Despite being an urban forest surrounded by development, Bukit Kiara holds an exceptional herpetofaunal diversity. The hill provides a variety of micro-habitats to support a diverse herpetofauna — the clear streams, ponds and waterlogged patches in particular being excellent habitats for frogs and toads.
Herpetofauna are a group of animals that include reptiles and amphibians. Despite being distantly related, they are often grouped and studied together, because they share the same habitats and fill similar roles in the ecosystem as secondary or tertiary consumers.
As such, a number of wondrous reptiles and amphibians with unique natural histories and striking colours can be found here, if one were to look hard enough. The species richness is testament to the key role that urban forests play in enabling herpetofauna populations to persist through, and recover from habitat loss.
Herpetofauna species recorded as of 2022
27 snake species 15 lizard species 5 turtle species 18 frog & toad species