I shall try to get back into the habit of sharing my regular photos from Phuket on the blog. I have only 7 weeks or so left in Thailand before I return to Slovakia over the summer and the move to Egypt to start a new job.
Some casual hikes this weekend produced some nice finds, including two Wagler’s pit vipers (Tropidolaemus wagleri), a Reticulated python (Python reticulatus) and a much appreciated Dog-toothed cat snake (Boiga cynodon). This was only the third or fourth time I have seen this cat snake species, the one in the photos was nearly two metres long! The previous weekend a forest hike produced some Oriental vine snakes (Ahaetulla prasina) and an Elegant bronzeback (Dendrelaphis formosus). Outside the house one day an Ornate fly snake was seen several times as it hunted lizards near the balcony.
This site was created in 2009 in order to share information and photography of field Herpetologist Matt Wilson as well as trip reports, photography and conservation of reptiles and amphibians. I have been conducting field trips since I was 15 years old and now at 34 I have gained invaluable experience thanks to over 50 excursions on the European continent and other parts of the world such as Latin America, North Africa and South-East Asia. The areas that I mostly visit are Greece and Spain, as I have a love for the Mediterranean herpetofauna. In particular I have been visiting Greek islands since I was very young and I find the diversity and ecological adaptations of species here very interesting.
Recently, I decided that it was time for the website to evolve from The European Amphibian & Reptile Blog to Amphibian & Reptile Travels. This is because I have now started traveling further a field to explore different aspects of my interest in herpetology and therefore the site would need a wider coverage of visits to other places outside of Europe. In addition, I am also interested in almost all other kinds of wildlife but I especially like watching and photographing mammals and birds. I currently live on the island of Phuket in Thailand but later in 2021 I will move to Egypt to start a new adventure.
CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org NOTE: This is not a page where I organise or advertise wildlife tours. This is a page were I merely share my own trips to different parts of the world to search for wildlife.
“When Matt spots my eye shine in his torchlight and approaches me, he does so without excessively shining the light into my eyes. Likewise as a delicate amphibian, he doesn’t handle me with his bare hands. He only takes a limited number of photos to avoid too much flash in my eyes! Overall he is a top bloke!”
— Long-nosed horned frog (Megophrys nasuta)
“Matt is a wonderful field naturalist who respects the animals and the environments he visits. When he visits myself and other adders he uses a zoom lens to take photos of us ‘in situ’ to avoid disturbing us during important times of the year. He also does not trample our habitat and if he does flip any rocks, he replaces them carefully. “
— A Lancashire Adder (Vipera berus)