Cambodia lies within the Tropics, with an average temperature of 27.5 °C. The country has a tropical monsoon climate with short dry seasons and is almost entirely dependent on tropical Monsoon rain. The wildlife of Cambodia is very diverse with at least 162 mammal species, 600 bird species, 176 reptile species (including 89 subspecies), 900 freshwater fish species, 670 invertebrate species, and more than 3000 plant species. Many of these species are endemic to Cambodia.
The majority of Cambodia’s population lives in rural areas and many people keep animals for both companionship and food. Many people keep ducks, chickens, geese, buffaloes, cows, pigs, and sheep as livestock though they typically only sell the more valuable animals or give them away to make room for new ones. The most popular pet is the dog while cats are more infrequent due to the risk of rabies.
The most common pets and animals in Cambodia
There are three most common pets in Cambodia: cats, dogs, and fishes. The first animal that Cambodians usually keep as a pet is a cat. It is considered an auspicious animal because it has lived with humans for centuries. A dog is the second most popular pet to keep in Cambodia. It is versatile and provides security for the family by barking at all strangers who come near their house. The third animal that Cambodians keep as pets is the mouse. Cambodia’s climate is perfect for the country’s four most common pets – dogs, cats, hamsters, and mice. There are no laws protecting these animals, but they are often given food and water by their owners. Cambodia has its own species of rodents called Rattus norvegicus or “water rats” which can be found all over the country. More exotic animals like monkeys and zebras are also popular pets in Cambodia.
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