Stunning images taken by an amphibian and reptile expert reveal the mysterious hidden world of some of the most dangerous cold-blooded animals on earth.
The incredible pictures show a series of animals on all continents – except Antarctica – and include the bright eyes of an albino alligator, the well-camouflaged Satanic Leaf-Tailed Gecko and the radiant lower abdomen of the Purple Harlequin toad.
Other recordings show the omnivorous Western Blue-Tongued Skink lizard, the plant-like Vietnamese mossy frog and a two-headed corn snake.
The remarkable photos are shown in the new book by photographer Matthijs Kuijpers, Cold Instinct.
Up close and personal images that capture the amazing details of amphibians and reptiles around the world are reflected in a new book Cold Instinct. Many of the photos show bizarre-looking creatures such as this diabolical leaf-tail gecko, an endangered species from Madagascar with a tail that mimics a leaf with eyes that allow them to hunt & # 39;
The book contains 72 creatures, including rare species such as the West Blue Tongued Skink lizard, the plant-like Vietnamese mossy frog and the purple Harlequin frog are just a few of the animals on display. The image above shows an Azure dart frog that can be found in Suriname in South America
The book is from the Dutch amphibian and reptile photographer Matthijs Kuijpers who has traveled the world for the past 30 years in search of bizarre and rare species. The image above shows one of the rare species in his book, a western bluetongue lizard that is originally for Australia, but can also be found in nearby New Guinea and Indonesia.
He has traveled the last 30 years looking for these species and a total of 72 animals are included.
& # 39; Amphibians may seem scary at first, but they are much more vulnerable than they appear & # 39 ;, is on the Kickstarter page.
& # 39; Their survival is threatened daily by threats of climate change, pollution and poaching. Loss of habitats is the greatest threat to cold species in Europe.
& # 39; Some reptiles and amphibians have cleverly adapted to the threatening conditions, but they need constant protection.
Mr. Kuijpers (photo) says that he always takes photos in the local region where the animals are found. He said: I shoot everywhere in the same style, rainforest with a mobile flash installation or mobile studio in the western world & # 39;
Mr. Kuijpers wanted his photos to focus on the animal and remove stereotyped ideas that we associate with their environment: & # 39; no backgrounds and no distractions & he said. The image above shows a Vietnamese mossy frog (Theloderma corticale), found in his home town of Vietnam
Kuijper's childhood passion for photography and wild animals also saw him leave school to go to Madagascar and work with reptiles and amphibians. The Masobe Gecko (Paroedura masobe, pictured) is a small reptile that is seriously threatened and is found in Madagascar, where it lives on a low altitude on the ground.
The photo shows an Albino alligator (Alligator missippienssis) photographed in captivity in the Everglades, North America and seen in Cold Instinct. Also known as the white alligator, it is native to the swamps of Louisiana and is one of the rarest animals in the world, of which only 12 are known
According to the page of the book about kickstarter, the photos show some of the most extraordinary animals that the author has seen. The image above is of a purple harlequin toad or & # 39; pink toad & # 39; which the photographer states as being photographed as one of his favorite animals
& # 39; Their survival is threatened daily by threats of climate change, pollution and poaching. Habitat loss is the biggest threat to cold species in Europe & # 39 ;, writes the author on the Coldstinct kickstarter page. The image above shows a picture of the toad of the Guiana Schildblad, found in Suriname and French Guaina in South America
& # 39; Our hope is to make aware of how much these little boys need our attention. We need to know how we can help protect them; but for that we need to find out more about them.
& # 39; Did you know that about 86 percent of the species on earth are still waiting to be found? Most of those beings can die out before we get the chance to recognize them.
& # 39; Every year around 18,000 new species are discovered and classified. We believe that around 20,000 species die out annually. & # 39;
The photographic project, Kuijpers argues, is intended to combat stereotypes related to animals.
He hopes by photographing their beauty with spontaneous photographs People will leave the fear and negative thoughts that often surround them.
He left the school to go to Madagascar and work with reptiles and amphibians and spent most of the past three decades on the project.
The photo shows a rock monitor (Varanus albigularis) which is often referred to as the black-throated monitor, a lizard that is common in Central, East and South Africa.
"Reptiles and amphibians are some of the most affected animals due to climate change and habitat loss," said the creators of the book. The photo shows a Siamese peninsula Pitviper featured in the book found in Malaysia. It has a clear red and white stripe that runs along the side of its body and a red-brown tail
The book Cold Instinct has already exceeded the promise goal of £ 9,300 which could put it under pressure. There are still 37 days to go until the end of the promise. The photo shows the map of all locations where the 70 creatures can be found in the world
During his excursions, Mr. Kuijpers said that he had some near-death experiences, including being bitten by a venous snake and having to spend a week in a hospital. The photo above shows an Atheris hispida, a poisonous species of viper that occurs only in Central Africa with different inverted scales and a bushy appearance
Cold Instinct (photo) is described as & # 39; an unparalleled quality photographic book with photos of shockingly beautiful snakes, iguanas, geckos, toads and more & # 39; on the Kickstarter page. The book is 152 pages long and contains 72 different types. It achieved the goal of the Kickstarter promise on April 22
The image shows a Bitis nasicornis, a poisonous viper snake also known as a river jack that occurs in Cold Instict. It is brightly colored and lives in the rainforests and swamps of West and Central Africa. The reptile has a large body with an average length of 28-35 inches (70-90 cm) and prefers wet or humid environments. Their scales are rough and strongly defined
Between 25 and 30 of the creatures in the book are vulnerable or at risk. The image above shows a Plumed Basilisk, found in lower-lying Central America in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama along foliage areas along waterways
The picture shows a Beauty rat snake (orthriophis taeniurus) with a long and thin body and originates from East and Southeast Asia, such as Taiwan.
& # 39; Our hope is to make aware of how much these little boys need our attention. We need to know how we can help protect them; but for that we need to find out more about them & # 39 ;, said the makers of the book. The image above shows a page in the book of a Jackson chameleon, a colorful creature from East Africa, such as in Kenya. The creature has since been introduced to Hawaii and other parts of North America