Evergreen forests have flourished in the hilly ecosystem of the Northeast and Southeast Bangladesh.
This is one of the major Rainforests of Bangladesh.
As such the forest, moist from the waterfalls coming down the small hillocks and hills, is rich in floral diversity.
The canopy, understory and forest floor plants are one of the prominent features of Evergreen forest.
Here, plants flourish quite densely.
For this reason, various reptile species are found in Evergreen forest.
As they mostly roam in Evergreen forests, they are known as Reptiles of Evergreen forests.
Asian Brown Tortoise is a prominent reptile of the Evergreen forest.
It is the largest turtle of Asia.
Regionally, it is also known as Giant Hilly Tortoise.
They are found in the Evergreen forest of Chattogram Hill Tracts.
This reptile has quite strong carapace and legs.
So, they can easily move on land.
A small number of Elongated Tortoise are seen in the Evergreen forest of Chattogram.
In Bangladesh they are a critically endangered reptile.
Square black blotches on their scutes make them vibrant.
They roam in the cover of bushes.
And, the quite small Indian Leaf turtle is seen in the streams.
It has brown dorsal shell, and looks a lot like leaf.
The globally critically endangered, Arakan Forest Turtle also roams the Evergreen forests.
In Bandarban’s deep forests they still survive in small numbers.
Snake encompasses a large part of the Reptiles.
Snakes of various color, size and shape are available in Evergreen forests of Sylhet, Chattogram and Chattogram Hill Tracts.
Among them, the Reticulated Python is prominent.
It is the world's longest snake.
They can reach almost 28 feet in length.
Inhabit the deep forests.
Being large in size, they are more endangered.
A few Mock Vipers are also seen here.
They are mildly venomous.
Mostly seen in the foliage of the forest bush.
Assam Snail-eaters move about the same territory.
They are arboreal and nocturnal.
Usually come out to eat the arboreal snails at night.
In the deep forests of Sylhet and Chattogram roam Tawny Cat Snake.
They remain camouflaged with the foliage.
Rednecked Keelback are also seen here.
Though they are terrestrial, can climb trees.
If frightened or disturbed, their neck turns red.
Which is why, they are named so.
Again, though found elsewhere in Bangladesh, world's largest venomous King Cobra, the deadly venomous Pit Viper and attractive Ornate Flying Snake are found in the Evergreen Forest.
Among the Evergreen forest reptiles, species of Lizard like animals are noticeable.
Green Fan-throated lizards are found in our Evergreen forests.
Generally, they inhabit the bushy edges of the forest.
Khasi Hills Long-tailed Lizards are seen in the Evergreen forest.
Usually they camouflage themselves in the bushes.
Flying Lizard is a rare reptile of the Chattogram Hill Tract forests.
They glide from branch to branch.
Besides, various Skink species roam the Evergreen forests.
They are quite attractive in looks.
Feeding on insects, they maintain the natural balance.
Along with lizards, various species of snakes and turtles play vital role in maintaining the balance of Evergreen forests.
But, due to lack of food and habitat, caused by deforestation, most Evergreen forest reptiles are endangered.
Reptiles are also rapidly decreasing due to illegal poaching.
As a result, the overall ecosystem of Evergreen forest is being damaged.
Therefore, to conserve the Reptiles of Evergreen forests there is no alternative to preserving the Evergreen forest itself.
So, with collective participation of all, proper initiatives have to be taken to conserve the Evergreen forests’ reptiles as well as other animals.
Only then, Reptiles of Evergreen forest will sustain, and so will the Evergreen forests.