Okinawa Prefecture

Ryukyu Yama tortoise

Ryukyu Yama tortoise belongs to the Numagame family, and the body length is 16cm. A long time ago, it was distributed widely from China to Ryukyu, but only in the mountain district of Okinawa islands can it now be seen. It is considered to be a natural treasure to Okinawa. Bodily color is yellow brown all over, and the notch of the shell is a specific feature. It...

Ryukyu Green snake

Ryukyu Green snake belongs to Nami snake family, and total the length is 70cm to 80cm. It is known by the name of “Oonajaa” and the gentle snake looks ordinary. The trunk is cylindrical, and is a little thicker, and its tail is long. The back color of the body has much variation such as grayish yellow brown, or greenish-brown, or somber yellowish green. It has two to...

Sakishima-Sujio

Sakishima-Sujio belongs to the Nami snake family, and the total length of the body is 1.8m to 2.5m. It has a line pattern that is remarkable. And the name “Sujio”(Suji means Line). The belly is whitish yellow and the body color of the back is yellow brown or olive brown. The blackish dark-brown irregular wave shape spots make a horizontall line on the back. It is...

Aokana snake

The Aokana snake belongs to the Kana snake family, the body color is green and it is not a snake but a lizard. The tail occupies 3/4 of the body. A difference in the body color depends on a the sex. The side of the back of a female is yellowish green and the belly is light yellow. A male has a vertical line of thick brown on the white sideline. It is distributed in...

Togekusabiraishi

Togekusabiraishi belongs to the Kusabiraishi family, and has the form of an ellipse and lives a simple existence. The upper surface is rising, an becomes like a pillow and has a diameter that exceeds 40cm. Many leaf-like teeth, which sharpened so that there might be one oblong mouth in the central part and it might be surrounded, are located in a line. A feeler does...

Chjimikomon coral

Chijimikomon coral belongs to the Midoriishi family, and the color is brown or purple. The color of circular part of the colony is lighter than the rest of the body. The colony consists of thin and large leaf shapes, and when it becomes larger it overlaps many layers. The wen shaped projection sparsely covers the surface of a colony. It inhabits shoal.

Sujimanjuishi

Sujimanjuishi is the Kusabiraishi family. It has a round shape with a diameter of about 7cm and the simple substance coral has a existence. It's color is brown or yellow brown and the mouth is pink. The undersurface is cratered, there is a fine rib, which extended wavelike to the edge from the central part. A feeler does not extend in daytime. The slope of the reef...

House swallow

It belongs to the swallow family, and the bodys total length is 17cm.The wings and tail are long and the undersurface is white, its head and back are glossy indigo-black. The young bird resembles the Ryukyu swallow. It is a migratory bird mainly seen along rivers, seashores, and in farming areas. It comes in large groups in spring and autumn, and a few birds pass by...

Green backed heron

It belongs to the heron family, and total length of the body is 52cm. It seems smaller than a carp heron and thin. Compared with the body size, the beak is long. An adult bird's head is black and the back and feather have blue gloss. Since the feathers resemble a leaf of bamboo grass, it gets its name. The undersurface is a gray, and it has a white line on both sides...

Jungle crow

It belongs to the crow family and the bodys length is 56.5cm, and it the biggest crow seen in Japan. It is called “Garasaa” in the Okinawan dialect. The bodily color is black and almost lusterless, and there is no difference between male and female. The beak is thick and it is red inside of the mouth. It is an omnivorous feeder, and the food is obtained on the...

Tideland of Yubu Island

Yubu Island in the eastern part of Iriomote Island is flat, and small, and its circumference is only 2km. It can be seen from the Mihara community. The tideland of this island is called “Katabaru”, and is divided from the main island. Usually, it is crossed by a water buffalo pulled carriage, but at the time of ebb tide you can walk. Since groundwater was abundant...

Yubu Island tropical plant paradise

Yubu Island is a very small island. Whose circumference is 2.15km, it can be crossed by carriage pulled by water buffalo from Mihara of Iriomote Island. “Yubu island tropical plant paradise” suggests exactly thet.The whole island that 40,000 coconut and other subtropical trees and flowers have been growing thick there naturally. The mangrove grows gregariously in on...

Atoku lsland

Atoku Island is an uninhabited island which consists of a big island and a small island which are located at the estuary of the Urauchi River on Iriomote Island, and its altitude is 42m. Local people call the large island “Ubu-Atoku” and call the small island “Guma-Atoku”. The tradition says that a long time ago there was a flood in the estuary of Urauchi River, and...

Ubanari lsland

Ubanari Island is an uninhabited island located northeast about 0.2km from Noharazaki on Iriomote Island. The altitude of the island is 17m, and the area is 0.05sq.km. Local residents call this island “Aujima” otherwise “Au” and “Aushima”. Because the shape of this island seems like that of a samisen turned sideways when it is seen from Aragusuku Island, and it is...

Iriomote wildlife center

Iriomote wild creature conservation center (Iriomote wildlife center) is in the east of Iriomote Island. It was established as a facility for concerning the protection, breeding, and investigation of wild life on the island. The building is divided into two for the first exhibition room and the second exhibition room. The three-dimensional island model, and the...