A year in Thailand!

It has nearly been a year since I moved to Thailand and there is not a day that goes by where I regret my decision. Professionally I now teach in a wonderful international school filled with students who wish to learn and a very supportive staff. From another point of view more relevant to my website is that I can explore my interest in herpetology in much greater depth having so many species living on my doorstep.

On Saturday I will fly to the United Arab Emirates for a week long field trip, swapping rainforest for desert. After that I will travel on to Slovakia and Hungary before heading back for a short while to the UK. By early August I will be back in Thailand!

Below are a collection of some of my photos from Phuket and southern Thailand this past year.

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By Matt Wilson

Temple viper on the hunt!

Last night while out looking for bats with Kat and Paul we came across a fantastic scene. This large Wagler’s pit viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri) was striking at bats as they were flying past. It only just missed a meal on a number of occasions and continued to move up and down the branch to try and get a better position for a strike. Despite watching it for over half an hour it was not successful, however I’m sure this is a good hunting spot for the snake with so many bats flying through every night

By Matt Wilson

Phuket observations in May

It’s been a busy time at work but I have had a number of good finds over the past month. I have done especially well with Wagler’s pit vipers (Tropidolaemus wagleri) having seen six females, including four big adults. Furthermore, I have found two Blood pythons (Python brongersmai) who sit in ambush each evening by their holes and have been around for over a month now.

In two weeks time I will leave Phuket for six weeks travelling to the UAE, Slovakia, Hungary and then the UK.

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Female Wagler’s pit viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri)

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Female Wagler’s pit viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri)

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Juvenile female Wagler’s pit viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri)

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Juvenile female Wagler’s pit viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri)

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Green cat snake (Boiga cyanea)

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Blood python (Python brongersmai)

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Female Wagler’s pit viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri)

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Mangrove cat snake (Boiga dendrophila)

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Young female Wagler’s pit viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri)

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Speckled vine snake (Ahaetulla fasciota)

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Female Wagler’s pit viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri)

By Matt Wilson