Indian Elephant

The Asian elephant is one of three species in the order Proboscidea, the others being the Savanna elephant and the Forest elephant.

The Indian elephant (Elephas maximus indicus) is a one of three subspecies or races of the Asian elephant ”Elephas maximus”. The other two subspecies of the Asian elephant are E. m. sumatranus on Sumatra and E. m. maximus on Sri Lanka. The Indian elephant for example, is larger, has longer front legs and a thinner body than the Asian elephant found in Thailand.

Through adaptive radiation, elephants until the Pleistocene Era (2 million years ago) had spread throughout the world except for Australia, New Zealand and Antarctica. Their sheer size was a factor in allowing this wide radiation and they could be found in a wide variety of habitats from desert to high mountain forest areas.

The Asian elephant is one of three species in the order Proboscidea, the others being the Savanna elephant and the Forest elephant.

The Indian elephant (Elephas maximus indicus) is a one of three subspecies or races of the Asian elephant ”Elephas maximus”. The other two subspecies of the Asian elephant are E. m. sumatranus on Sumatra and E. m. maximus on Sri Lanka. The Indian elephant for example, is larger, has longer front legs and a thinner body than the Asian elephant found in Thailand.

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