Photographing a Wagler's pit viper from Phuket

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Night herping in Phuket's jungle

Tour description in short

Location of Phuket on the map of Thailand

On our jungle night walk in Phuket we will be herping in the evergreen forested hills near streams.

With flashlights we will search the lower vegetation, high up trees, in holes, under rocks, in the leaf litter and so on to try and find the cool critters that call the island their home.

Why our jungle night walks?

This is your best chance to come close to the endemic Phuket Pit Viper (Trimeresurus phuketensis), the stunning Wagler's Pit Viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri), and all kinds of other snakes, frogs and lizards. Sometimes we are even lucky to see nocturnal mammals like slow loris or flying lemurs.

Do you need a break from your beach holiday? Then this herping trip is a great option for you!

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Night herping in Phuket's mangroves

Tour description in short

Location of Phuket on the map of Thailand

Our mangrove night walk in Phuket will allow you to explore the mangrove forest and coastal mudflats along the east coast.

Why our mangrove night walks?

Phuket has a decent diversity of snakes that occur in the mangroves. Species that are rare elsewhere, are seen relatively frequently in Phuket, like the Cantor's Mud Snake (Cantoria violacea), and the Crab-eating Mud Snake (Fordonia leucobalia). And you may even get lucky to see the Marine File Snake (Acrochordus granulatus). Well worth the visit!

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Our tours in Phuket

Location of Phuket on the map of Thailand

Phuket, the largest island of Thailand with millions of visitors every year. Even though continuously under pressure, there is still a fair bit of interesting natural habitat left. And it's even home to a couple endemic species found nowhere else. Join us on one of our tours on the island.

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A cinnamon tree frog up close.
A cinnamon tree frog, Nyctixalus pictus up close.

Why Phuket as a tour destination?

Maybe your family picked Phuket as a holiday destination to enjoy the beach, and you really need a break from all the sunbathing and hanging around the resort pool. Exploring the jungle at night in search for snakes, frogs, spiders, scorpions and other 'creepy crawlies' whilst listening to the natural choir of insects, frogs and flowing streams will recharge you for the next beach session. Or maybe you are already in the know of the endemic fauna and specifically chose Phuket for a dedicated herping trip to find some of Thailand's most beautiful vipers.

The local experience of our herping guides will significantly increase your chances to succeed in your quest to find your target species.

You won't regret it!

What are the available tour activities in Phuket?

An adult female Phuket pit viper.
An adult female Phuket pit viper, Trimeresurus phuketensis in the evergreen forest of Phuket.

Currently, we only offer night walks. If snakes are not your thing, don't worry. By the end of the trip, they will be!

There are also other reptiles and amphibians to be seen, sometimes birds, or if you are lucky even mammals like slow loris, flying lemurs, or the extremely rare Sunda pangolin.

Where are the tours taking place?

Our guides know their way around the various habitats available on the island. For the endemic Phuket Pit Viper (Trimeresurus phuketensis) and the stunning Wagler's Pit Viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri) we visit the forested hills. But for example, it's also possible to visit the mangroves for brackish water snakes. We will discuss the options depending on how many nights you have available, and your target species.

A Phuket stream toad posing on a leaf.
The beautifully marked endemic Phuket stream toad, Ansonia phuketensis posing on a leaf near a stream.

When is the best time for tours in Phuket?

A reticulated python hiding between the leaf litter.
A reticulated python hiding in the leaf litter. A lucky find on a night walk on Phuket.

These tours are available year-round, depending on guide availability. Success rates have been decent regardless of the season. But the period of July - October is typically considered the best.

Our team of guides in Phuket is very small. Therefore, it's recommended to book as far in advance as possible to avoid disappointments.

The rarely seen Marine File Snake is more aquatic than some of the other coastal snake species.
The rarely seen Marine File Snake, Acrochordus granulatus is more aquatic than most of the other coastal snake species on Phuket. This makes it harder to detect.

How much does a tour cost?

The rates can be found on the tour package webpages. All the tour packages in Phuket can be found at the top of this page. The button below will take you there.

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