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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Here follows the itinerary of our jungle night herping tours in Phuket
Day 1 (19:00 to ± midnight)
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.
Extra information about the tour destination
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!