Reptile and amphibian tours are growing in popularity. This is not surprising as there are more than 11,000 unique and captivating reptiles to be found in the world and more than 8,000 frogs, toads, salamanders and newts! Many of these species display vivid colours, patterns and body shapes that make finding them a real experience, particularly for wildlife photographers. And their often bizarre characteristics and behaviours can be even more enthralling than you find with mammals and birds, with which...
Reptile and amphibian toursare growing in popularity. This is not surprising as there are more than 11,000 unique and captivating reptiles to be found in the world and more than 8,000 frogs, toads, salamanders and newts! Many of these species display vivid colours, patterns and body shapes that make finding them a real experience, particularly for wildlife photographers. And their often bizarre characteristics and behaviours can be even more enthralling than you find with mammals and birds, with which we are possibly more familiar.
Topping the list of countries with the greatest number of different amphibian species are the South American nations of Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. The Amazon rainforest shelters such wonders as the poisonous Golden Dart Frog or the Surinam Toad that hatches its young from under the skin of its back.
Not far behind South American countries in its variety of amphibian species is Asia. You can enjoy a bespoke amphibian tour in Sabah, for instance, that focusses particularly on that country’s amazing frog and toad species. These include the Bornean Horned Frog and the Giant River Toad, for instance.
A reptile tour can take you to the wilds of Australia, a country that has more reptile species than any other. Of course there are the classic fresh and saltwater crocodiles to admire – from a distance! But there are also animals such as Lace Monitors and Eastern Water Dragons that inhabit the riversides as reminders of our prehistoric past. Or the Thorny Devil in the red desert interior, and the Frilled Lizard that raises the skin of its throat around its head like an umbrella.
Alternatively, you could head for Asia to see the long-nosed Gharials of India, or visit countries such as Namibia in Africa to wonder at the variety of chameleons, skinks and geckos that can be found there. The world is full of amazing reptiles and viewing them can be combined with a birding or mammals tour to give you a complete nature experience.
Our growing collection of reptile and amphibian tours listed are linked to the tour operator or company that is best placed to introduce you to these spectacular species and their habitats. Use the enquiry form on each tour operator’s page to ask about what organised or bespoke tours are available.
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