13 March 2014

Japan: Random Facts About Japan’s Animal Life

Native primate: Japanese macaque

Largest snake: Japanese rat snake, 5 feet long and harmless

Famous amphimbian: A species of giant salamander lives in Kyushu and western Honshu. They can be 5 feet in length

Notorious insect: The Japanese beetle, which was accidently imported into the Americas in 1916. A swarm of Japanese beetles can strip a peach tree in 15 minutes, leaving only branches and pits.

(Text from Cultures of the World: Japan, Benchmark Books, 2002)