Richard Burger is a Cardiff student working on his PhD on pythons (in Malay ‘ular sawa’). Borneo happens to be the perfect place to study snakes as it is a mecca containing at least 150 different species, some still undiscovered. Beginning their arrival roughly 100 million years ago, somehow every snake has found its way to Borneo. The reticulated python is among one of the largest snakes on Earth and in fact the longest snake in the world (reaching up to ten meters long). The largest python that has been seen in the Kinabatangan was around six meters. To this date there is still little known about pythons in their natural habitat. Rich has been using GPS transmitters to track their movements which in turn will provide central data to better understand how the pythons are adapting to habitat fragmentation. This is the first time ever a reticulated python has been tagged with a GPS device! So far three snakes have been tagged with GPS and 38 pythons have been sampled. With this novel technology ecological information about these discrete animals will become more accessible. Rich’s study has a vast potential to provide fundamental knowledge to design and implement future management decisions to protect the pythons of Borneo. His research aims to deepen the understanding of their ecology and population size with hopes to further realize the pythons’ role in understanding the effects of habitat fragmentation. In addition to spatial ecology, there are a few other components to the study. Rich will also look at the molecular analysis of diet, parasite prevalence, and human conflict to get a more complete picture on how these animals differ between their natural habitat and palm oil plantations. Protection of the ancient Borneo rainforest ecosystem is of utmost importance. Researchers are doing critical work contributing to the pool of knowledge with each individual study. Rich’s study on pythons can be very foretelling as we strive to understand how to protect the world’s biodiversity while habitat continues to be lost.