Thursday, November 13, 2008

Tropical jungle animals of Perlus Waterfall…Part 4

Compared to the jungle plants of Perlus waterfall, I would have to say that the tropical jungle animals of Perlus waterfall have to be the highlight of this trip. This second visit to Perlus waterfall showcased some of the most amazing tropical animals I have ever seen.

We didn’t have to explore off the trail to see these animals. They were like ‘exposing’ themselves to be seen, wanting to be photographs and appreciated. This is especially true for this particular snake. Not only was it lying low on some small plants but it was also right in the middle of the trail. With so many people walking pass it (some probably had a brush with it), the snake stood its ground and did not move much.

This snake is beautiful!

I was really excited seeing it. A bit scared to get close to it but can’t help it. It is stunningly beautiful. Some of the group did not notice the snake as they headed into the falls. So, I decided to head back first to see if I can find it again. Sure enough, the snake was still there, waiting for its eager audiences.

We saw a predator that day and we also say one of its meals perhaps. This green frog was seen sitting on a leaf, enjoying the peacefulness of the jungle when suddenly there were flashes of bright lights and human chatter around it. Despite all the chaos, the frog didn’t move a bit, allowing everyone a chance to take pictures.

Other usual jungle animals we saw along the way includes some dragonflies, millipedes and ants. Below are some of them pictures.

The giant ants of the jungle

Manage to capture only its ‘rear’ before it flew away

Why do I have this strong feeling that this millipede would stink

Really nice looking dragonfly

Both the frog and the snake especially were a welcome change to my jungle walk experience. It goes to demonstrate how unique and (to a certain extent) how pristine this jungle of Perlus waterfall is. While there is beauty and sign of wildlife abundance in the area, unmistakably there will be certain people who would try to exploit or even hunt them down. Along the trail, I spotted this trap. A ‘enlarged’ version of the common rat trap, this trap looks big enough to fit a small kid.

An animal trap fashioned from the common mouse trap

While the presence of the trap is a sad addition to the jungle, perhaps it is the Orang Asal’s way of life to hunt for jungle animals to feed themselves. Subsistence living through such hunting is perhaps acceptable for as long as the animals are not over hunted and exploited.

Click here to read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of my Perlus rainforest waterfall adventure.