Bobby Bok

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Bobby Bok is a biology teacher from the Netherlands with a passion for amphibians and reptiles. Ever since early childhood he’s very much enjoyed standing knee-deep in ditches in the Dutch polder landscape, trying to catch frogs and newts! The nearby dunes provided a vast playground where little gems such as Sand Lizards (Lacerta agilis) and Natterjack Toads (Epidalea calamita) were waiting to be discovered. On holidays abroad he could never sit still and spent his time chasing amphibians and reptiles. 

Bobby never lost his fascination for these animals and to this day his biggest passion remains traveling the globe and strolling through natural landscapes, searching for amphibians and reptiles. His travels take him all over the world – he’s searched the deserts of Iran to see species such as Spider-tailed Viper (Pseudocerastes urarachnoides), observed Hula Painted Frogs (Latonia nigriventer) in Israel, Rhinoceros Viper (Bitis nasicornis) in the jungles of Uganda and Nimble Long-limbed Salamander (Nyctanolis pernix) in tiny underground caverns in Mexico. He also leads groups of students to Spain and Greece.

Within Europe Bobby undertook the challenge to see all the species living on the continent, which was achieved by seeing the final species on his list – the Pori Wall Lizard (Podarcis levendis) on the remote Greek islet of Pori. Together with a group of befriended herpetologists he has written the 'Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Britain and Europe' which has been greatly received.

Bobby very much enjoys showing people the beauty and value of nature. As a biology teacher and tour leader he hopes to pass on some of his enthusiasm, knowledge and passion on our herping tours. He is fluent in Dutch, English and German.

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