A nice discovery..

As well as trying to be an awesome teacher now I live on Phuket I also want to work closely with the local herpetofauna when I am able to, maybe even helping in their conservation. Last night, Kat and I had a fantastic find of a male Phuket pit viper (Trimeresurus phuketensis) in a part of the island where this species has not been found before. They were only previously known from one area of Phuket and it is great news for the species that they do indeed live elsewhere in the little suitable habitat that remains here. Furthermore at this same location I also saw a large adult individual of the Phuket bent-toed gecko (Cyrtodactylus phuketensis), again the first time this species has been found in this part of the island.

I have also made a dedicated Phuket photo album which I will continue to update each time I find something interesting. Click here to view the album.

ESP: Además de intentar ser un profe estúpendo ahora que vivo en Phuket también quiero trabajar de cerca con la herpetofauna local cuando pueda, tal vez ayudándolos en su conservación. Anoche, Kat y yo tuvimos un encuentro fantástico de un macho de la víbora de Phuket (Trimeresurus phuketensis) en una parte de la isla en la que no se ha visto previamente la especie. Hasta ahora, se conocían ser presente en solamente una zona de Phuket y se trata de una buena noticia para la especie que de hecho vive en otros lugares en el hábitat reducido que queda allí. Además en esta misma zona vi un individuo grande del gecko (Cyrtodactylus phuketensis), la primera vez que esta especie ha sido encontrada en esta parte de la isla. 

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Phuket pit viper (Trimeresurus phuketensis)

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Phuket pit viper (Trimeresurus phuketensis)

By Matt Wilson

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