Borneo is home to countless reptiles. Numerous species of lizards, crocodiles, fresh and salt water turtles, tortoises, snakes and frogs to name but a few. Some of the more famous of the 160 species of snake include the reticulated python, arguably the largest snake in the world with individuals found up to 30ft long. Of the venomous snakes the King Cobra, the longest venomous snake in the world, his cousin the Common or Malay cobra and a large group of pit vipers are numerous in Borneo, although hard to find. The more frequent encounters with reptiles in Borneo occur in lesser populated areas, in the large, sparsely inhabited rivers like the Kinabatangan and the Klias salt water crocodiles can still be found, while in the peat-swamp forests such as the heart of the Kinabatangan, a sighting of the false gharial, a medium sized crocodile with a bulb on the end of it nose, is always amazing.
There are also many crocodile farms in Malaysian Borneo, whilst not in there natural habitat it is still amazing to see these powerful animals feeding.
SABAH & SARAWAK PLACES OF INTEREST FOR REPTILES
Kinabatangan River Reptiles
The Kinabatangan river, Sabah's largest river, is one of the best opportunities in the world to spot rare and fascinating reptiles (Yellow Ringneck Snake, Green Tree Lizard, Water Monitor Lizard, brown skink, Mangrove snake or Cat snake, Wagler's Pit Viper and Reticulated Python ). A trip up the Kinabatangan as part of a round-trip from Sandakan usually includes such memorable Sabah's attractions as the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre and the Gomantong Caves.
Kinabalu National Park Reptiles
The Kinabalu national Park is one of the most popular tourist spots in Sabah and Malaysia in general. Mount Kinabalu is one of the youngest non-volcanic mountains in the world. It was formed within the last 10 to 35 million years. It is also home to a multitude of endemic animal species, including the Kinabalu Giant Red Leech and Kinabalu Giant Earthworm. The park also plays host to a variety of birds, insects, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles.
Tabin Wildlife Park Reptiles
Tabin Wildlife Park, in Sabah, is a nature reserve created in 1984 to preserve Sabah's disappearing wild animals. Tabin is indeed a perfect place for wildlife. If you don't mind travelling all the way to this jungle for some overnight adventure trip, you might encounter with some of the rare reptiles like the crested agamid lizard, gliding lizard (Draco species) and snakes.
Danum Valley Reptiles
Two hours overland from Lahad Datu, on 438 km2 of undisturbed land, is the Danum Valley Conservation Area. Rich with flora and fauna one might find the reptiles living in this forest is just magnificent. The Bornean Angle-headed Lizard, Adult Dog-toothed Cat Snake, Oriental Whip or Green Vine Snake, and one of the longest and largest snakes in the world the reticulated python (The largest one was recorded at an immense 33 ft and weighed in well over 300 lbs). The colorful Forest dragon lizard and the amazingly well-camouflaged Borneo horned frog all deserve to be mentioned.
Mulu National Park Reptiles
The nominated World Heritage Site is located on the island of Borneo, in northern Sarawak, Malaysia approximately 110 kilometers (km) west of the town of Miri. A total of 25 snake species has been recorded and include regal python Python reticularus, reed snake Calamaria borneensis and C.melanota. Poisonous snakes include the banded-coral snake Maticora intestinalis. The red headed krait, Bungarus flaviceps and the white-spotted cat snake Boigo drapiezii.
Bako National Park Reptiles
Bako is home to a number of lizards. The most commonly seen is the Skink or Sun Lizard. This small, brown and grey coloured lizard is frequently seen basking on rocks at the beach or scurrying through the leaves that litter the forest-floor. A number of snakes are found at Bako but their camouflaged skins make a casual observation somewhat difficult. Most of Bako's snakes are harmless; the only poisonous snake you might encounter is the Wagler's Pit Viper.
Bako National Park Wildlife
Long-tailed macaques, silver leaf monkeys, common monitor lizards, plantain squirrel, deer is all found here. The largest mammal found at Bako is the Bornean Bearded Pig. Bako is also home to approximately 150 rare proboscis monkey, found only in Borneo.
The Santubong offers a fascinating wildlife. Proboscis monkey is often seen along the Santubong mangrove swamp. If you're lucky enough you may spot the rare Irrawaddy Dolphins too.