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Night walk in Poring rainforest

Giant river toad

It was an exciting night in Poring rainforest. I finally found the insect that I had been looking for years. Many friends are also very impressed with this insect. Please read on to see it.

white wolf spider
I suppose Poring rainforest is an ideal site for night walk due to its rich flora and fauna. Surprisingly, no tourist asks for a night safari in Poring, so I had to hire a nature guide to start one at 7pm. The fee is about RM70-100 (≈USD20-30) per hour. We have a happy start when we spot a white wolf spider with red mouth.

litter frog
Above: A litter frog that has big head, cute..

giant river toad
Then we saw a giant river toad, which is endemic to Borneo and famous for its foul smell. I didn’t smell anything though. There is a myth that this toad will laugh if you tickle its belly.

We rub its belly gently with a twig. You may watch the 1-min video below to see if it laughs:

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leopard spider
There are quite a number of big spider around, like the leopard spider above. It is easy to spot them coz their eyes reflect our torchlight.

spider in fungus cup
Small spider waits for prey in fungus cup.

long stick insect
A very long stick insect. The guide says the village kids are used to eat the eggs of stick insect because its eggs are big and look like chocolate.

stick insect
Fat stick insect on tapioca leaf. Seem like stick insect loves tapioca leaf coz I found a few more.

Chorotypus gallinaceus
Here comes the highlight of my night walk. Can you spot anything in the photo above?

Can’t see it? Below is the answer. It’s a Leaf mimicking Grasshopper (Chorotypus gallinaceus) that perfectly camouflaged as a dead leaf.
Leaf mimicking Grasshopper
I had heard about this insect. I’m so glad to see one. When I was busy taking its photo, suddenly it just played dead and dropped itself to the ground. The guide and me shouted, “Oh sh*t!” because it would be very hard to spot it among the foliage. Luckily we located it again.

big forest snail
We also saw a big snail near Kipungit Waterfall. So far it’s the largest forest snail that I’ve ever seen.

Giant bent-toed gecko (Cyrtodactylus consobrinus)
Above: Giant bent-toed gecko on tree trunk.

tiger leech
There are some tiger leeches lurking in the bush. They were so excited when they sensed our heat.

mating leeches

Another highlight is the mating of two tiger leeches. It lasts for quite a long time and both leeches caress each other like crazy. You may see their action in the 1-min video below:

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Our night walk ended at 11pm, just before the heavy rain came. I can’t wait to go back there again one day. If you love such activity, Poring is highly recommended for night safari.

More Photos

You may check out my photo album on Poring night walk for more nice pictures:
Photo gallery of Poring night walk

Related posts:
Night Walk in Miki Camp
Night Walk in Crocker Range Park

Other articles about Poring Hot Springs Park:

  1. Poring Hot Springs bath
  2. Poring Canopy Walkway
  3. Gardens of Poring
  4. The Most Expensive Orchid in the world
  5. Accommodation at Poring
  6. Jackie, orangutan who owns a house
  7. Waterfalls of Poring

Photos taken in Poring, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo

Horned Frog

Bornean Horned Frog

In a night walk inside Sabah highland forest, Jimmy shouted, “Hey! There is a horned frog here!” “Where?” I asked. I only saw him pointing his torchlight to a leaf. He picked up the “leaf” and showed me a Bornean Horned Frog (Megophrys nasuta) that I had been dreaming of photographing.

Bornean Horned Frog
Suddenly, this Bornean Horned Frog became a superstar and everyone was busy photographing it. With “horns” on its head, this horned frog looks grumpy and so evil that if a princess kisses it, I believe it would turn into a demon, the prince of darkness, instead of a handsome prince riding on white horse. Just kidding, it’s a very gentle frog.

Bornean Horned Frog
However, many told me that this one looks special as its throat is bright-orange in color.

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Bornean Horned Frog
Its “horn” is a pointy and triangular projection from the edge of the eyelid. In fact, this structure makes horned frog looks like foliage on forest floor. It remains stealth and still, waits and snaps the unsuspecting preys that passing by.

Bornean Horned Frog
Don’t you think that it’s cute? I love horned frog.

Please watch the 30-sec video to see horned frog:

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Besides horned frog, there were many other frogs after the rain, when the snakes are less active. I took a lot of photos of frogs and other small creatures, and share them in this album. Thank you Mr. Kelvin Kueh (Anurans researcher from Universiti Malaysia Sabah) for the identification of the frog species.

tiny frog
tiny frog
We also saw a very tiny frog but don’t know what species it is. Anyone can tell if it is the smallest frog in the world?

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Photos taken in Kota Belud, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo

More Night Walk photos:
Crocker Range Park