Animals of Forest

Most of Amami Oshima consists of hilly forest regions. They are home to scores of endemic animals believed to be the descendants of animals that migrated when the Nansei Islands were connected to the continent. The Amami Rabbit, Lidith's jay, and Otton frog are among 29 reported endemic species on Amami Oshima. Venomous pit vipers also live here, and have served as gatekeepers that prevent intruders from entering the forest.