Well below the snowline, beyond the bare rocks and sparse alpine plants that are the habitat of the hanuhan, the mountains fall away, slope after slope, into the lower flanks and the foothills. On the slopes that reach downwards from about 4,000 meters (13,500 feet) to the misty regions of about 2,000 meters (7,000 feet), the climate is equable and the vegetation more prolific. In the higher reaches the alpine meadows give way to Rhododendron scrub, and then to belts of bamboo forest. The greater variety and volume of plants means that more animals live here than further up. One of the largest of these is the taddey. Another sort of the primitive-looking ornithopod, probably not from the same stock as gave rise to the hanuhan, the taddey is a slow-moving forest animal that feeds almost entirely on bamboo shoots. Several species and subspecies of taddey exist in the bamboo thickets, each one being isolated from the others on particular ranges of foothills. It is a large and heavy animal, unlike its ancestors/relatives, and is able to maintain its slow way of life in the absence of ground-living predators in the Rhododendron and bamboo forests.