A tropical dry forest fed by an extensive irrigation system surrounds the Sigiriya Rock and provides a rare habitat to the amphibians and reptiles of the region.
With over 90 species out of the 110 amphibians found in Sri Lanka is being endemic, Sri Lanka is one of the few countries in the world to boats of an 85% of endemicity ratio among amphibians. When it comes to snakes and reptiles the country is home to 98 endemic species. With many of them positioned in the dry zone, Sigiriya Nature Reserve is an ideal destination to observe unique amphibians and reptiles found in Sri Lanka.
While five of the land snakes including the Spectacled Cobra, Russell’s Viper, common Krait, Sri Lankan Krait and Saw Scaled Viper found in Sri Lanka are potentially deadly and life-threatening to humans; the others are less threatening yet beautiful to behold.