Rainforest hike.

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 followed by a Red-necked Keelback (Rhabdophis subminiatus). Since the latter was only recently discovered to be highly venomous to humans, this snake managed to escape while I was attempting to take my glove out of my backpack. There was a similar calamity closer to our house a few hours later when I saw a beautiful, vivid specimen swim down a water channel, again no capture or photo. This snake has also been found dead on the road this week which indicates that it is a common snake on Phuket. A Golden tree snake (Chrysopelea ornata) was also freshly killed on agricultural land nearby.On Sunday while exploring the southern part of the island, we saw some huge Tokay geckos in the roof of a local restaurant and an unfortunate Green cat snake (Boiga cyanea) which had been run over.

By Matt Wilson

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