Snakes of Taiwan

from NT$28,000

Taiwan Herpetology Expedition

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It’s time to take out your check list and start crossing off species! Explore Taiwan’s incredible forests by night, searching for a variety of reptiles, both rare and common. Over 5 days you will hike Taipei City’s surrounding jungle, make your way south through mountainous terrain, and to the southern tip of Taiwan in search of endemics. If you are a herpetology nut, this trip is catered to you! If you have an interest in reptiles, wildlife, and Taiwan’s beautiful forests then we encourage you to join and see a side of Taiwan rarely seen by travelers.

Taiwan is a little known destination for herpetology, but has an abundance of species to view in their natural habitat! Be adventurous and explore with us!

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All about the Snakes of Taiwan.

Experience the jungles of Taiwan in a different light – no light to be exact. With just the headlamp glow we will search the forest floors, trees, and rivers for wildlife. Just outside the cityscapes of Taiwan lie an abundance of snakes and amphibians. While a variety of owls and mammals scatter around the forest trails by our side. Night hikes are the best way to spot these creatures while getting outside of your comfort zone.

Due to Taiwan’s unique ecology, Taiwan is home to 1,257 total species (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, fresh water fish). Twenty percent of the species are endemic to Taiwan; 32% of reptiles being endemic and a massive 46% of amphibians only found on the island of Taiwan.

Scheduled departure dates:

July 1, 2019

July 20th, 2019

 

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

Headlamp/Flashlight

Insurance

Guiding

Transportation

Accommodation

Meals as stated

What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

Snacks

Alcoholic Beverages

Water

Gratuities

 

  1. Day 1 Taipei

    Arrive in Taipei, get settled and explore the city sights. Taipei 101, Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, and more. Prepare for the first nights of herping.

    After dinner cruise to the forests surrounding Taipei for some excellent night hiking. Species most commonly found will be:

    Taiwan Habu (Protobothrops mucrosquamatus)

    Chinese Bamboo Pit Viper (Viridovipera stejnegeri stejnegeri)

    Greater Green Snake (Cyclophiops major)

    Formosan Wolf Snake (Lycodon ruhstrati ruhstrati)

    Square Headed Cat Snake (Boiga kraepelini)

     

    Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  2. Day 2 Taipei

    During the day explore the various temples of Taipei. Longshan Temple, Xintiang Temple and more have a wealth of history to them.

    At night, after dinner, we explore another location in the mountains of Taipei. Species most commonly found will be:

    Taiwan Habu (Protobothrops mucrosquamatus)

    Chinese Bamboo Pit Viper (Viridovipera stejnegeri stejnegeri)

    Greater Green Snake (Cyclophiops major)

    Red-Banded Snake (Dinodon rufozonatum)

    Square Headed Cat Snake (Boiga kraepelini)

    Many Banded Krait (Bungarus multicinctus multicinctus)

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 Taoyuan

    We will spend the day exploring gorgeous river canyons and waterfalls on the outskirts of Taipei before heading to one of the more heavily populated reptile areas in Northern Taiwan.

    We will explore along the road at night, searching for, among other more common species, the following:

    Chinese Mountain Snake (Plagiopholis styani)

    Taiwan Mountain Pit Viper (Trimeresurus gracilis)

    Alishan Habu (Ovophis monticola makazayazaya)

    Taiwan Beauty Snake (Orthriophis taeniurus friesi)

    Hundred Pacer Snake (Deinagkistrodon acutus)

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day 4 Kenting

    Transfer to the southern tip of Taiwan, and relax on the beach during the day. Snorkel, surf, suntan and get ready for our night walk through Kenting National Park.

    We will be on the look for the following species:

    Chinese Cobra (Naja atra)

    Russel’s Viper (Daboia russelli siamensis)

    Black-lipped Sea Krait (Laticauda laticaudata)

    Yellow-lipped Sea Krait (Laticauda colubrina)

    Black-banded Sea Krait (Pseudolaticauda semifasciata)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 Kenting - Taipei

    Today is the last day of the trip! Spend it at your leisure, whether relaxing on the beach, snorkeling in search of sea kraits, or taking an earlier train to Taipei.

     

    Meals: Breakfast
Square Headed Cat Snake