Rare Reptiles of Malaysia
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Today, there are hundreds of species of reptiles in
Malaysia. The major groups being crocodiles, turtles, snakes,
lizards and frogs. All reptiles are cold-blooded, which is why they
warm themselves in the sun, and have bodies covered in dry, horny
scales. Some reptiles lay eggs; others give birth to live young.
All reptiles are vertebrates, animal with backbones.
They are low to the ground, and all except snakes and a few lizards
have four legs.
The size of reptiles can range from the very tiniest
of frogs that are smaller than a person's thumbnail to crocodiles
that are several meters long. An astonishing fact of these species
is their ability to glide from tree to tree or from a tree to the
The Harlequin Monitor (Varanus dumerilii) is a
fairly large monitor that can demonstrate an incredible shyness when
observed. The juvenile Harlequin Monitor tends to be more colorful
than the adult. This is due to its bold orange-colored head, which
however disappears with growth. Its diet includes insects such as
termites, ants, cockroaches and so on. This lizard inhibits Southern
West Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo.
The rare Rough-necked Monitor (Varanus rudicollis)
is characterized by its greatly enlarged, strongly kneeled neck
scales that are arranged in 10-12 longitunal series. It is dark with
crossbands and reddish areas on the side of the neck. Reaching 120
cm in total, this arboreal monitor inhibits Southern West Malaysia
The Great Anghehead Lizard (Gonocephalus grandis) is
amazing to observe in the wild because of its incredible camouflage
when blending into the environment. A crest runs down the length of
the male lizard's body, and some have spikes over the large dewlaps.
This lizard is usually blue in color, but can vary in different
situations. This species occurs in the far south of Thailand,
Malaysia, Sumatra and in Borneo.
Estuarine crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), the
largest of all the crocodile species, can be found in such extensive
places that range from Eastern India, Southern China through
Malaysia and the Philippines to Northern Australia and the Pacific
Islands. This crocodile usually inhibits river estuaries and coastal
regions including mangroves and remote beaches. It feeds on various
vertebrates including fish, water birds and various mammals.
The Five-banded Gliding Lizard (Draco
quinquefasciatus) is a medium-sized lizard that inhibits lowland
primary rainforest, often close to swamps or other water bodies.
This species is easily identified by the five dark bands across the
live green dorsum and patagium. It often stays at the base of tree
trunks to feed on ants, termites and other small insects. This
species ranges from Southern Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia, to
Sumatra and Borneo.
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