15 Unique Animals You Won’t Believe Actually Exist in India

India is one of the hottest biodiversity hot spot in the world and home to some of the most amazing and unique species of wild animals. The bio geographic region of Western ghat, Eastern Ghat,North East Region and Himalaya are best places in the world to spot majestic creatures like bear macaque,Tibetan Antelope,Red Panda,Lion Tailed Macaque,Brow-antlered Deer,Golden Langur and White-winged Duck.

Slender Loris

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Nocturnal slender loris are native to Indian subcontinent and one of the species of primate with excellent night vision. These nocturnal and arboreal species of primate prefers rain forests with dense canopies but its habitat has been seriously degraded.

Purple Frog

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Indian Purple Frog is one of the most endangered frog species found in the Western Ghats in India. This Pignose frog colorful amphibian is discovered in 2003 to the world but was already well known to the local people.

Dugong

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Dugong is one of four living species of the order Sirenia,Found in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and is the state animal of this union territory. This medium-sized marine mammal has been hunted for years for its meat and skin oil.

Pygmy Hog

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This critically endangered suid is the smallest and most highly specialized member of the wild pig family in India. Pygmy hog found in the foothill plains of the Himalaya in India and one of the species of wild animals that will mostly likely to go Extinct in next 10 years.

Red Goral

Red goral is a even-toed ungulate from the family of Bovidae,found at higher elevations and mountainous areas of Himalayas. The red goral is a commonly hunted animal and this species number is unknown in India due to the restricted range.

Flying Squirrel

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Flying squirrel is one of the species nocturnal and arboreal squirrel, found in India and Asia. Indian giant flying squirrel found in the rain-forest of southern Western Ghats,Namdapha flying squirrel is endemic to Arunachal Pradesh of India.

Caracal

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Caracal is one of the species of wild cats found in India and is the heaviest and fastest of all small cats. The caracal is widely distributed in dry forest of India used for bird hunting but now approaching extinction in India.

Vampire Bat

Vampire bat of India is belongs to Megadermatidae family and are the only mammals that feed on blood,bats,reptiles, and fish, and large insects. This species of bats are also known as Indian false vampire bat and related to the Lesser false vampire bat.

Chevrotain

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Mouse-deer also known as Indian Chevrotain is smallest member of deer family in India. Indian Spotted Chevrotain is nocturnal animal lives in rainforests and commonly seen in a forest areas along the Western and Eastern Ghats.

Phayre’s Leaf Monkey

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Phayre’s leaf monkey is one of the species of lutung or langur only found in northeastern region of Assam, Mizoram, and Tripura. Phayre’s langur is the state animal of Tripura and one of the eight species of primates found in northeastern region of India.

Chrysopelea

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Flying snakes are called as Chrysopelea, a species of snake found in southeastern Asia and belongs to the family Colubridae. Chrysopelea snakes are are mildly venomous and one of the species of flying snake in India.

Nicobar Pigeon

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Nicobar Pigeon is one of the most beautiful of the pigeon species found on small islands of the Nicobar Islands in India. This species of Pigeon classified as Near Threatened because the breeding range encompasses the Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India only.

Gooty Tarantula

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Poecilotheria Metallica or Gooty Sapphire Ornamental tarantula spider is one of the species of tarantula spider found in south India. Gooty Sapphire Ornamental Tree Spiders is brilliant metallic blue colour Tarantula found only in a small area of deciduous forest in Andhra Pradesh.

Desert Jird

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Indian desert jird is a species of jird found mainly in Thar Desert area of Rajasthan and Gujarat. Meriones hurrianae found in pure sand dunes or rocky outcrops and feed on seeds, roots, nuts, grasses and insects.

Hoolock Gibbon

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Hoolock Gibbon is the only tribe of apes inhabiting the country and the most endangered species of primates found in northeastern region of India. The Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary in Assam is the only home of India’s nocturnal primate and India’s only gibbons – the hoolock gibbons.