Amphibian & Reptile Travels

Monthly Archives: January 2018

On Saturday morning when we went for a walk, we came across a small snake that I could not identify. All I knew was that it would not be highly venomous, so I took a series of photos. Later on it was confirmed by Vern Lovic that this is indeed a rare snake in Thailand, called the Orange-bellied snake (Gongylosoma baliodeirus). In addition, we came across a small Oriental vine snake (Ahaetulla… Read More

One of my most recent projects on Phuket aside from photographing amphibians and reptiles has been to get photographs of the elusive Oriental Bay owl (Phodilus badius). Owls are my favourite birds and before I moved to Thailand I knew this was the species that I most wanted to see. Together with Kat and Paul we were finally successful on Friday evening on what was our third or fourth attempt at finding this… Read More

Well, kind of. January is still quite a good time to see reptiles in Thailand although the weather is mostly dry at the moment with quite a few windy days and nights with ‘cold’ night temperatures of around 26C! However, during our drives around the island this weekend we moved an Indochinese rat snake (Ptyas korros) from a water channel, found a pretty Red-necked keelback (Rhabdophis subminiatus) from a different water channel… Read More

The title pretty much says it all really. After we had a meal out on Friday evening I drove a coastal Phuket road and found this Mangrove pit viper (Trimeresurus purpureomaculatus). Also a Malayan krait (Bungarus candidus) crossed the road a little further along but it moved off too quickly into the roadside vegetation before I could get to it for some photographs. UPDATE: the following evening I visited this road again… Read More

My first few outings in 2018 have been relatively successful here on Phuket. In terms of snakes over the course of the Christmas holidays I have seen a female Phuket pit viper (Trimeresurus phuketensis), a Malayan krait (Bungarus candidus), a mock viper (Psammodynastes pulverulentus), a green cat snake (Boiga cyanea), a red-necked keelback (Rhabdophis subminiatus), an Oriental rat snake (Ptyas mucosa) and an Asian vine snake (Ahaetulla prasina). Although some of these… Read More