Amphibian & Reptile Travels

Monthly Archives: September 2017

Yesterday after arriving home from work, my neighbour Dave dropped by to say there was a big snake in his yard. Although I couldn’t find it at first, after five minutes or so we located a big Monocled cobra (Naja kaouthia) which was captured and the released in a suitable location. This is the third snake that Dave has had in his yard in recent weeks, they seem to be avoiding my… Read More

On Saturday evening we went for a short walk to a local waterfall with our colleague and neighbour Adrian. We saw several Phuket spiny lizards (Acanthosaura phuketensis) while they were sleeping and then a Mock viper (Psammodynastes pulverulentus). While driving home we also saw a Brown hawk owl (Ninox scutulata), a species I have seen several times without managing a photo. On Sunday afternoon after more heavy rain we went for a short walk… Read More

After very heavy rain, storms and flooding on the island this week myself, Kat and Paul headed out last night to see what was moving around. Amphibians were loving the conditions but we only found one snake despite my expectations that the conditions were perfect! A black-striped leaf turtle (Cyclemys oldhamii) was also seen in a small pond. Furthermore, I saw a Parachute gecko (Ptychozoon lionotum) at a close enough range for… Read More

On Friday evening, together with Paul Carter from the UK, we headed out to some inland forest to see what we could find. Species encountered included a juvenile of what I believe to be the endemic Phuket bent-toed gecko (Cyrtodactylus phuketensis), two Mock vipers (Psammodynastes pulverulentus) as well as the usual sleeping diurnal lizards. Some agricultural elephants were calling nearby and luckily we didn’t bump into them in the dark! On Sunday, while traveling… Read More

Despite a lack of rain recently, an amplexus pair of Common tree frogs (Polypedates megacephalus) crossed my path a couple of evenings ago. The only amplexus pair of frogs I have seen so far which indicates to me that these frogs have a longer breeding period than many of the other common amphibians on the island. That being said, after heavy rain at least four-five species of frog and toad can be heard… Read More