Our Basics Bali Reptile Rescue

Our Basics

Bali Reptile Rescue

Free Reptile Removal and Rescue Service 24hour

0821 4638 0270


If you see a snake please dont try to catch it or chase it away

Just watch where it goes and give us a ring

A snake hiding in one place is easy for us to remove

But a scared snake somewhere in a huge clump of bamboo is virtually impossible to find

Bali Reptile Rescue is a small but dedicated group of volunteers who specialise in three main things with reptiles

Education Rescue Relocation

For far too long reptiles in Indonesia have been seen as only good for either food or fashion articles like shoes and handbags

It is only recently that conservation and environmental awareness has forced people to begin to understand the huge role reptiles play in Indonesian ecology

Indonesia has been blessed with some of the worlds most magnificent animals and our group wants to help preserve as many of these as we can before they disappear forever

With Bali becoming more populated every year because it is such a wonderful place to live; more and more forest and farming land is becoming cleared for housing
This removes habitats and brings more people into contact with displaced reptiles such as snakes lizards and fresh water turtles

Contact usually results in the death of the reptiles through human fear of the unknown
That is why Education about reptiles is so important and our priority here is educating the children to show them how interesting and wonderful their native animals are
Relocation lets us come to your home or workplace and safely remove any reptiles that are causing you concern
Rescue is where we treat and rehabilitate injured reptiles

As a privately funded group we rely on donations of either work or money to help us continue

Every snake we rescue and relocate costs us approximately 20,000IDR or about $2
It doesnt sound like much but can add up quickly if the snake has been injured or needs to be fed to get it back in good condition before release
Donations can be very easily made using Paypal which costs you nothing to send money
Anything at all is very gratefully accepted
Our Paypal is balireptilerescue@yahoo.com

We also have arranged a series of small tours in different parts of Indonesia especially to cater for people who want to see the real Indonesia away from the usual tourist traps
These tours are very different to anything offered by anyone else
We know the local people in each selected area and have hired the best guides available so that no matter what species of flora or fauna you want to see they will direct you into the best possible places to find them
As an example our last 4 day trip into a remote valley in Papua resulted in finding 4 Boelins Pythons and countless other reptiles; followed by 3 days of some of the best fishing I have ever experienced
Our night tours in Eastern Java are turning up more night creatures than anyone expected; from very impressive 5metre reticulated pythons down to tiny nearly florescent frogs

We are presently negotiating with several other tribal groups in Papua, Sulawesi and Borneo for permission to take people unobtrusively into their lands as well
These will all be into areas virtually never seen by any tourists before and inaccessible by other tour operators
Each tour group will be small as animal observation is much more successful with a smaller group

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Bali Reptile Rescue

Free Reptile Removal and Rescue Service 24hour

0821 4638 0270



 Snakes Commonly Found in Bali



White Lipped Green Pit Viper.. Venomous and will defend itself vigorously.

Usually found in trees but quite happy in cupboards etc 



Spitting Cobra... Very venomous and should not be approached as very defensive if attacked. They can spit venom and hit you in the eyes every time from a distance of 2 metres resulting in a lot of pain and temporary blindness. Mostly seen as dull brown but some are almost black in colour. Most of the time they do not flare their hoods so this can make casual identification difficult. Usually found at ground level but can climb quite actively when chased. Often live in old rat holes etc so its a good idea to fill any holes you find around your garden.


King Cobra. Largest of the cobra family and potentially deadly if provoked. The biggest we have relocated in Bali was 3.6metres. These magnificent snakes are probably highly endangered now as reports of them are becoming few and far between 


Bungarus candidus

Banded Krait...Possibly the most deadly snake here.. We have never seen one longer than 1000mm but there are reports of larger ones in Java... These have definitely caused deaths in Bali

The one in this picture is the most commonly seen colour but others are nearly jet black with no white 


Boiga Dendrophila

 Gold Ringed Mangrove snake are mildly venomous very attractive snakes of no danger to humans but will defend themselves strongly. As shown here they are not just black and gold but also come in black with white rings and there are also red and gold ones in Java

Ptyas Mucosus
Rat Snake
 Absolutely harmless 
Ptyas mucosus
Ular jali; Oriental rat snake
Beautiful fast moving harmless snake which grows to over 2 metres

Checkered keelback
Harmless and usually found in or near water

Wolf Snake (Lycodon capucinus)
This beautiful little harmless snake moves very quickly but only grows to about 60cm

 These are harmless Tree Snakes commonly brought home by cats
Dendralaphis.. Bronzeback
                                             Vine Snake
Ahuetella prasina; harmless tree snake grows to nearly 2 metres
Looks like a ribbon dancing through the trees

Reticulated Pythons can reach over 5 metres in Bali but are harmless to humans and will only bite if attacked or provoked
This lovely snake is a sunbeam snake and is absolutely harmless
Usually less than 1 metre in length and most commonly seen in or near water

 Brown coloured vine or whip snake, very uncommon colour in Bali

(Ramphotyphlops braminus) blindsnake, wire snakes, worm snakes
Body length up to 175 mm, but rarely longer than 15 cm. and mostly about 10 cm or less.

Ular cicak belang/white.banded wolf snake/Lycodon subcinctus.
Malayan Banded Wolf SnakeHarmless :Maximum 90 cm.

Common Names: Yellow Striped Ratsnake, Malayan Black Tailed Racer
Scientific Name: Coelognathus flavolineatus
Maximum Size : 1.8 metres

Ular siput (Pareas carinatus)

                                    Rat Snake (Ptyas korros)


Boiga Cynodon
Javan keelback water snake (Xenochrophis melanozostus)

             Spotted or speckle belly keelback (Rhabdophis chrysargos)Non venomous

Ular Bajing (Gonyosoma oxycephalum) Red-tailed Green Ratsnake or Red-tailed Racer

The most important thing to understand about snakes is that they do not attack unless provoked.    Most bites come from people either seeing a snake and trying to kill it or from standing on a snake


Sunday, April 8, 2012

Bali Nights

Bali Night Tours

We have now found two snake catchers who are prepared to take small groups of tourists into various areas around Bali to show them a side of Bali nobody else has ever seen

These are night trips varying in time and location

It can pretty surprising the areas they find most of their reptiles

These vary from deep jungle to suburban areas in the heart of Denpassar

Range of snakes vary from large Retics down to slender little Vine and Sunbeam snakes

Boigas Vipers and Elaphe are also very commonly found

Lots of amphibians, many lizards and many other night dwellers such as bats will definitely also be seen

Totally depending on long time local knowledge these trips are always different and the travel time varies from 10 minutes to 2 hours
Once again we recommend only small groups of 2 to 6 people

We are getting more people every week involved in these tours and they have never left disappointed
Cost of this tour is 600.000IDR [about Aud$60] per person
That includes picking you up and bringing you back to your hotel afterwards

If you want to see a few of the things we commonly find on these tours have a look at 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Rinca-Komodo-Istana Ular

Komodo Adventures from people who know and care about all reptiles

We are certain we can offer you the best Komodo Dragon tours available
You visit Flores to see the Dragons and reptiles are our speciality
After visiting Flores many times we have carefully selected the very best guides and we totally recommend these highly experienced people
Flores Komodo and Rinca are famous for their Komodo dragons but they are only a small part of a virtually untouched area as far as other animal tours are concerned. We maximize your time and opportunities to see more of the wonderful animals of Indonesia. As a quick example ask any other tour operator how long you will stay on Rinca; which is by far the best island to get up close to wild komodo dragons. We double the time of our closest competitors at a similar cost. 
Our night jungle guides were all hunters, so they know exactly where the animals you want to see will be on any day or night
Night jungle tours are not available on either Rinca or Komodo but we visit some pristine jungle in Flores when required  where you will see many things never seen during daylight hours
We do not include shopping etc unless specifically asked to do so because anyone can do that; but nobody else can give you our tours
Diving, snorkeling, mountain biking, etc are enjoyable and worth experiencing while you are there if you have time to stay for a few days
Simply tell us your priorities and we will design a tour to suit your requirements
Our price will be a little higher than other operators but that is because if you want to visit the Dragons for example, you dont want a maximum of 2 hours on Rinca and Komodo Islands and waste a lot of time doing very little. You want as much time as possible among the Dragons and that is exactly what we offer you 
Tours are available for any length of time and full flights boat transport and accommodation can be provided as required

Barbecue on the beach and at the hot spring

What we have done here is select the best of the best

Our guides are very experienced and the best we could find
Our timetables are flexible so that you can choose exactly where you want to spend more time
We know that you want to see Komodo Dragons living naturally
Everyone does
But there is also a lot more to see and do both in Flores and Kupang  
We designed this tour for animal and nature lovers who really want to get up close and personal with a very special part of the world
Flores Komodo and Rinca are justifiably world famous for the Komodo Dragons and the natural beauty of the entire area, so no visit to Indonesia is complete without visiting there
We have very carefully selected a group of spectacular additions that we recommend as a way to make this trip into something amazing
This tour will take you to other places seldom  visited by tourists so the jungles are natural, the oceans and beaches are pristine and the memories will be unforgettable

As the final pieces drop into place we will add them in here
But here are a few teasers to let you think about

10-day Nusa Tenggara Timur Ecotour – the tour to the hidden natural gems of Eastern Indonesia

Day    1:    Flight Denpasar - Labuan Bajo
                  ( transnusa,merpati and lionair)
Night  1:    Hotel Bayview Gardens

Day    2:   Trip to Pulau Rinca to see the Komodo dragons
                 National park rangers take the visitors on a tour for a couple of hours to see the dragons in their natural habitat
Night  2:    Hotel Bayview Gardens

Day    3:    Trip to Istana Ular, the snake cave 7 km north-east of Lembor / 70 km east of Labuan Bajo
              A local guide takes the visitors on a 2 hours' hike to the cave to see the phythons and bats
Night  3:    Hotel Bayview Gardens

Day    4:    Flight Labuan Bajo – Kupang
                  Visit to cave close to Kupang, option to have a swim in cave; food night market in Kupang
Night 4:    Hotel Maliana, Kupang
                  Indonesian breakfast at a warung/eatery on the  seafront with a nice view

Day    5:    Flight Kupang - Kalabahi
                  Boat journey to Beang
                  Beang is a totally unspoilt piece of paradise with very few visitors
Night 5:   Bungalows and/or tents, Beang             

Day    6:   Hike to Mt. Sirung crater
                 Route 1 via Darang - grass-thatched church (?) - and back via Kakamauta,

                or route 2 via Kakamauta  -
                Local guide (in Kakamauta)
                Lunch at Pak Feri Tai's
                (Mt.Sirung tour or the day trip with other tourists who are staying in Beang to Pasir Tiga Warna (Puntaru)/beach on Tereweng?/beach on Alor)
Night 6:  Bungalows and/or tents, Beang

Day   7:  Morning: visit to traditional sopi distillery
               Afternoon: Barbecue on the beach and at hot spring in Beang Bay

                Alternatively, forest and snake tour: boat trip to the southwestern tip of Pantar / hike through the  lush forest, looking for Python timorensis  and many other wonderful animals
Night 7:  Bungalows and/or tents in Beang

Day    8:  Boat trip to a lonely white sand beach near Manatang on the south-west coast of Alor, lunch on the beach
Night 8:  Bungalows and/or tents in Beang

Day    9:  Boat journey back to Kalabahi

               Visit to the traditional houses in Takpala
Night 9: Hotel Melati, Kalabahi

Day  10: (Visit to Museum 1000 Moko and/or local market, if there is time)

               Flight Kalabahi – Kupang and flight Kupang - Denpasar/Surabaya/Jakarta/Maumere etc.

               according to customers’ individual preferences
               (transnusa,merpati,batavia,garuda-indonesia,lionair and sriwijayaair)

At the end of the tour, if guests want to fly from Kupang to Maumere to visit Kelimutu, we can offer help with booking a hotel and a tour etc.

Similarly, we can offer the option of staying on in Alor for diving/snorkelling/beaches at La P’tite Kepa Homestay and Diving on Pulau Kepa, and flying back at a later date. Guests can stay in traditional Alorese houses and might see blacktips and turtles close to the beach.

We can offer this tour for 15, 000, 000 rupiah ( €1300), if it’s a group of 6 -12 people.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Some Rescues

First up is a lovely little Cobra we nicknamed Cobber
You may notice a very misshaped hood on this one
It had an argument with a terrier and the terrier removed a substantial chunk of flesh
I sewed it up and this was the result 6 weeks later
It was shedding and feeding well so was released deep into a National Park here

This is what is called an Elaphe Radiata or Radiated rat snake [ular tikus]
Non venomous and this one is showing how they all act when asked to go into into bag for relocation
The colour of this is pretty unusual as they are normally a vibrant green in Bali

Also released in the same park

This is a small reticulated python that had major skin loss on top of the head Ive put a couple of pics so you can see the healing power most reptiles have It was treated with a combination of honey and savlon and was given powerade baths to help hydrate Although it made a complete recovery it became very docile and too used to people so was given to a home where it will be well looked after                                                                  

The next photo clearly shows a mouth infection on the same python
which is fairly common in wild retics from this area

Breakfast time and nearly healed

We can only do our best and too often our best isnt good enough
Reptiles that have been hit by cars often slither away seemingly unhurt
But a huge number of those will die later from head or internal injuries

This is a stunning example of a normal coloured burmese being relocated. 




The pattern was exquisite

Next one was very pleasing

This was a burmese pretty badly burnt in a fire

Lots of weeping areas and blistering

After about 4 months and very little handling it was released as feisty as ever

So there are few of things we try to do

Most probably caused by humans of course, 2 different retics with nearly identical facial injuries

Friday, March 2, 2012

Banjarmasin[Borneo] Tours

Reptile Tour in South Kalimantan

Day 1            : Airport Banjarmasin - Sabamban - village-Angsana
                       5-hour trip
Night 1          : Finding reptiles in forest area Angsana
Day 2            : Angsana - Sabamban - Batu Licin
                       2 hours drive
                       Batu Licin - Port of Tanjung Attack - Kota Baru
                       2 hour crossing
                       Kota Baru - Oil Palm Company - Village Bakambit
                       2 hours drive
Bakambit village there is no electricity grid
                       Using a kerosene lamp / lantern

Night 2          : Finding animals in the forest area Bakambit
Day 3           : Village Bakambit - Oil Palm Company - Kota Baru
                      2 hours drive
                      Kota Baru - Port of Tanjung Attack - Batu Licin
                      2 hour crossing
                      Batu Licin - Banjarmasin Airport
                      6 hours

Welcome to Banjarmasin

Let us take you out for the day
early morning start with a visit to one of the best markets in asia
the famous banjar floating market
immediately afterwards we travel by boat up the river to find proboscis monkeys
and many types of birds in the river bank forests
as we return to banjar we cruise up and down a few canals to see the houses
mosques and shops built on stilts right above the water
as a grand finale we visit a small reptile collection with some magnificent animals
and rare flowers on display

if you need accommodation we can arrange that too very easily
one idea we totally recommend is to stay with a typical indonesian family
in a typical indonesian house eating their normal food and enjoying the fun with normal kids etc
it can be much better than sitting in a hotel room staring at four walls [also a lot cheaper]
if you want five star luxury we can probably get you a discount in those hotels too.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Tour a National Park in Sumatra with great guides

All inclusive package:

 3 days 2 nights, min 6 pax Rp. 1.500.000 [approx US$170] per pax

1. Local transportation during the tour.
2. Meals at different local restaurants so that you can enjoy the many flavours of Indonesia.
3. Experienced local guide who knows the area inside out.
4. 2 nights accommodation at a shelter inside the park.
5. All passes and permits.

Saturday, November 5, 2011


We are always happy to accept any help we can get

At the present time we are involved in several small operations around Bali
Volunteers may be involved with relocating reptiles from shops and houses
rehabilitation and release of reptiles back into the jungle
helping us to educate children by taking various reptiles to schools
night reptile surveys in specified areas, [night because most reptiles are nocturnal]

It is totally your choice which part or parts you feel most comfortable with

Unlike other Volunteer organisations there is absolutely zero payment or charge to you for your help
In fact we can even save you money by using our contacts to get you away cheaply to other places in Indonesia that are on your wish list

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Reptile Lovers Dream Tour Java 4days 3nights

This trip was put together by us to let reptile and animal lovers have the chance to see their favourite animals living wild and free in East Java
A perfect opportunity to watch a cobra or reticulated python out hunting and the number and colours of the frogs and lizards etc will amaze you
The exact locations of the night trips will vary from time to time as we continually look for new areas that are not easily accessible to other tourists; and have the maximum places and animals of interest in the smallest areas. Also at different times of the year different animals are easier to spot in varying areas and we want you to see the best tour we can possibly offer

Every night you will wander slowly through various areas to observe both reptiles and the many other creatures of the night in their natural surroundings
Each day there is another trip into areas full of beauty, animals and wonderful beaches

It is a 4day 3night trip that you will remember forever
This trip is not as strenuous as our South Borneo Jungle Walk but a reasonable degree of fitness is required
We recommend only small groups so that there is more opportunity to see everything but can arrange for larger groups as required

Everything is included in the price
From pick-up in Bali on day 1, back to Bali on day 4
All accommodation and food is supplied as well as an expert local guide

1 person 6.000,000IDR [approx AUD $650]
2 person 10,000,000IDR [approx AUD $1100]
4 person 16,000,000IDR [approx AUD  $1800]
Prices for larger groups on request

Jungle and Nature Trek South Borneo

This jungle walk is designed to fit your requirements
Each trip is slightly different depending on what you decide are the most important things to see and do
The duration of these trips is from 2 days to 11 days as you want

We have a very experienced local guide who loves nature and knows these areas well
He can find you exotic flowers, or butterflies, or reptiles and birds and has even found the elusive Borneo tiger on different trips

These trips are fairly rigorous so you will need to be reasonably fit
You will follow tracks and trails and do things and visit places never seen by tourists who only want air conditioned comfort

If fishing interests you here you can find Snakehead, Mahseer, and even the mighty Black Bass
Reptile lovers will have the chance to see reptiles such as Reticulated Burmese and Blood Pythons living as nature intended, and of course there are always various monkey species and literally hundreds of other other exotic animals inhabiting the virgin jungle areas that we recommend

Because every trip is different we can only price these when you tell us what you really want to see and do
[but you will be very pleasantly surprised  at the low cost]

These trips are exclusively designed by Bali Reptile Rescue and we cannot recommend them highly enough

Donations and Tour Payment Methods

Because we are totally privately funded we do several things to get money to be able to continue our work

We have arranged some of the best artists in Bali to paint an art work of your pet on Tshirts
We also promote individually selected works by some of these artists for sale at great prices

Payment Methods

*Donations can be very easily made using Paypal which costs you nothing to send money
Our Paypal is balireptilerescue@yahoo.com

Tours and Gifts
To give you 100% protection we accept Paypal

1. Payments are made via transfer to our account for 50% of the total cost 
2. Confirmation of payment can be made as follows:

     SMS by typing (reservation code, number of payments, bank purposes) to the number 0821 4638 0270
     Email proof of transfer to
     e-mail balireptilerescue@yahoo.com
3. Once we receive your payment, we will send you a voucher & invoice via e mail
4. The remaining payment is done at the time you arrive in Indonesia.

*Donations can also be transferred through

Name                  : SHINTA SUKMAWATI
Account Number  : 149-00-0548362-5

For further information please contact us.