Asia is the largest continent on Earth. The majority of the vast continent is located in the Northern and Eastern Hemispheres. Japan, China and India are three of the many countries that can be found there.
Asia is also the continent with the most humans living there. China and India have over 1 Billion people each!
Because Asia is so large, there is a wide variety of terrains and biomes for different animals to live in. There are deserts in the Middle East, mountainous regions in Mongolia, and thick jungles in Southeast Asia.
Each of these regions is home to different types of wildlife. Some animals that live in Asia include bactrian camels, sumatran orangutans, water buffalos and pythons. Several others are listed below, and are just a few of the many animals that live on this large and amazing continent.
Amur Tiger - The Amur Tiger, more commonly known as the Siberian Tiger, is the largest tiger, and the largest cat in the world. It lives in Eastern Russia, Northern China and Northern parts of North Korea.
Asian Elephant - The Asian Elephant is one of two species of elephant in the world. It is slightly smaller than its cousin, the African Elephant. Asian Elephants live in forests and rainforests of India and other countries of Southeast Asia.
Binturong - Binturongs are mammals with a unique appearance. They look like a cross between a bear and a raccoon, but are acutally most closely related to civets. They live in the forests of Southeast Asia, where they eat insects and small vertebrates.
Giant Panda - Giant pandas live in mountainous regions of Central and Southern-Central China. They eat mostly plants and vegetation, but will also eat insects and small animals on occasion. They are extremely well known for eating bamboo, and their cuddly appearance.
King Cobra - King Cobras live in thick forests in Southeast Asia. They are venomous, and famous for "dancing" with snake charmers. They are also famous for their hoods that open when they are threatened by other predators.
Lion-Tailed Macaque - Lion-Tailed Macaques are primates that are only found in Southwestern India, in the Western Ghats mountain range. They eat a variety of fruits, nuts and insects. They spend most of their lives in trees, and are endangered due to habitat loss and hunting.
Red panda - Red pandas live at higher elevations in the Himalayan mountain range, and feed on bamboo, insects and other smaller animals. They have reddish fur and a striped bushy tail that is similar to raccoons' tails.
Reticulated Python - These are the longest snakes in the world, and sometimes measure over 30 Feet in length. They are constrictors, and are capable of eating large prey like deer and even on rare occasions, humans.