Lifelong nature enthusiast, started chasing frogs and snakes while I was on holiday in Kefalonia as a child. From there I went on to study languages at university, work as a professional herpetologist for 8 years, then trained to be a teacher before moving to Thailand to work in one of the best international schools in S-E Asia.
Me with a Wagler’s pit viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri)
Staurois guttatus from Borneo
King cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) from Sumatra
Courting Adders (Vipera berus), UK
Malayan horned frog (Megophrys nasuta)

Matt Wilson

Teacher, Herpetologist, Photographer, Traveller, Language learner..

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.


Over the years I have made a number of contributions to the knowledge of herpetofauna, primarily in Greece and I list the most significant ones below. In more recent years as my photography improved, I have also had good numbers of my photographs of amphibians and reptiles included in some wonderful books and field guides.


Wilson, M. J. (2006): Herpetological observations on the Greek islands of Kefallinia and Zakynthos. – The Herpetological Bulletin, 97: 19-28.

Wilson, M. J. & H. Grillitsch (2009): The herpetofauna of Simi (Dodecanese, Greece). – Herpetozoa, 22(3/4): 99-113.

Wilson, M. J & I. Strachinis (2014) New record of Typhlops vermicularis Merrem, 1820 from Symi island, Greece, Herpetology Notes, volume 7: 9-10

Wilson, M., Stille, B. & M. Stille (2014): Herpetofauna of Paxos, Ionian Islands, Greece, including two new species new to the island. – Herpetozoa, 27(1/2): 108-112.

Martinez, L et al (including Wilson, M) (2018): Sierra Espuña, Naturaleza y Cultura, Natursport ,ISBN-10: 8496396754- Co-author of Chapter 3 (Reptiles)

Contributing photographer

Stille B and Stille M (2017) Herpetofauna of Corfu and adjacent islands, Edition Chimaria, ISBN-13: 9783899735246

Schultz, K-D (2013) Old World Ratsnakes: a collection of papers,ISBN 13: 9783874294355

Speybroeck et al (2016) Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Britain and Europe, Bloomsbury publishing, ISBN-13: 9781408154595

Vacher, J-P, Geniez, M (2011) Les Reptiles de France, Belgique, Luxembourg et Suisse, Publications Biotope, ISBN: 9782914817493

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