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Plants and Animals

Guyana has a vast array of grass and plant life native to the territory. Mangroves and various saltwater grasses occupy much of the coastline. The savanna behind the coast is scattered with palms. The remaining areas are generally occupied with dense rain forests.


The tapir is the country's largest land mammal, followed closely by the jaguar and ocelot. Monkeys and deer are the most common animals aside from birds and insects. Snakes, namely the giant anaconda, live in the marshy wetlands, but the bushmaster is certainly the most vicious of the snakes. The bird population in Guyana is immense and magnificent: the vulture, blue sacki, hummingbird and kingfisher are just a few of such examples.


Updated: 9 June 2008

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