The Reptiles of the Daintree Rainforest

The Reptiles of the Daintree Rainforest

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 01/13/2017

Reading time: 3 mins

The Daintree Rainforest boasts some of Australia’s most diverse scenery, incorporating ancient plant life, stunning views, and a collection of incredible wildlife.

One of the most prominent types of animal you’ll find here is reptiles. They revel in the warm Australia temperatures and the seasonal tropical climates of the rainforest.

If you find yourself wandering through the forest, keep your eyes peeled for reptiles great and small. Here you can find crocodiles, one of Australia’s most prolific hunters, and smaller species that are native to the region.

Reptiles in the Daintree Rainforest

  • Crocodiles

    Australia is home to two different kinds of crocodile, but you’ll only find the saltwater crocs in the Daintree. There are about 70 adult crocs that live in the Daintree River, a picturesque landmark that weaves its way through the forest, the largest of which can grow up to 5 or 6 metres in length.

    Crocodile spotting is now a popular activity in the Daintree Rainforest. There are plenty of opportunities for visitors to get up close to these magnificent creatures. Learn more about their fascinating history, habitat, and behaviour in a river cruise.

  • Snakes

    Though some people might shy away from snakes, the species found in the Daintree Rainforest are beautiful. And only a little deadly. The vast majority of snakes in the forest are harmless to man. However, keep your eyes peeled for the Taipan, Eastern Brown, Death Adder, and Red-bellied Black, which can be very dangerous if disturbed.

    Aside from these deadly species, you can also spot the Amethystine Python. This impressive snake is the largest in Australia, which is the largest snake in Australia, clocking in at a whopping 8.5 metres in length.

Lizards and Other Reptiles

It’s not just snakes and crocs that’ll keep you on your toes in the Daintree. There are plenty of other reptiles to discover too. Look for Lace Monitor, the second largest Goanna in the country, Tree Monitors, and Black-tailed Monitors. These lizards have low bellies that drag along the floor and flicker their tongues as they hunt down carrion and bird eggs.

Elsewhere, you might spot an Eastern Water Dragon splashing about in the shallows. Look for  Boyd’s Forest Dragon, with its large spines and vibrant colouring, a Frilled Lizard that runs like a cartoon character on two legs, as well as Major Skinks, and the Northern Leaf-tailed Gecko.

The animal life in the Daintree Rainforest is nothing less than magnificent, especially the eclectic selection of reptiles that call the region home.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.