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.


Female Wagler’s pit viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri)


Female Wagler’s pit viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri)


Juvenile female Wagler’s pit viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri)


Juvenile female Wagler’s pit viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri)



Green cat snake (Boiga cyanea)



Blood python (Python brongersmai)


Female Wagler’s pit viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri)



Mangrove cat snake (Boiga dendrophila)


Young female Wagler’s pit viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri)



Speckled vine snake (Ahaetulla fasciota)



Female Wagler’s pit viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri)

By Matt Wilson