Amphibian & Reptile Travels

Monthly Archives: August 2017

Technically, we have already seen three Reticulated pythons (Python reticulatus) since we moved to Phuket. However, two of these were killed on the roads and the third was high up sleeping in a tree. So it was nice to finally see a python closeup on Friday evening, after this young individual crossed our path (around 1.2 metres long). We also saw a Sunbeam snake (Xenopeltis unicolor) but I just saw it’s tail vanishing… Read More

The past few days and nights there have been large numbers of snakes killed on the roads, including cobras, sunbeam snakes, keelbacks, ratsnakes and pythons. One of the most impressive snakes found dead was a large, Asian vine snake (Ahaetulla prasina). Fortunately, not long afterwards I found a live specimen of this snake and although they are quite common in Phuket, I was quite excited and took lots of photos. While driving… Read More

After some very heavy rain I could hear that there were a lot more amphibians calling so I decided to go for a short nocturnal drive on some local roads to see what was around. Apart from large numbers of live and dead amphibians, I soon came across a freshly killed Yellow and black rat snake (Orthriophis taeniurus). Soon after this we spotted a juvenile Green cat-eyed snake (Boiga cyanea) making it’s… Read More

After a busy week at work, myself and Kat were ready to get outdoors. We hiked a relatively long trail through some primary rainforest which ended up taking several hours. First, I spotted a baby Reticulated python (Python reticulatus) which despite my efforts, I was unable to encourage down from the tree. Kat then spotted a Mock viper (Psammodynastes pulverulentus) sitting by a stream (the photos are in situ) and this was… Read More

As I have never seen a King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) in the flesh before, I met with a local Phuket snake catcher who allowed me to photograph one of the cobras he had caught on the island. These are amazing snakes and this large male, originally from the foothills of northern Phuket island was a pleasure to photograph. Truly one of the most amazing snakes in the world. However, this particular snake catcher… Read More

3rd August Phuket Shani Cohen stayed at our place for the final night of his Thailand trip so we went out herping to two places I thought might be good. At the first spot, after observing several diurnal lizards sleeping in the vegetation Shani found a nice Oldham’s Bent-toed gecko (Cyrtodactylus oldhami). At the second spot the following morning, while myself and Kat took a leisurely walk to a waterfall, Shani spotted… Read More

Some already know, but perhaps most do not. I've now moved to Phuket island in Thailand! So I plan to update the page regularly and create a 'Thai dairies' page where I will upload my regular local amphibian and reptile findings from the island. As this is my first time in this area of the world, I welcome any corrections to species posted as I am not (yet) an expert on the… Read More