Phuket pit viper found on a herping night walk on Phuket

Jungle night herping in Phuket

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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Tour package summary

Activities

  • Wildlife watching
  • Field herping
  • Night walk(s)

Tour details

  • Night tour
  • Private tour
  • 900 - 4600 Baht (per person)
  • Difficulty level: Easy to moderate

What's included?

  • Expert herping guide (English)
A large <i>in situ</i> female Wagler's pit viper
A large in situ female Wagler's pit viper, Tropidolaemus wagleri. One of the stunning species that is seen on most of our Phuket herping tours.

Tour itinerary

Here follows the itinerary of our jungle night herping tours in Phuket

Day 1 (19:00 to ± midnight)
A mock viper resting on some vegetation.
A mock viper, Psammodynastes pulverulentus resting on some vegetation.

After meeting up with our guide, the night walk will begin. Exploring the forest with flashlights in search for everything that moves. If you have specific interests/target species, the guide will put an extra effort in searching the microhabitats that those species prefer.

The terrain is not all flat, but not too physically demanding. If you have some doubts about your physical condition, please, discuss this during the booking process so we can look for a suitable solution.

Please, notify us in advance if you would like to finish by a specific time. There are options to cut the walk short.

Smith's Spadefoot Toad in the leaf litter.
Smith's Spadefoot Toad, Leptobrachium smithi in the leaf litter.

Extra information about the tour destination

Green Cat Snake, a nocturnal arboreal predator that can be found on Phuket.
Green Cat Snake, Boiga cyanea a nocturnal arboreal predator that can be found on Phuket.

The area is home to all kinds of exciting species. Some are rare, others are seen fairly frequently. There's a chance to see the endemic Phuket Pit Viper (Trimeresurus phuketensis) and one of Thailand's most beloved vipers, the Wagler's Pit Viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri). Oriental Vine Snake (Ahaetulla prasina), Common Mock Viper (Psammodynastes pulverulentus), Striped Bronzeback (Dendrelaphis caudolineatus), Dog-toothed Cat Snake (Boiga cynodon), White-spotted Cat Snake (Boiga drapiezii), Malayan Bridle Snake (Lycodon subannulatus), and the list goes on. The area is also home to some more rare species like Malayan Krait (Bungarus candidus), Brongersma's Blood Python (Python brongersmai), Speckle-headed Vine Snake (Ahaetulla fasciolata). And besides the snakes, there are cool frogs and lizards like the Smith's Litter Frog (Leptobrachium smithi), Cambodian Parachute Gecko (Gekko tokehos), Phuket Rock Gecko (Cnemaspis phuketensis) and many more.

The locations are fairly central on the island. But Phuket is a large island, therefore the travelling time from and back to your hotel may in certain cases take up a fair bit of time.

You are expected to find your own transport to the night walk location and back. We will inform you about the exact location during the booking process.

Our tours can take off every day of the year, as long as our guide is available. Booking in advance is recommended!

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How much does a tour cost?

These are the rates (per person) for our jungle night herping package based on your group size. And feel free to check out our other packages in Phuket, below.

Group size: Rate per person:
1 Person 4600 Baht
2 People 2400 Baht
3 People 1700 Baht
4 People 1400 Baht
5 People 1200 Baht
6 People 1100 Baht
7 People 1000 Baht
8 People 900 Baht
Age: Reduction:
4 to 12 years -200 Baht
0 to 3 years free

What's included?

  • Expert herping guide (English)

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