearing to hunt

Grasshopper

There are 11,000 known species!

Great Egret

The male egret performs an elaborate courtship display to attract a mate

Green Bee-Eater

Mainly eats honeybees!

Green Rat Snake

The green rat snake catches its meals in midair!

Green Tree Python

Green tree pythons are non-venomous, so to subdue their prey, they have a couple of very unique and highly successful hunting techniques.

Grey Heron

Male grey herons are picky about their mates. They'll reject a female that they don't fancy.

Griffon Vulture

Can spot a dead animal from thousands of feet away

Habu Snake

Unlike most pit vipers, the Habu gives birth to live young.

Hamster

Able to run as quickly backwards as forwards!

Hare

Can reach speeds of over 40 mph!

Hawk Moth Caterpillar

Many hawk moth caterpillars eat toxins from plants, but don’t sequester them the way milkweed butterflies do. Most toxins are excreted.

Hedgehog

Thought to be one of the oldest mammals on Earth!

Heron

Inhabits wetlands around the world!

Hokkaido

Known for its bravery and ability to withstand the cold.

Honey Badger

One of earth's bravest creatures!

Honey Bee

There are only 8 recognized species!

Honey Buzzard

Honey buzzards are medium-sized raptors that earned their names by raiding the nests of bees and wasps.

Hoopoe

Stunning bird with a stinky way to deter predators!

Hornbill

The bird has a massive horn on its bill!

Horse

Has evolved over 50 million years!

Horsefly

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

Horseshoe Crab

Changed little in over 500 million years!

House Sparrow

The house sparrow has been introduced all over the world

Housefly

The fly has no teeth

Human

Thought to have orignated 200,000 years ago!

Huntsman Spider

Some huntsman spiders have an interesting way of moving around. Some cartwheel while others do handsprings or backflips.

Hyena

There are four different species!

Ibex

Can jump over 6 feet straight up from a standstill

Ibis

Found in swamps, marshes and wetlands!

Indian Cobra

One of the Big Four.

Indian Elephant

Found throughout south-east Asia!

Indian Giant Squirrel

Indian giant squirrels use their large tail to help them balance.

Indian Palm Squirrel

Natively found in parts of India and Sri Lanka!

Indian Rhinoceros

Also known as the one-horned rhino!

Indian Star Tortoise

Popular in the exotic pet trade!

Indochinese Tiger

Now thought to be extinct in China!

Insect

Insects go back over 350 million years, making the creatures older than man, flowering plants and dinosaurs.

Insects

There are an estimated 30 million species!

Jacana

The jacana has the ability to swim underwater

Jackal

Can maintain speeds of 16 km/h!

Jackdaw

The jackdaw tends to mate for life with a single partner

Japanese Beetle

Can clear an entire fruit tree in 15 minutes in a swarm

Japanese Chin

Alert, intelligent and independent!

Japanese Macaque

Has cheek pouches for storing food!

Japanese rat snake

The albino Japanese rat snake is a symbol of good luck.

Japanese Spitz

The Japanese Spitz is sometimes referred to as a cloud dog.

Japanese Squirrel

The Japanese squirrel hoards its food for the winter

Japanese Terrier

Japanese Terriers are also called Nippon Terriers

Javan Rhinoceros

Only has a 25cm long horn!

Jerboa

Tiny rodent with a kangaroo-like jump!

Joro Spider

Named after a Japanese spider demon

Jumping Spider

Some can jump 50 times the length of their bodies

Junglefowl

The term "pecking order" comes from junglefowls' hierarchies among both sexes

Kai Ken

Kai Ken are a very rare breed of dog from Japan, though pure breeds are even harder to come by.

Keelback

The checkered keelback of the east Indies can detach its tail and grow it back, much like a lizard.

Kenyan Sand Boa

A popular pet snake that comes in dozens of morphs!

Kestrel

Can hang suspended on wind currents

Kinabalu Giant Red Leech

Comes out only during a rainstorm or just afterward

King Cobra

They are the longest venomous snake in the world.

King Rat Snake

When threatened or frightened, the king rat snake has the ability to produce a foul-smelling substance out of self defense.

Kingfisher

Inhabits wetlands and woodlands worldwide!

Kishu

Once raised to hunt dangerous game like boar, today's kishu ken are more likely to be used as guard dogs.

Koi Fish

In Japanese, the word koi sounds like the word for love. So the fish is a symbol of love among other good things.

Komodo Dragon

Only found on five Indonesian islands

Krait

A painless bite that can result in death.

Ladybug

There are more than 5,000 species worldwide!

Lappet-faced Vulture

Lappet-faced vultures are tidy and wash their heads in a body of water after they’ve eaten

Leatherback Sea Turtle

They are the largest living turtle and the only sea turtle without a hard shell!

Leech

Has 10 pairs of eyes!

Leopard

Spends much of the time high in the trees!

Leopard Cat

There are 11 different species!

Leopard Gecko

The first ever domesticated lizard! There are now more than 100 unique color morphs thanks to selective breeding.

Lhasa Apso

The Lhasa Apso was often given as a gift in Tibetan culture

Liger

The offspring of a lion and tiger parents!

Lion

Lives in small groups called prides!

Lizard

There are around 5,000 different species!

Loach

Have sharp spines below their eyes

Locust

Each locust can eat its weight in plants each day.

Long-Eared Owl

Ear tufts make it look bigger!

Long-Tailed Tit

Often hangs upside down while feeding!

Lorikeet

The lorikeet has a long brush-like tongue with fine hairs on it

Macaque

Macaque females will pass on their social rankings to their daughters

Magpie

They are found across Europe, Asia and Africa!

Malayan Civet

Also known as the Oriental Civet!

Malayan Krait

It's called the five-step snake because if a person is bitten, they can walk about five steps before dying.

Malayan Tiger

Found in less-dense jungles!

Mallard

With an appropriate tail wind, the mallard can travel hundreds of miles a day

Mamushi Snake

The Mamushi snake, which is also known as the Japanese moccasin or the Japanese pit viper, can grow to be over two feet long.

Mandarin Rat Snake

"This docile snake is a popular and long-lived pet - though challenging to care for - with a lifespan of up to 21 years!"

Markhor

Less than 2,500 left in the wild!

Marmot

A marmot spends 80% of its life below ground

Marsh Frog

Has bright green skin!

Masked Palm Civet

Found throughout Asia, India and China!

Mayfly

There are 2,500 known species worldwide!

Mealybug

They have a symbiotic relationship with ants.

Mekong Giant Catfish

The Mekong giant catfish is the largest purely freshwater fish in the world

Milkfish

Females lay up to 5 million eggs at one time in warm, shallow and salty waters

Millipede

Some species have a poisonous bite!

Mole

Primarily hunts and feeds on Earthworms!

Mole Cricket

Adult Mole crickets may fly as far as 5 miles during mating season and are active most of the year.

Monarch Butterfly

During migration, Monarch Butterflies may travel 250 or more miles each day.

Mongoose

Range in size from just 1 to 3 foot!

Mongrel

Has characteristics of two or more breeds!

Monitor Lizard

Some species are thought to carry a weak venom!

Monkey

There are around 260 known species!

Monocled Cobra

The monocled cobra is responsible for the highest fatality rate of any snake in all of Thailand.

Moorhen

Feeds on aquatic insects and water-spiders!

Mosquito

Only the female mosquito actually sucks blood

Moth

There are 250,000 different species!

Mouse

Found on every continent on Earth!

Mule

The offspring of a horse and donkey parents!

Muntjac

The muntjac is the smallest type of deer in the world

Muskrat

The muskrat can stay underwater up to 17 minutes at a time

Myna Bird

For a nice price, the mynah bird makes a good pet.

Neanderthal

Roamed Asia and Europe for around 100,000 years!

Needlefish

no stomach to digest food

Neptune Grouper

The largest recorded specimen ever caught was 17" long

Newt

Able to regrow lost or damaged limbs!

Nicobar pigeon

Unlike other pigeons, Nicobar pigeons don't fly in haphazard flocks but in columns or single file.

Night Heron

When they feel threatened juvenile night herons vomit their stomach contents.

Nightingale

Named more than 1,000 years ago!

Nilgai

Nilgai were hunted for their meat as far back as 8,000 years ago.

No See Ums

There are more than 5,000 species.

Orang-utan

Shares 97% of its DNA with humans!

Orb Weaver

Females are about four times the size of males

Ortolan Bunting

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.

Otter

There are 13 different species worldwide

Oviraptor

Oviraptor means "egg thief" or "egg seizer," though they were quite protective of their own eggs.

Owl

The owl can rotate its head some 270 degrees

Paddlefish

Paddlefish have existed since the Cretaceous Period

Pangolin

Bad eyesight, but great sense of smell

Paradise Flying Snake

Paradise Flying Snakes can glide over 100 yards!

Parakeet

Monk parakeets are the only parakeets that actually build nests. They’re also the only parakeets to nest in great colonies.

Parrot

Can live for up to 100 years!

Peacock

Most commonly found on the Indian mainland!

Peacock Butterfly

The eyespots on this butterfly’s wings deter predators from attacking.

Peacock Spider

They can jump up to 10 centimeters (40 times their body size) and see the full rainbow spectrum of light, including UV.

Pekingese

Thought to be over 2,000 years old!

Pere Davids Deer

Has webbing between its toes, aiding in swimming!

Peregrine Falcon

Fastest animal on Earth

Persian

Thought to have originated in the Middle East!

Pheasant

Females lay between 8 and 12 eggs per clutch!

Philippine Cobra

Philippine cobra is a highly venomous species of spitting cobra.

Pig

Thought to have been domesticated in 9,000 BC!

Pigeon

They can find their way back to their nests from up to 1300 miles away.

Pika

Found in mountainous regions and rocky areas

Pike Fish

Apex freshwater predators with fearsome teeth!

Pine Marten

A pine marten can jump from tree to tree similar to a squirrel.

Pipe Snake

Some of these snakes flatten their neck and raise their heads to imitate cobras if they’re threatened.

Platinum Arowana

The male broods the eggs and baby fish in his mouth.

Polecat

They can run at a speed of 15mph

Pond Skater

There are 500 different species!

Porcupine

There are 30 different species worldwide!

Praying Mantis

The mantis can turn its head 180 degrees.

Proboscis Monkey

Natively found on the island of Borneo!

Psittacosaurus

These parrot-headed dinosaurs had beaks and feather-like quills on their tails!

Pug

Fun and sociable, yet stubborn!

Purple Emperor Butterfly

Inhabits deciduous forests!

Quail

Inhabits woodland and forest areas worldwide!

Rabbit

There are more than 50 different species!

Raccoon Dog

The only hibernating canine!

Rainbow Shark

The rainbow shark has been genetically modified to glow in the dark

Rat

Omnivores that eat anything!

Rat Snakes

Rat snakes are constrictors from the Colubridae family of snakes.

Red-Eared Slider

Sliders spend lots of time basking in the sun. As cold-blooded animals, they need the sun to heat up.

Red Fox

The red fox actually has many different variations of fur, including silver and brown.

Red-Headed Vulture

Not exclusively carrion eaters, these birds are also opportunistic hunters

Red Kite

This bird moves its tail to steer its body like a rudder on a boat.

Red Panda

There are less than 3,000 left in the wild!

Redback Spider

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.

Rhinoceros

It's horns are made from keratin!

Rhombic Egg-Eater Snake

When birds aren't nesting, these snakes fast

Ribbon Eel

Can fit its body into a tiny crevice of a reef

River Turtle

Inhabits freshwater habitats around the world!

Robin

There are more than 45 species in Australia alone!

Rock Hyrax

Actually related to Elephants and Manatees!

Rodents

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.

Roe Deer

The roe is one of the most popular game animals in Europe

Rooster

Will mate with the entire flock!

Russian Tortoise

Known by at least five different names

Sable

Their fur has been considered a luxury item since the Middle Ages

Sable Ferret

Ferrets were used during the Revolutionary War to keep down the rat population.

Saiga

Large noses help filter out dust

Salamander

There are more than 700 different species!

Saluki

The Saluki is one of the fastest dog breeds in the world.

Sambar

Male sambars will compete for mates by clashing together with their antlers

Sand Crab

The sand crab burrows beneath the sand with its tail

Sand Lizard

Males turn green in spring!

Saola

Only known to science since 1992!

Sauropoda

Newly hatched sauropods weighted less than 11 pounds and put on 2 tons of weight a year!

Scorpion

There are around 2,000 known species!

Sea Eagle

The sea eagle tends to mate for life with a single partner

Seagull

Some gulls are capable of using tools

Seahorse

Males give birth to up to 1,000 offspring!

Sheep

Around 35 million in the English countryside!

Shiba Inu

Shiba Inus are one of six native dog breeds from Japan.

Shih Tzu

Can live for up to 15 years!

Shrew

The spinal column of the shrew Scutisorex somereni is so strong and reinforced that it can support the weight of an adult human.

Shrimp

There are 2,000 different species worldwide!

Siamese

Originated from temple cats in Thailand!

Betta Fish (Siamese Fighting Fish)

Can live in low-oxygen environments!

Siberian Ibex

There’s a population of Siberian ibex in New Mexico

Siberian Tiger

Also known as the Amur tiger!

Silkie Chicken

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

Sinosauropteryx were prominent in the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods.

Skink Lizard

Some skinks lay eggs in some habitats while giving birth to skinklets in other habitats.

Skunk

Also known as the Polecat!

Slow Worm

Found widely throughout British gardens!

Slug

They glide around on one foot, which is aided by the slime they produce

Smokybrown Cockroach

Has up to 45 eggs per egg case

Snail

There are nearly 1,000 different species!

Snake

There are around 3,000 known species worldwide

Snow Leopard

Unlike other big cats, snow leopards don’t roar.

Song Thrush

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.

South China Tiger

There are less than 20 in the wild!

Sparrow

There are 140 different species!

Sparrowhawk

The sparrowhawk is named after the fact that it hunts down and consumes sparrows

Spider-Tailed Horned Viper

They like to hide in crevices on the sides of cliffs, waiting for prey.

Spider Wasp

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

Spiny Hill Turtle

The shell serves as both a defense and camouflage!

Spitting Cobra

Spitting cobras are types of cobras that can spit venom at predators and prey.

Spotted Lanternfly

The spotted lanternfly is often confused for a moth, but it’s actually a type of planthopper

Squirrel

Small rodents found in woodlands worldwide!

Sri Lankan Elephant

Now restricted to a few parks!

Steelhead Salmon

Steelhead live in freshwater rivers and streams for 1 to 2 years before migrating into the ocean

Stick Insect

There are more than 3,000 different species!

Stiletto Snake

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.

Stoat

Average adults weigh about 200 grams!

Stork

They can’t sing like other birds.

Striped Hyena

The striped hyenas usually mark their territories with the help of the scent gland secretions from their anal pouch.

Sugar Glider

Can glide for over 100 feet before touching the ground

Sumatran Elephant

Less than 2,000 left in the wild!

Sumatran Orang-utan

Known to make mental maps of the forest!

Sumatran Rhinoceros

The smallest species of rhino!

Sumatran Tiger

The smallest species of tiger!

Sun Bear

The smallest species of bear in the world!

Sunbeam Snake

Sunbeam snakes have two lungs instead of just a single lung like most snake species.

Swai Fish

The edges of an iridescent shark's fins have a signature glow

Swan

Populations have been affected by pollution!

Syrian Hamster

Can get used to and respond to human voice

Takin

The takin can leap some 6 feet through the air

Tapanuli Orang-utan

Inhabits an isolated mountain range in northwestern Sumatra!

Tapir

Most closely related to horses and rhinos!

Tarantula Hawk

Tarantula hawks are excellent pollinators, especially for milkweed.

Tarsier

Each eye weighs more than their whole brain!

Tawny Owl

The most widespread owl in Europe!

Teddy Bear Hamster

The oldest recorded teddy bear hamster was six and a half.

Termite

Their mounds can be up to 9 meters tall!

Thai Ridgeback

In their native Thailand, Thai Ridgebacks were used to hunt cobras.

Thrush

The American robin is called the robin because its red breast reminded European settlers of the robin back in the old country.

Tibetan Fox

Tibetan foxes are not territorial and will share a hunting ground with other mated pairs.

Tibetan Mastiff

Originally bred in the Himalayan mountains!

Tibetan Spaniel

Originally bred to be a companion dog in Tibetan Buddhist lamaseries.

Tibetan Terrier

Tibetan terriers have round, flat, “snow shoe” feet that evolved to give them traction on snowy Himalayan paths

Tick

They inject hosts with a chemical that stops them from feeling the pain of the bite

Tiger

The largest feline in the world!

Tiger Beetle

The adult tiger beetle is one of the fastest land insects in the world

Tiger Moth

The bright colors of this moth are a signal to predators that it has a terrible taste.

Tire Track Eel

They like to burrow into aquarium sand.

Tortoise

Can live until they are more than 150 years old!

Tree Frog

Found in warmer jungles and forests!

Treecreeper

Their tailfeathers help them maintain their balance on a tree trunk

Trout

They don’t have scales for their first month of life!

Turtles

Some species of aquatic turtles can get up to 70 percent of their oxygen through their butt.

Uguisu

Their guano is used in face creams!

Uintatherium

The Uintatherium was an exceptionally large and exceptionally ugly ungulate that lived during the Eocene epoch

Ural owl

The Ural owl can rotate its head up to 270 degrees

Vine Snake

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

Vinegaroon

Vinegaroons can spray 19 times before the glands are depleted

Vulture

There are 30 different species worldwide!

Walking Catfish

The walking catfish can move on land while breathing air

Wasp

There are around 75,000 recognised species!

Water Buffalo

Has been domesticated for thousands of years!

Water Dragon

Spends most of it's time in the trees!

Weasel

The smallest carnivorous mammal in the world!

Weaver Bird

The weaver constructs an elaborate nest for the breeding season

Whimbrel

The fastidious whimbrel sometimes washes off its prey before it eats it.


White Butterfly

This butterfly determines the smell and taste of a flower with its feet.

White Ferret / Albino Ferrets

There are two different types of white ferrets!

White-Tailed Eagle

It is one of the biggest birds of prey.

White Tiger

None have been seen in the wild for 50 years!

Wild Boar

Males have a top tusk to sharpen the bottom one!

Wolf

Thought to date back more than 300,000 years!

Wolf Snake

Harmless, but with fangs like a wolf.

Wolf Spider

Carnivorous arachnid that hunts its prey.

Wood Turtle

Temperature determines the sex of turtle eggs

Woodlouse

This animal can roll up into a ball

Woodlouse Spider

Unlike most spiders, woodlouse spiders don’t build a web.

Woodpecker

There are 200 different species!

Woolly Rhinoceros

The woolly rhinoceros roamed the earth between three and a half million and 14,000 years ago.

Worm

Doesn’t have eyes.

Yak

There are only a few left in the wild!

Zebra Finch

The male zebra finch creates a unique song by drawing inspiration from its parent or tutor

Zebu

There are around 75 different species!

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.