The Plants and Animals of Thailand

The geography and climate of Thailand has a direct effect on the types of plants, flowers and animals that can be found in the country. Monsoon forests, rain forests and freshwater swamp forests can all be found, and each houses a unique variety of trees. Thailand’s national flower is the orchid, as it flourishes throughout the country. As for animals and insects, there are over 6000 species of insects in Thailand, included in which is the silk worm. This insect has contributed greatly to the country’s popularity in the silk trade. In this video, WatchMojo.com takes a look at the flora and fauna found in Thailand.
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The climate and geography of Thailand have a notable impact on the flora and fauna of the country. Thailand is home to both monsoon forests and rainforests. The monsoon forests are full of deciduous trees, which tend to lose their leaves during the country’s dry season. The rainforests, which in this case consist mainly of evergreens, make-up roughly half of the country’s forested area. In addition to these types of forests, Thailand also showcases freshwater swamp forests near some river deltas, and some pine forests in the north. There are over 27,000 flowering species native to Thailand. The country’s national flower is the orchid, as it flourishes throughout the country. February is the best time to view this country’s diverse floral world.

Birdlife in Thailand is particularly plentiful, as about 10 per cent of the world’s bird population lives in this country. Thailand’s national parks and wildlife sanctuaries are home to most of the country’s indigenous mammals. In fact, 40 of Thailand’s 300 indigenous mammals are on the list of endangered species. Tigers, leopards, and water buffalo can all be found in Thailand. Elephants are also plentiful, and usually used as working animals. Reptiles and amphibians are also abundant, with over 50 varieties of snakes living in the country – several of which being poisonous. There are over 6000 species of insects in Thailand, included in which is the silk worm. This insect has contributed greatly to the country’s popularity in the silk trade.

With almost 1000 bird species, and an exotic plant and animal population, Thailand is a great destination for nature lovers.
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