About me


Me with an in situ female Wagler’s pit viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri) in Phuket. Thanks Ryan Lunney for the photo.

This site was created in 2009 in order to share information and photography of field Herpetologist Matt Wilson as well as trip reports, photography and conservation of reptiles and amphibians. I have been conducting field trips since I was 15 years old and now at 31 I have gained invaluable experience thanks to over 50 excursions on the European continent and other parts of the world such as Latin America, North Africa and South-East Asia. The areas that I mostly visit are Greece and Spain, as I have a love for the Mediterranean herpetofauna.  In particular I have been visiting Greek islands since I was very young and I find the diversity and ecological adaptations of species here very interesting.

Recently, I decided that it was time for the website to evolve from The European Amphibian & Reptile Blog to Amphibian & Reptile Travels. This is because I have now started travelling further a field to explore different aspects of my interest in herpetology and therefore the site would need a wider coverage of visits to other places outside of Europe. In addition, I am also interested in almost all other kinds of wildlife but I especially like watching and photographing mammals and birds. I currently live on the island of Phuket, Thailand where I work as a Secondary teacher in an international school.

E-mail: mjwilsonherp1@gmail.com

Brongersma’s short-tailed python (Python brongersmai) from Phuket, Thailand. One of my main finding highlights in 2018.

One of my favourite subjects from south Thailand, the Wagler’s pit viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri)

Male Phuket pit viper (Trimeresurus phuketensis) an endemic species from my current location in Thailand.

A female Phuket pit viper (Trimeresurus phuketensis) from the rainforests of Phuket island.

King cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) another highlight from 2018, this one from Krabi, S.Thailand.

A Phuket tree agama (Acanthosaura phuketensis), an endemic forest lizard from Phuket, Thailand.
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