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Land and Resources, Vegetation and Animal Life

Gambia River, boa constrictor, mangrove swamps, extreme south, Sahel

The northern section of Senegal is part of the Sahel, a transition zone between the Sahara on the north and the wetter regions to the south. Vegetation here consists largely of savanna grass with scattered clumps of trees and spiny shrubs. Farther south, in the region of the Gambia River, trees become more common. In the extreme south are mangrove swamps and dense forests of oil palm, mahogany, teak, and bamboo. Wildlife is diverse, but larger mammals, such as elephants, lions, cheetahs, and antelopes, are largely confined to the less populated eastern half of the country. Hippopotamuses and crocodiles are found in the rivers. Among Senegalís numerous varieties of snakes are the cobra and boa constrictor.



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Gambia River, boa constrictor, mangrove swamps, extreme south, Sahel, antelopes, crocodiles, cheetahs, elephants, cobra, Sahara, teak, transition zone, bamboo, lions, mahogany, Wildlife, country

 
 

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