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Sri Lankan Elephant Elephas maximus maximus
2014-04-11 10:52:49

The Sri Lankan elephant (Elephas maximus maximus) is a subspecies of the Asian elephant that can be found in Sri Lanka. This species resides in lowland dry zone habitats in eastern, southeastern, and northern areas of Sri Lanka. It reaches an average height between 6.6 and 11 feet at the shoulders and weight between 4,400 and 12,000 pounds. It is darker in color than the other two subspecies of...

Purple Faced Langur Trachypithecus vetulus
2014-04-11 10:26:51

The purple-faced langur or purple-faced leaf monkey (Trachypithecus vetulus) is a species of Old World monkey that can be found in Sri Lanka. It prefers to reside in mountainous areas in southwestern regions of this range, in habitats known as wet zones. It can be found in the canopies of dense forests at low elevations. This species holds four subspecies including the western purple-faced...

Sri Lanka Cinnamon Cinnamomum verum
2014-02-09 09:22:38

Cinnamomum verum is an evergreen tree species. The plant may also be commonly referred to as True cinnamon, Ceylon cinnamon, or Sri Lanka cinnamon. C. verum belongs to the Lauraceae family. This small tree is popular because its inner bark is used to make the common spice cinnamon.  A large majority of plants grow in Sri Lanka; however it is cultivated for commercial purposes in other regions....

Sri Lanka cat snake Boiga ceylonensis
2013-10-14 14:36:42

The Sri Lanka cat snake (Boiga ceylonensis) can be found in Sri Lanka and throughout the mountain ranges along the Western side of India, the Western Ghats. A member of the Colubridae family, this species is mildly venomous and bites rarely cause any issues other than some local swelling. The species has a fairly aggressive disposition and is known to strike out and bite when in danger or feels...

Sri Lankan Leopard Panthera pardus kotiya
2012-12-10 12:05:00

The Sri Lankan leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) is a subspecies of the leopard that is native to Sri Lanka. The range of this subspecies is highly fragmented, but in some areas, it does occur in high numbers. It prefers many types of habitats including rainforests, arid scrublands, evergreen monsoon forests, upper and lowland forests, and damp forests. The Sri Lankan leopard differs in size...

Golden Palm Civet Paradoxurus zeylonensis
2012-12-10 12:00:05

The golden palm civet (Paradoxurus zeylonensis) is a small mammal that can be found in Sri Lanka. Its range is fragmented into separate areas, including the Sinharaja Forest area, Uda Walawe National Park, and Wasgomuwa and Yala National Parks. It prefers a habitat in evergreen, monsoon, and lowland forests. The coat of this civet is dark brown to brownish gold in color. Although there is not...

Ruddy Mongoose Herpestes smithii
2012-11-07 14:31:45

The ruddy mongoose (Herpestes smithii) is native to Sri Lanka and India. It prefers a habitat within forested areas, but can sometimes be found in open fields. It holds two subspecies throughout its range, with one occurring in Sri Lanka and the other occurring in India. This species resembles the Indian gray mongoose, although it is larger and has a longer, black tipped tail. As is similar to...

2012-06-15 05:19:48

Symbol: LIROW Group: Dicot Family: Oleaceae Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular plants Superdivision   Spermatophyta – Seed plants Division   Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants Class   Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons Subclass   Asteridae Order  ...

Plum-headed Parakeet
2009-04-07 18:26:21

The Plum-headed Parakeet (Psittacula cyanocephala) is a species of bird that is found in Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. It is native to the Indian subcontinent. This bird's natural habitat is forest and open woodland. Though not exploited heavily, aviculture is taking its toll on local populations of this species across most of its range. Population is reduced in urban areas and...

Lotens Sunbird
2008-08-15 21:58:28

The Loten's Sunbird (Cinnyris lotenius), also known as the Long-billed Sunbird, is one of a group of very small Old World passerine birds which feed largely on nectar. Sunbirds will also take insects, especially when feeding young and Loten's Sunbird is possibly more insectivorous than other sympatric species. Their flight is fast and direct on their short wings. Loten's Sunbird is a resident...

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