The Flora & Fauna
Irian jaya may have the richest wildlife and concentration of plant life in all of Indonesia, or perhaps the world. No others islands in the archipelago can match its various kind of bird, including birds of paradise, parrot families, pigeons and flightless cassowary.
Irian jaya is also home150 species of lizards , 30, 000 beetles, 200 frog and 800 spiders. A high percentage of Irian jaya's 100 snake spices are poisonous, including all 17 spices of sea- snakes. One of the most beautiful reptiles is the green tree python ,a harmless creature with jewel like markings. there are altogether some 2,700 species of orchids found in Irian jaya, 600 species that are medicinal importance and over 124 endemic genera.
The lush vegetation of Irian jaya is in fast a deceptive cover over poor soils badly leached by heavy rains and containing no rich volcanic material. Mangroves and nipa palm ensnare the brackish estuaries of the coast.
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