rainforests are, like the Indian ones, found on the eastern coast of
the country. These forests contain leopards, monkeys, porcupines,
mongooses, ant eaters and Asian Elephants. Birds include parrots,
parakeets, kingfishers, hornbills, woodpeckers, bee-eaters, spoonbills,
herons and storks.
rainforests contain large isolated bamboo stands, but also plants like
hibiscus, palms, teak and orchids. There are also about 1000 species of
birds; and 2000 tigers and 10,000 Asian Elephants.
rainforests contain hardwoods, bamboos, and about 27,000 species of
flowering plants. Its 300 mammal species include elephants, leopards,
macaques, dusky langurs, gibbons, Malayan tapirs, Malayan sun bears,
gaurs, pangolins, deers, bantengs, and Asiatic Black Bears. The 1000
bird species include woodpeckers and exotic hornbills. There
also 107 species of amphibians and 313 species of reptiles, including
black jungle monitors, lizards, geckoes, and snakes such as banded
pit vipers, green
cobras, common cobras,
Malayan vipers, and the world largest python - Reticulated python (Python reticulates),
which can grow 15m long.
Laos, Cambodja, Vietnam
contain some lush jungles with black monitor lizards, Malayan vipers,
pandas, civet cats, Malayan bears, Sumatran rhinos, buffaloes, gibbons
and small leaping tarsirs.
Sumatra Island is
covered by some dense rainforest with rhododendrons, eucalypts, laurels
and oaks. Other Indonesia's islands, and also Philippines,
contain crested monkeys, macaques, marmosets; and birds like
bee-eaters, barbets, giant and red casques hornbills, and black and
philippine eagles. There are also some giant butterfiles such as superb
swallowtails, blue triangle butterflies, and goliath birdwing with a
wingspan of 28cm - the second-largest butterfly in the world. Reptiles
include tree snakes, like white-lipped tree viper and long-nosed tree
viper; and some stranger creatures include flying geckos, flying
lizards, flying dragons, and flying snakes (Chrysopelea sp).
about 15,000 species of flowering plants, pitcher plants, ericaceous
plants, chestnut trees, and many oaks. Flowering plants include lady's
slipper orchid, and Rafflesia - the world's largest flower, which can
grow up to 1m across. It is a parasitic plant and it smells like rotten
meat to attract flies which pollinate it. Animals include clouded
leopards, proboscis monkeys, gibbons, rhinos, Asian elephants, and the
large Malayan Flying Fox (Pteropus
vampyrus), with its 1.5m wingspan.
And of course, the Bornean orangutan (Pongo
the largest tree-living mammal in the world.
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