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An Island
Herping Adventure

This specialized tour focusses on the amazing diversity of reptiles found on the island. From the moist and humid lowland rainforests, to the arid North in Mannar, this tour will take you on a journey to what makes this island a herpetological hotspot with a high rate of endemic species. Guided by a seasoned herpetologist this tour will showcase the magic that is Sri Lanka

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Excursion Itinerary

Upon arrival in Sri Lanka, you will be greeted by your herpetology guide and escorted to your transportation vehicle, thereafter journey for 3 hours towards the lowland rainforest eco system of Sinharaja.

Check into your lodging for lunch,

Thereafter commence exploring the surrounding habitats, waterways, and forests seeking the many wonderful species to be found in this rich eco system.

After dark is when the herping world truly comes alive. Join your naturalist guide as well as the local trackers to walk in forested paths at night to explore the many frog and reptile species which can be found here.

Species to be found in this eco system

- Frogs and amphibians

Ceylon Caecilian, Kotagama’s Toad, Common House Toad, Nollert’s Toad, Nagao’s Ramanella, Indian Skipper Frog, Indian Green Frog, Kirtisinghe’s Frog, Common Paddy Field Frog, Corrugated Water Frog, Sri Lankan Rock Frog, Golden Frog, Bronzed Frog, Golden Shrub Frog, Hollow-snouted Shrub Frog, Sharp-snouted Shrub Frog, Ferguson’s Shrub Frog, Leaf Dwelling Shrub Frog, Anthropogenic Shrub Frog, Whistling Shrub Frog, Common Shrub frog, Cheeky Shrub Frog, Muller’s Shrub Frog, Sinharaja Shrub Frog, Schneider's shrub frog, Sri Lanka petite shrub frog, Orange-canthal Shrub Frog, Common Hourglass Tree Frog, Long-snouted Tree Frog.

- Agamid Lizards

Whistling Lizard, Rough-horned Lizard, Hump-nosed Lizard, Sri Lanka Kangaroo Lizard, Common Garden Lizard, Green Garden Lizard.

- Gecko’s

Spotted Bowfinger Gecko, Spotted House Gecko, Common House Gecko, Scaly-finger Gecko, Sinharaja Bent-toed Gecko.

- Skinks

Daignan's Lanka Skink, Common Lanka Skink , Gan's Lanka Skink, Taylor's Lanka Skink, Common Sun Skink, Sri Lanka Bronze Skink, Three-toed Snake Skink, Catenated Lanka Skink.

- Monitor Lizards

Land Monitor, Water Monitor

- Snakes

Günther's Rough-sided Snake, Schokar's Bronzeback, Sinharaja Bronzeback, Sri Lankan Keelback, Sri Lankan Wolf Snake, Flowery Wolf Snake, Templeton's Kukri Snake, Streaked Kukri Snake, Sri Lankan Blossom Krait, Deraniyagala's Shieldtail, Lowland Hump-nosed Viper, Sri Lankan Green Pitviper, Chithrasekara’s Bridle Snake, Green Vine Snake, Olive Keelback, Barne's Cat Snake, Beddoms Cat Snake, Sri Lanka Cat Snake, Forsten's Cat Snake, Sri Lanka Wolf Snake, Ornate Flying Snake, Rat Snake, Sri Lanka Checkered Keelback, Checkered Keelback, Lowlands Hump-nosed Pit Viper

Accommodation

  • Jansens Bungalow - View Website
  • Meal Plan - Full Board Basis

Spend today as well going deeper into this eco system seeking the herpetological wonders this habitat has to offer

Accommodation

  • Jansens Bungalow - View Website
  • Meal Plan- Full Board Basis

Today after breakfast, checkout from your lodge and journey towards Kitulgala. Another lowland rainforest habitat. (4 hours drive)

Begin exploring this habitat soon after lunch.

- Frogs and amphibians

Ceylon Caecilian, Kotagama’s Toad, Common House Toad, Nollert’s Toad, Nagao’s Ramanella, Indian Skipper Frog, Indian Green Frog, Kirtisinghe’s Frog, Common Paddy Field Frog, Corrugated Water Frog, Sri Lankan Rock Frog, Golden Frog, Bronzed Frog, Golden Shrub Frog, Hollow-snouted Shrub Frog, Sharp-snouted Shrub Frog, Ferguson’s Shrub Frog, Leaf Dwelling Shrub Frog, Anthropogenic Shrub Frog, Mittermeier’s Shrub Frog, Whistling Shrub Frog, Common Shrub frog, Cheeky Shrub Frog, Reticulated-thigh Shrub Frog, Muller’s Shrub Frog, Sinharaja Shrub Frog, Schneider's shrub frog, Sri Lanka petite shrub frog, Orange-canthal Shrub Frog, Common Hourglass Tree Frog, Long-snouted Tree Frog.

- Gecko’s

Spotted Bowfinger Gecko, Spotted House Gecko, Common House Gecko, Scaly-finger Gecko, Sinharaja Bent-toed Gecko

- Skinks

Daignan's Lanka Skink, Common Lanka Skink , Gan's Lanka Skink, Taylor's Lanka Skink, Common Sun Skink, Sri Lanka Bronze Skink, Three-toed Snake Skink, Catenated Lanka Skink.

- Monitor Lizards

Land Monitor, Water Monitor

- Snakes

Schokar's Bronzeback, Sinharaja Bronzeback, Sri Lankan Keelback, Sri Lankan Wolf Snake, Flowery Wolf Snake, Templeton's Kukri Snake, Streaked Kukri Snake, Sri Lankan Blossom Krait, Deraniyagala's Shieldtail, Lowland Hump-nosed Viper, Sri Lankan Green Pitviper, Günther's Rough-sided Snake, Green Vine Snake, Olive Keelback, Barne's Cat Snake, Beddoms Cat Snake, Sri Lanka Cat Snake, Forsten's Cat Snake, Sri Lanka Wolf Snake, Ornate Flying Snake, Rat Snake, Sri Lanka Checkered Keelback, Checkered Keelback, Merrem's Hump-nosed Pit Viper, Lowlands Hump-nosed Pit Viper

Today after breakfast, checkout and journey towards Nuwara Eliya, with an en-route stop over at Nawalapitiya to explore some unique reptile species (4 hours journey)

Snake species which can found include

Boie's Rough-sided Snake, Black-spined Snake, Schokar's Bronzeback, Sinharaja Bronzeback, Sri Lankan Keelback, Sri Lankan Wolf Snake, Flowery Wolf Snake, Templeton's Kukri Snake, Streaked Kukri Snake, Sri Lankan Blossom Krait, Deraniyagala's Shieldtail, Lowland Hump-nosed Viper, Sri Lankan Green Pitviper, Green Vine Snake, Buff-striped Keelback, Olive Keelback, Barne's Cat Snake, Beddoms Cat Snake, Sri Lanka Cat Snake, Forsten's Cat Snake, Sri Lanka Wolf Snake, Ornate Flying Snake, Rat Snake, Sri Lanka Checkered Keelback, Checkered Keelback, Russell's Viper, Merrem's Hump-nosed Pit Viper, Lowlands Hump-nosed Pit Viper

Thereafter journey towards Nuwara Eliya.

Once you check into your hotel, and as dusk approaches begin exploring the mountains in this region for endemic frog and reptile species. This region consists of montane cloud forests which hosts its own unique range of species.

- Frogs and amphibians

Sri Lanka narrow mouthed Frog, Parker’s Ramanella, Indian Skipper Frog, Sri Lanka Frog, Common Paddy Field Frog, Horton Plains Shrub Frog, Asanka’s Shrub Frog, Leaf-nesting Shrub Frog, Frankenberg’s Shrub Frog, Small-eared Shrub Frog, Schmarda’s Shrub Frog, Dull-green Shrub Frog, Mountain Hourglass Tree Frog.

- Lizards

Crestless Lizard, Black-lipped Lizard, Rhino-horned Lizard, Pygmy Lizard, Common Garden Lizard, Green Garden Lizard

- Skinks

Smooth Lanka Skink.

- Snakes

Common Rough-sided Snake, Sri Lankan Hump-nosed Pit Viper.

Accommodation

  • Ferncliff Bungalow - View Website
  • Meal Plan- Full Board Basis

Spend the day exploring the wonders of these misty highlands, which include areas such as Horton Plains National Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a biodiversity hotspot.

After dark head to nearby habitats which are excellent for frogs

Return back to your bungalow afterwards for your overnight stay.

Accommodation

  • Ferncliff Bungalow - View Website
  • Meal Plan- Full Board Basis

After an early breakfast head towards another unique montane eco system in the Knuckles Mountain Range which hosts its own unique set of frog and reptile species.

The journey will take you approximately 4.5-5 hours.

Reach your hotel for a late lunch and thereafter proceed to explore this unique habitat with your naturalist guide.

- Frog Species

Common House Toad, Ornate narrow mouthed Frog, Obscure Ramanella, Indian Skipper Frog, Indian Green Frog, Kirtisinghe’s Frog, Common Paddy Field Frog, Dumbara Corrugated Frog, Marbled Rock Frog, Sri Lanka Wood Frog, Bronzed Frog, Asanka’s Shrub Frog, Ferguson’s Shrub Frog, Knuckles Shrub Frog, Bigfoot Shrub Frog, Moore’s Shrub Frrog, Common Shrub frog, Hanken's shrub frog, Muller’s Shrub Frog, Steiner’s Shrub Frog, Stuart’s Shrub Frog, Common Hourglass Tree Frog, Mountain Hourglass Tree Frog.

- Agamid Lizards

Manamendra-Arachchi's Whistling Lizard, Pethiyagoda’s Crestless Lizard, Leaf-nosed Lizard, Knuckles Pygmy Lizard, Sri Lankan Kangaroo Lizard, Common Garden Lizard, Green Garden Lizard,

- Gecko Species

Spotted Bowfinger Gecko, Spotted House Gecko, Common House Gecko, Knuckles Bent-toed Gecko

- Skink Species

Common Lanka Skink, Taylor's Lanka Skink, Common Sun Skink, Sri Lanka Bronze Skink, Four-toed Snake Skink, Smith's Snake Skink

- Monitor Lizards

Land Monitor, Water Monitor

- Snake Species

Black-spined Snake, Desilva’s rough-sided snake, Green Vine Snake, Buff-striped Keelback, Olive Keelback, Schokar's Bronzeback, Templeton's Kukri Snake, Streaked Kukri Snake, Sri Lankan Blossom Krait, Lowland Hump-nosed Viper, Gunasekara's Shieldtail, Buff-striped Keelback, Barne's Cat Snake, Beddoms Cat Snake, Sri Lanka Cat Snake, Forsten's Cat Snake, Rat Snake, Sri Lankan Hump-nosed Pit Viper

Accommodation

  • The Riverston Grand Hotel - View Website
  • Meal Plan- Full Board Basis

Spend the day and night exploring this unique eco system.

Accommodation

  • The Riverston Grand Hotel - View Website
  • Meal Plan- Full Board Basis

Today after breakfast, checkout from your hotel and journey towards Habarana which is a Intermediate Zone- Moist- Mixed Monsoon Forest Habitat

Explore the forest habitats of this region

- Frog Species

Common House Toad, Sri Lankan Bull Frog, Ornate narrow mouthed Frog, Mihintale narrow mouthed Frog, Rohan’s Ramanella, Marbled Balloon Frog, Indian Skipper Frog, Indian Green Frog, Common Paddy Field Frog, Jurdon’s Bullforg, Common Shrub frog, Common Hourglass Tree Frog, Spotted Tree Frog.

- Agamid Lizard Species

Lowland Kangaroo Lizard, Common Garden Lizard, Green Garden Lizard

- Gecko Species

Blotched Bowfinger Gecko, Four-claw Gecko, Spotted House Gecko, Kandyan Gecko, Common House Gecko, Termite Hill Gecko

- Skinks

Common Lanka Skink, Dotted Garden Skink, Common Sun Skink, Sri Lanka Bronze Skink, Tammanna skink

- Monitor Lizards

Land Monitor, Water Monitor

- Tortoises and Freshwater Terrapins

Hard-shelled Terrapin, Star Tortoise

- Snakes

Green Vine Snake, Brown Vine Snake, Buff-striped Keelback, Olive Keelback, Beddoms Cat Snake, Sri Lanka Cat Snake, Striped Flying Snake, Trinket Snake, Bridal Snake, Green Keelback

Common Kukri Snake, Wolf Snake, Rat Snake, Checkered Keelback, Russell's Viper, Merrem's Hump-nosed Pit Viper

Accommodation

  • Wild Grass Nature Resort - View Website
  • Meal Plan- Full Board Basis

Today after checkout journey far North towards the island peninsula of Mannar (3 hours drive)

This is an arid thorny scrub habitat consisting of coastal mud flats, mangroves, and lagoons, which a host of unique species.

After lunch commence exploring this unique dry zone habitat

- Frogs

Common House Toad, Sri Lankan Bull Frog, Ornate narrow mouthed Frog, Rohan’s Ramanella, Marbled Balloon Frog, Indian Skipper Frog, Indian Green Frog, Common Paddy Field Frog, Jurdon’s Bullforg, Common Shrub frog, Spotted Tree Frog.

- Agamid Lizards

Common Garden Lizard

- Gecko’s

Four-claw Gecko, Spotted House Gecko, Common House Gecko, Bark Gecko, Scaly Gecko, Termite Hill Gecko

- Skinks

Common Lanka Skink, Dotted Garden Skink, Common Sun Skink, Sri Lanka Bronze Skink, Tammanna skink

- Monitor Lizards

Land Monitor, Water Monitor

- Tortoises and Terrapins

Hard-shelled Terrapin, Star Tortoise

- Snakes

Gamma Cat Snake, Dog-faced Water Snake, Rat Snake, Checkered Keelback, Common Krait, Russell's Viper, Saw-scaled Viper.

- Crocodilians

Mugger Crocodile.

Accommodation

  • The Palmyrah House - View Website
  • Meal Plan- Full Board Basis

Spend the day exploring the many amazing reptiles found in this habitat, especially the Saw Scaled Viper which is found uniquely in this area.

Accommodation

  • The Palmyrah House - View Website
  • Meal Plan- Full Board Basis

Today once you checkout, journey downwards towards Wilpattu National Park (3 hours drive)

After lunch begin exploring the many cultivations and habitats which are excellent for many of the dry zone snake species.

- Frogs

Common House Toad, Schneider’s Toad, Sri Lankan Bull Frog, Mihintale narrow mouthed Frog, Rohan’s Ramanella, Marbled Balloon Frog, Indian Skipper Frog, Indian Green Frog, Common Paddy Field Frog, Jurdon’s Bullfrog, Short-headed Burrowing Frog, Common Shrub frog, Spotted Tree Frog.

- Agamid Lizards

Lowland Kangaroo Lizard, Common Garden Lizard, Green Garden Lizard

- Gecko’s

Blotched Bow finger Gecko, Four-claw Gecko, Spotted House Gecko, Common House Gecko, Bark Gecko, Termite Hill Gecko

- Chameleons

Sri Lanka Chameleon

- Skinks

Common Lanka Skink, Dotted Garden Skink, Common Sun Skink, Sri Lanka Bronze Skink, Tammanna skink, Shark-head Snake Skink

- Monitor Lizards

Land Monitor, Water Monitor

- Crocodilians

Mugger Crocodile

- Tortoises and Terrapins

Sri Lanka Soft-shelled Terrapin, Hard-shelled Terrapin, Star Tortoise

- Snakes

Indian Rock Python, Green Vine Snake, Brown Vine Snake, Buff-striped Keelback, Olive Keelback, Beddoms Cat Snake, Sri Lanka Cat Snake, Forsten's Cat Snake, Striped Flying Snake, Trinket Snake, Bridal Snake, Green Keelback, Common Kukri Snake , Wolf Snake, Rat Snake, Checkered Keelback, Common Krait, Russell's Viper, Merrem's Hump-nosed Pit Viper.

Accommodation

Explore the outskirts of the park, as well as journey towards the rear entrance area of Eluwankulam to explore the habitats seeking unique reptile species

You can also opt for a game drive inside Wilpattu National Park which is one of the best places in Sri Lanka to encounter Leopards, Sloth Bear and Asian Elephant.

Accommodation

Today after breakfast checkout from your hotel and journey back towards the airport (4 hours drive) for your flight back home

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