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Animals in India
So many animals are native to India that volumes could be written about them. Perhaps the most famous is the now rare and endangered Bengal tiger. The Bengal tiger is, infact, India's national animal.

The standard Bengal tiger is an orange animal with the iconic black stripes over its body, though some strains are white -- though not albino -- while others are black. Males are larger than females and can grow to ten feet long and weigh close to 500 pounds, while females can grow to 8.6 feet long and can be over 300 pounds. Tigers, like most cats, are solitary and have their own territories. Bengal tigers are predators who will take whatever size prey they can handle, including grown elephants and rhinos. An old or sick tiger might even turn to humans, as an unarmed human is fairly easy to kill and eat.

The gharial is an endangered crocodile known for its very long, thin jaws that end in a ball in the males, which they use as a resonating chamber when they call. The Indian word for this ball is ghara, which means pot. Gharials grow between 10 and 16 feet long and sometimes weigh about 1,500 pounds. Its narrow teeth, up to 55 of them, interlock. Though the gharial is very agile when in water, on land it can only drag itself forward. It eats fish almost exclusively. Gharials mate in the late fall and winter and the female lays her eggs on land the following spring. Despite its size, the gharial doesn't eat human beings.

The
Indian muntjac
Indian muntjac is a tiny, omnivorous deer that lives in the Indian rain forests. The males have little antlers and canine teeth that are modified into tusks. It stands about 1.3 to 2.1 feet at the shoulder, can be from three to four feet long and weighs about 31 to 77 pounds. The muntjac's also called the barking deer because of the alarm sound it makes when a predator is nearby. Like the tiger, the muntjac's a solitary animal and defends a home territory.


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Even-toed ungulates in India
Blackbuck
Barasingha
Chinkara
Brow-antlered deer
Goa
Bharal
Argali
Nilgiri tahr
Himalayan tahr
Chiru
Wild boar
Banteng
Chevrotain
Gaur
Chital
Elk
Wild yak
Sambar
Nilgai
Indian muntjac
Red goral
Asian buffalo
Goral
Takin
Chousingha
Alpine musk deer
Pygmy hog
Black musk deer
Gongshan muntjac
Markhor
Carnivores in India
Hog badger
Jungle cat
Chinese ferret-badger
Ounce
Burmese ferret-badger
Asiatic black bear
African caracal
Honey badger
Asiatic golden cat
Yellow-throated marten
Malabar civet
Leopard cat
Yellow-bellied weasel
Bengal fox
Rusty-spotted cat
Siberian weasel
Corsac fox
Fishing cat
Brown bear
Sand fox
Bearcat
Cross fox
Small-toothed palm civet
Ermine
Common otter
Gem-faced civet
Pallas's cat
Indian smooth-coated otter
Asian palm civet
Bengal mongoose
Eurasian lynx
Spotted linsang
Back-striped weasel
Asiatic wild dog
Large indian civet
Malayan sun bear
Small indian civet
African lion
Leopard
Tiger
Brown palm civet
Marbled cat
Nilgiri marten
Clouded leopard
Indian grey mongoose
Cheetah
Asiatic jackal
Lesser panda
Javan mongoose
Arctic wolf
Sloth bear
Striped hyaena
Ruddy mongoose
Crab-eating mongoose
Wild cat
Stripe-necked mongoose
Dolphins, porpoises, and whales in India
Ginkgo-toothed beaked whale
Pygmy sperm whale
Common minke whale
Fraser's dolphin
Coalfish whale
Pacific pilot whale
Irrawaddy dolphin
Blue whale
Killer whale
Common rorqual
False killer whale
Grey dolphin
Blind river dolphin
Melon-headed whale
Chinese white dolphin
Bridled dolphin
Euphrosyne dolphin
Long-beaked dolphin
Black finless porpoise
Rough-toothed dolphin
Bunch
Bottle-nosed dolphin
Blainville's beaked whale
Pygmy killer whale
Bats in India
Javan pipistrelle
Greater bamboo bat
Peter's tube-nosed bat
Naked-rumped tomb bat
Blyth's horseshoe bat
Woolly horseshoe bat
Mount popa pipistrelle
Hutton's tube-nosed bat
Big-eared horseshoe bat
Least pipistrelle
Great evening bat
Lesser noctule
Scully's tube-nosed bat
Mitred horseshoe bat
Hardwicke's woolly bat
Noctule
Gray big-eared bat
Papillose woolly bat
Mountain noctule
Least horseshoe bat
Wrinkle-lipped free-tailed bat
Little nepalese horseshoe bat
Trefoil horseshoe bat
Salim ali's fruit bat
Dobson's horseshoe bat
Lesser mouse-tailed bat
Greater mouse-tailed bat
Nicobar flying fox
Wroughton's free-tailed bat
Indian flying-fox
Hairy-winged bat
Asian barbastelle
Leschenault's rousette
Black-eared flying fox
Whiskered bat
Lesser dog-faced fruit bat
Naked-rumped pouched bat
Hairy-faced bat
Greater short-nosed fruit bat
Desert yellow bat
Lesser large-footed bat
Harlequin bat
Tickell's bat
Horsfield's bat
Greater asiatic yellow bat
Great roundleaf bat
Kashmir cave bat
Lesser asiatic yellow bat
Dusky roundleaf bat
Burmese whiskered bat
Greater long-tongued fruit bat
Ashy roundleaf bat
Whiskered myotis
Fulvus roundleaf bat
Mandelli's mouse-eared bat
Cantor's roundleaf bat
Himalayan whiskered bat
Egyptian tomb bat
Blanford's fruit bat
Theobald's tomb bat
Indian roundleaf bat
Greater false vampire bat
Intermediat roundleaf bat
Western bent-winged bat
Lesser false vampire bat
Pomona roundleaf bat
Small bent-winged bat
Lesser dawn bat
Common pipistrelle
Ratanaworabhan's fruit bat
Split roundleaf bat
Thick-eared bat
Schneider's leaf-nosed bat
Kuhl's pipistrelle
Sombre bat
Egyptian free-tailed bat
Greater horseshoe bat
Kelaart's pipistrelle
Lesser horseshoe bat
Indian pipistrelle
Little tube-nosed bat
Long-winged tomb bat
Intermediat horseshoe bat
Lesser bamboo bat
Round-eared tube-nosed bat
Black-bearded tomb bat
Andaman horseshoe bat
Hares, pikas, and rabbits in India
Assam rabbit
Forrest's pika
Nubra pika
Black-lipped pika
Ladak pika
Large-eared pika
Royle's pika
Moupin pika
Indian hare
Woolly hare
Horses, rhinoceroses, and tapirs in India
Sumatran rhinoceros
Javan rhinoceros
Great indian rhinoceros
Asian wild ass
Kiang
Pangolins in India
Indian pangolin
Chinese pangolin
Primates in India
Slow loris
Bear macaque
Assam macaque
Crab-eating macaque
Rhesus macaque
Bonnet macaque
Lion-tailed macaque
Common langur
Gee's golden langur
Dusky leaf monkey
Bonneted langur
Elephants in India
Asian elephant
Rodents in India
Malayan porcupine
Layard's palm squirrel
White-bellied rat
Stoliczka's mountain vole
Eurasian harvest mouse
Indian crested porcupine
Indian palm squirrel
Tenasserim white-bellied rat
Strachey's mountain vole
Blyth's vole
Northern palm squirrel
South china field mouse
Malabar spiny dormouse
Sikkim vole
Dusky palm squirrel
Asiatic long-tailed climbing mouse
Little indian field mouse
Kashmir field mouse
Sand-colored soft-furred rat
Jungle palm squirrel
Fawn-colored mouse
Ward's field mouse
Cook's mouse
Asiatic brush-tailed porcupine
Indian hairy-footed gerbil
Servant mouse
Pencil-tailed tree mouse
Baluchistan gerbil
Gairdner's shrewmouse
Phillips's mouse
Blanford's rat
Edwards's long-tailed giant rat
Indian bush rat
Flat-haired mouse
Cutch rat
Rock-loving mouse
Elvira rat
Lesser bandicoot rat
Manipur bush rat
Earth-colored mouse
Tibetan dwarf hamster
Greater bandicoot rat
Hoary bamboo rat
Hairy-footed flying squirrel
Nonsense rat
Bower's white-toothed rat
Himalayan field rat
Millard's rat
Kenneth's white-toothed rat
Palm rat
Manipur white-toothed rat
Kerala rat
Namdapha flying squirrel
House rat
Crump's mouse
Sikkim rat
Orange-bellied himalayan squirrel
Chinese birch mouse
Andaman rat
Perny's long-nosed squirrel
Tanezumi rat
Spotted giant flying squirrel
Kondana soft-furred rat
Asian red-cheeked squirrel
Turkestan rat
Long-tailed marmot
Hodgson's giant flying squirrel
Soft-furred rat
Black giant squirrel
Himalayan marmot
Bhutan giant flying squirrel
Indian gerbil
Indian giant squirrel
Red giant flying squirrel
Pallas's squirrel
Grizzled giant squirrel
Indian giant flying squirrel
Irrawaddy squirrel
Travancore flying squirrel
Short-tailed bandicoot rat
Brahma white-bellied rat
White-tailed mountain vole
Smoke-bellied rat
Lesser bamboo rat
Himalayan striped squirrel
Silver mountain vole
Indian desert jird
Particolored flying squirrel
Chestnut white-bellied rat
Central kashmir vole
True's vole
Lang bian white-bellied rat
Woolly flying squirrel
Royle's mountain vole
Tree shrews in India
Madras tree shrew
Northern tree shrew
Nicobar tree shrew
Dugongs, manatees, and sea cows in India
Dugong
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