The most poisonous reptiles in the world

The most poisonous reptiles in the world

“I travel the world to find and see the strangest, most poisonous and beautiful reptiles and amphibians”, says photographer Matthijs Kuipers. His book project, titled Cold Instinct, aims to depict a vast variety of animals from the depths of the most intrepid jungles to the most arid deserts. “Some of the species presented are extremely rare or have not yet been discovered and catalogued”he explains. Crowdfunding campaign launched.

“I started photographing wild animals at the age of 18, including reptiles.  I grew up and after 28 years I have a very large collection of photos of reptiles and amphibians, this photo shows a cataphract Zonure or Cordyle.  This is a species of heavily armored lizard whose behavior is unique: when threatened, they curl up into a ball.  They live in groups and are only found in a small part of South Africa.

Ouroborus cataphractus. | Matthijs Kuipers

“I started photographing wild animals when I was 18, including reptiles. I grew up and after 28 years I have a very large collection of photographs of reptiles and amphibians. This photo shows the cataphract Zonur or Cordyle. This is a species of heavily armored lizard whose behavior is unique: when threatened, they curl up into a ball. They live in groups and are only found in a small part of South Africa.”

“I got my first snake at the age of 10 and I am completely addicted to these animals.  `  16 years old, my room was full of them.  `  At the age of 18, I visited Madagascar and saw many reptiles and amphibians in the wild.  i started to photographing them and i never stopped from.  In this photo we see Achaetulla mysterizanskaya.  It is a diurnal active snake species that hunts.  view where his big eyes come from.  They are very long and thin, and I really like this photo for the way he looks at me.”

Akhetulla is mysterious. | Matthijs Kuipers

“I got my first snake when I was 10 years old and I was completely dependent on these animals. When I was 16, my room was full of them. When I was 18, I went to Madagascar and saw many reptiles and amphibians in the wild. I started taking pictures and haven’t stopped since. In this photo we see Achaetulla mysterizanskaya. It is a type of diurnal active snake that hunts visually, hence its large eyes. They are very long and thin, and I really like this photo because of the way he looks at me.”

“I travel the world to find and see the strangest, most poisonous and beautiful reptiles and amphibians.  Due to the incredible speed with which the world is changing and the disappearance of fauna, the task is daunting.  rediscovered a few years ago.  These are unique animals that are threatened by the ongoing deforestation of the island where they live.  they live, Borneo.

Lanthanotus borneensis. | Matthijs Kuipers

“I travel the world to find and see the strangest, most poisonous and beautiful reptiles and amphibians. Given the incredible speed at which the world is changing and the disappearance of wildlife, the task becomes daunting. The real dragon of our time, Lantanotus Borneensis, was rediscovered a few years ago. These are unique animals that are threatened by ongoing deforestation on the island of Borneo where they live.”

“I see a picture of a reptile, I read a scientific article about a recently discovered animal, or a very old book, or Google it, and I try to find it myself.  Chalcides sexlineatus is a species of burrowing (i.e. living underground) lizard that is very rare and found in most 39 species. It is found only on the island of Tenerife, which is part of the Canary Islands.  I love the colors and their brilliance.

Chalkids are sexline. | Matthijs Kuipers

“I see a photo of a reptile, I read a scientific article about a recently discovered animal, or a very old book, or Google it, and I try to find it myself. Chalcides sexlineatus is a species of burrowing (i.e. living underground) lizard that is very rarely seen and found only on the island of Tenerife, which is part of the Canary Islands. I love the colors and the sparkle they have.”

“I have two different settings for pictures.  One for extreme travel, in the middle of the rainforest, dessert or whatever, consisting of: a few reporter flashes (Nikon SB-5000), my photography equipment and a black suit in which I photograph about 50% of my photos.  The other half have been photographed with multiple studio flashes in zoos, private collections or breeding centers around the world.  Laemanctus serratus is a slow ambush predator.  It is found in the treetops of Central America.

Lemanctus toothed. | Matthijs Kuipers

“I have two different setups for shots. One for extreme driving, in the middle of the rainforest, dessert or whatever, consisting of several reporter flashes (Nikon SB-5000), my camera and a black piece of clothing with which I photograph about 50% of my shots. The other half have been photographed with multiple studio flashes in zoos, private collections or breeding centers around the world. Laemanctus serratus is a slow ambush predator. Found in the treetops of Central America.

“There are many difficulties in this kind of work.  The trips take place in some of the most isolated regions of the world, inland, in Papua New Guinea, in the remote mountains of Suriname near illegal gold mines (and with armed miners), in Madagascar near where gangs operate in South Africa, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, diseases are present and armed groups, wild animals, mosquitoes, etc.  Not to mention that photographing the most venomous snakes in the world is extremely dangerous and is not covered by any insurance in some regions of Morocco.”

Naja legionis. | Matthijs Kuipers

“There are many difficulties in this kind of work. The trips take place in some of the most isolated places in the world, inland, in Papua New Guinea, in the remote mountains of Suriname, next to illegal gold mines (and with armed miners), in Madagascar, close to places where gangs are rampant, in South Africa . , Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, where there are diseases and armed groups, wild animals, mosquitoes, etc. Not to mention that photographing the most venomous snakes in the world is extremely dangerous and not covered by any insurance. The Egyptian cobra is a spectacular and highly venomous snake species endemic to parts of Morocco.

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Dendroaspis viridis. | Matthijs Kuipers

“Western green mamba or Guinean green mamba is one of the largest, fastest, smartest and most venomous snake species.”

“The blue dendrobat is an endangered species that lives in some tropical forests on the border between Suriname and Brazil.  It has some of the brightest colors of any frog.

Dendrobat dyed azure. | Matthijs Kuipers

“The blue dendrobat is an endangered species that lives in several tropical forests on the border between Suriname and Brazil. She has some of the most showy colors of any frog.”

Uracentron Azureum. | Matthijs Kuipers

“Uracentron azure is unique and there are almost no photographs of this animal. It inhabits the treetops and lives high in the Amazon rainforest in South America. They are big termite eaters and their colors are impressive.”

“Uroplatus phantasticus is a marvel of adaptation.  The tail looks like a dead leaf and is not visible between the leaves of the rainforest.  Unfortunately, it is endangered due to deforestation in Madagascar.

Uroplatus is fantastic. | Matthijs Kuipers

“Uroplatus phantasticus is a marvel of adaptation. The tail looks like a dead leaf and is not visible among the leaves of the rainforest. Unfortunately, it is endangered due to deforestation in Madagascar.”

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