Man Spends 30 Years Photographing the Most Bizarre Cold-Blooded Animals on Earth

His stunning animal portraits have made him one of the most renowned photographers in the world.

Nile crocodile

Crocodilus niloticus, Nile crocodile, Africa

Cameroon dwarf gecko

Cameroon dwarf gecko (Lygodactylus conraui)

Lothara's gecko

Lothara's gecko (Paroedura lohatsara)

Guatemalan beaded lizard

Guatemalan beaded lizard (Heloderma charlesbogerti)

Green tree python, Morelia viridis

Green tree python, Morelia viridis

Photo of Cold Blooded Animals by Matthijs Kuijpers

Cold Instinct is his first publication and features over 70 photos of exotic reptiles and amphibians.

Phyllomedusa bicolor, Giant Leaf Frog

Phyllomedusa bicolor, Giant leaf frog

Red-bellied Shortneck Turtle by Matthijs Kuijpers

Red-bellied Shortneck Turtle (Emydura subglobosa)

Corsican fire salamander, Salamandra corsica

Corsican fire salamander, Salamandra corsica

Azure Dart Frog

Dendrobates tinctorius azureus, Azure Dart Frog, Suriname

Collett's snake, Pseudechis colletti

Collett's snake, Pseudechis colletti

European green lizard (Lacerta viridis) male

European green lizard (Lacerta viridis) male

It's his hope that the world will shine a light on the beauty of these cold-blooded species.

Western green mamba

Western green mamba (Dendroaspis viridis)

Boophis luteus

Boophis luteus, Madagascar

White-lipped island pit vipe

White-lipped island pit viper (Trimeresurus albolabris insularis)

Amazonian horned frog (Ceratophrys cornuta)

Amazonian horned frog (Ceratophrys cornuta)

Matthijs Kuijpers - Cold Instinct

Matthijs Kuijpers – Cold Instinct, Atelopus spumarius barbotini

Corallus batesii,Amazon Basin Emerald Tree Boa, Brazil

Corallus batesii, Amazon Basin Emerald Tree Boa, Brazil

Matthijs Kuijpers: WebsiteFacebook | Instagram
Cold Instinct: Website | Indiegogo | Instagram

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Matthijs Kuijpers.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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