Reptiles of Malaysia
Malaysian Reptiles are Easy to Find
We can see the reptiles of Malaysia mostly everywhere in the country.
If we look around, even in modern buildings in the urban areas and cities, and in the gardens, we can probably find some of the more common species of reptiles, like the house geckos, lizards, snakes and skinks.
However, the uncommon or rarer species of reptiles are found in their natural habitats like the jungles and rain-forests, wetlands, mangroves and even agricultural land, plantations and secluded beaches.
But we can be sure that they are there, somewhere near us, and perhaps helping us get rid of some pests.
Best Ways to Find, Observe and Record Reptiles of Malaysia
The easiest way of course is to visit the various national parks, nature reserves, and wildlife sanctuaries of Malaysia.
These places, being unspoiled tropical rain-forests that are millions of years old with rivers, streams and numerous pools of water, are their natural habitat.
These locations are homes to a diverse group of reptiles, living in harmony together with the other protected animal kingdom species.
Of course do go there only to watch and observe them, or just take pictures, as these parks and sanctuaries prohibit disturbance, killing, collection and the like of the reptiles and other animals inside them.
We can also visit their other terrestrial habitats like swamplands, mangroves and river-mouths, and for marine turtles, of course the beaches, where we will probably be surprised with the amazing number of reptile species living in these habitats.
A wide variety of snakes, skinks, lizards, river turtles and crocodiles live along the river-banks, lakes and water areas.
Reptiles of Malaysia Species
The reptiles found in Malaysia include the following with rich diversities in their species:-
Characteristics of Reptiles
Just as a reminder, here are some general distinguishing features of reptiles:-
Why do some reptiles sometimes change their colors?
We can find some species of reptiles that can change their body color. They do this by altering the shape of their color pigment cells (chromatophores).
Well it is said to function as a body temperature control, to heat or cool their body.
It is sometimes done as a way to camouflage themselves to look like their surroundings, especially when predators and humans lurk around.
Changing their colors is also a "subtle" way to tell their mates they are in the mood for real fun and it is that period of time (you know what I mean). It is a sort of putting make-up to look good to the opposite sex!
But it may also sometimes be a gesture of threat or warning to others to stay away from their mates or territory.
Help Preserve Our Reptiles
Well, like the tigers, rhinoceros, elephants and other animals, the reptiles of Malaysia are also in danger of depletion and for some species to eventual non-existence and extinction.
The rain-forests, mangrove swamps, and their other natural habitats are slowly disappearing, having to make way for plantations, farms, residential estates, and other development.
And it is not helped either by the traditional uses of their skins, meat and body parts for ornamental, culinary and dubious medicinal practices.
People must know that these beautiful creatures of God, the reptiles of Malaysia, play an important part in nature's delicate eco-systems. Killing them for unnecessary uses would unbalance nature's environment, that may affect humans too.
So be thoughtful and kind to them. And do help to preserve their natural habitats for their continued survival.
Enjoy the beauty of these lovely creatures.
Malaysia's National Flower