Uzbekistan is home to several beautiful as well as rare, species of mammals, reptiles, birds and insects. With amazing raw terrain that includes mountains, desserts and forests, Uzbekistan is rich in biodiversity, its natural reserves, oasis, woods and meadows make for great and comfortable habitats for the animals that live there. Along with this, the country's sunny weather all year round makes it a nature lover's favorite spot. With over 27000 species of plants and animals, Uzbekistan has for many decades attracted tourists, scientists and ecological experts. Uzbekistan's history shows that early settlers chose this area as home because they found plenty of hunting opportunities here. Cave paintings reveal that Uzbekistan has for many centuries been a home to many animals, which include carnivorous and herbivorous animals.
Among the wildlife that can be found in Uzbekistan, carnivores frequent the natural reserves and mountains. Leopards, tigers, arctic wolves, the African caracal
, the Jungle cat
, the Sand cat
, the Corsac fox
, the Wild cat
, the Cross fox, the Ermine
, the Striped hyena
, the Marbled polecat
, the Brown bear
, the Eurasian lynx
and the Cheetah
are just some of the wild animals that live in Uzbekistan. There are also many species of friendlier animals in Uzbekistan and these include birds, smaller mammals and fish. The green toad
, goats, mountain sheep, the pheasant, the cuckoo, the magpie, the jackal, the black crow, the southern nightingale and the Bukhara deer are among these and can often be seen in the various birch wood rich areas and lower mountainous regions of Uzbekistan.
There are more than 60 types of fish in the waters of Uzbekistan. Some of the native fish include the European perch, the Northern Pike, the Turkestan Sculpin
, the Scaled Osman, the Milkfish, the common Marinka
, the Aral trout
, the Wels catfish
and the Tibetian stone loach
. Several species of bats and rodents are also found in Uzbekistan but none is as popular as the Central Asian Cobra
, found in the Karshi dessert. Other venomous snakes include the Saygak and the four striped runner. Uzbekistan is a beautiful country, full of exotic and rare species as well as more common ones. Definitely an animal lovers paradise.