The Asian Swamp Water Buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) is a large bovid mammal. It is not aggressive and has become domesticated.
The Asian Swamp Water Buffalo has blue-grey skin. It is a stocky animal with a short body and large belly. Its forehead is flat, its eyes are prominent, and its face is short. It has a wide nose. Its horns grow outward and curve in a semi-circle. Its tail is short.
It measures 120-133 centimetres (47-52 inches) tall.
There are two types of Asian Water Buffalo: River Buffalo and Swamp Buffalo. The Asian River Water Buffalo is mainly found in India and Pakistan, and the Asian Swamp Water Buffalo originated in south-east Asia and China.
The Asian Swamp Buffalo prefers to wallow in mudholes. It likes hot and humid climates with lots of water. Therefore, it likes rivers, wetlands, and rice paddies.
It eats aquatic plants, such as reeds.
The female Asian Water Buffalo is pregnant for 281-334 days, before giving birth to a single live young, called a calf.
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