A photographic book of herpetofauna

COLD INSTINCT is the first book released by the world renowned amphibian and reptile photographer, Matthijs Kuijpers. This publication is a photographic book of unparalleled quality featuring a vast range of cold blooded species from the depths of the world’s most intrepid jungles to the driest of deserts. Some of the species featured are exceedingly rare or have not yet been discovered and catalogued. Through Matthijs’ enigmatic photographs, you will witness the savage and breathtaking beauty of these creatures.


“What I want to show in my photos is the essence of the animal.”

Matthijs Kuijpers

This book is an unparalleled collection of some of the most peculiar species that has ever crawled or slithered on Earth; some of which are carefully dwelling in the most hidden crevices of the Planet! Fierce but fragile, this book allows you to see these animals in their true form: explore the shocking diversity of our collection of geckoes, snakes, iguanas and lizards, through more than 70 captivating portraits.

“I hope to remove misconceptions and fear that many commonly have in regards to coldblooded animals.”

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“All things are strange which are worth knowing.”

Catherynne M. Valente

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Our vision is to publish nature in an art book of the highest quality, a collectable coffee table book with dramatic photography. Support us to release the much sought after book by Matthijs. All Kickstarter pledges are introduction prices of The Cold Instinct Series, so you can be sure that you will get a great deal in the funding phase.