My personal life-list

Having spent a significant amount of time in some of the best national parks of Thailand, I’m fortunate to have seen a long list of species.
Reptiles & mammals are my primary goals when visiting the Thai jungles, but I do enjoy the more colorful bird species as well to fill up the time between the mammal and herpetofauna sightings 😉 .

Dhole in Khao Yai

Dhole, Cuon alpinus feeding on Sambar Deer carcass in Khao Yai national park, Thailand.

Without a doubt, the highlight of it all is the Clouded Leopard; the most beautiful cat in the world I dare to say.
Also one of the most elusive species around. Still, I have been extremely fortunate to see this species more than once. The very first encounter being the most unforgettable.
A female with two large cubs crossed the road while we were on a night drive in Khao Yai national park. The two cubs slowly followed their mother into the jungle, but showed little fear and looked us straight in the eyes.
As usual with these exceptional sightings I did not have my camera with me. Actually, I had a pocket camera on me, but as the name says, it was in my pocket. Being stunned by the appearance of these magnificent creatures, it took 5 minutes after the sighting before I realized that I had this little camera with me…
Apart from one fleeting sighting of one running across the road in Khao Yai in the late afternoon, I only had one other ‘reasonable’ chance to photograph this species. In April 2015. But my torch was running out of battery power and couldn’t offer enough light for my camera to lock focus on the cat in the distance. Again I returned home without photographic evidence.
One day I will get a shot!

Enough about this, time for the list.

 

WILDLIFE OF THAILAND – PERSONAL LIFE LIST

MAMMALS OF THAILAND – MAMMALIA

    PHOLIDOTA

    Pangolins – Manidae

  1. Sunda Pangolin, Manis javanica
  2.  

    INSECTIVORA

    Gymnures – Erinaceidae

  3. Moonrat, Echinosorex gymnura
  4. Short-tailed Gymnure, Hylomys suillus
  5.  

    Moles – Talpidae

    No species seen or no species identified to species level

     

    Shrews – Soricidae

  6. Himalayan Water Shrew, Chimarrogale himalayica
  7.  

    SCANDENTIA

    Feather-tailed Treeshrews – Ptilocercidae

    No species seen or no species identified to species level

     

    Treeshrews – Tupaiidae

  8. Northern Treeshrew, Tupaia belangeri
  9. Common Treeshrew, Tupaia glis
  10.  

    DERMOPTERA

    Colugos – Cynocephalidae

  11. Sunda Flying Lemur, Galeopterus variegatus
  12.  

    CHIROPTERA – BATS

    Fruit Bats – Pteropodidae

  13. Sunda Short-nosed Fruit Bat, Cynopterus cf. brachyotis
  14. Island Flying Fox, Pteropus hypomelanus
  15. Lyle’s Flying Fox, Pteropus lylei
  16.  

    Mouse-tailed Bats – Rhinopomatidae

    No species seen or no species identified to species level

     

    Sheath-tailed & Tomb Bats – Emballonuridae

  17. Black-bearded Tomb Bat, Taphozous melanopogon
  18.  

    Hog-nosed Bats – Craseonycteridae

  19. Kitti’s Hog-nosed Bat, Craseonycteris thonglongyai
  20.  

    Hollow-faced Bats – Nycteridae

    No species seen or no species identified to species level

     

    False-vampires – Megadermatidae

  21. Lesser False Vampire Bat, Megaderma spasma
  22.  

    Horseshoe Bats – Rhinolophidae

  23. Croslet Horseshoe Bat, Rhinolophus coelophyllus
  24. Great Woolly Horseshoe Bat, Rhinolophus luctus
  25. Shamel’s Horseshoe Bat, Rhinolophus shameli
  26. Thai Horseshoe Bat, Rhinolophus thailandensis
  27.  

    Roundleaf Bats – Hipposideridae

  28. Great Roundleaf Bat, Hipposideros armiger
  29. Intermediate Roundleaf Bat, Hipposideros larvatus
  30. Large-eared Roundleaf Bat, Hipposideros pomona
  31.  

    Common Bats – Vespertilionidae

    No species seen or no species identified to species level

     

    Free-tailed Bats – Molossidae

  32. Asian Wrinkle-lipped Bat, Chaerephon plicatus
  33.  

    PRIMATES – PROSIMIANS, MONKEYS & APES

    Slow Loris – Lorisidae

  34. Bengal Slow Loris, Nycticebus bengalensis
  35. Sunda Slow Loris, Nycticebus coucang
  36.  

    Monkeys – Cercopithecidae

  37. Stump-tailed Macaque, Macaca arctoides
  38. Assamese Macaque, Macaca assamensis
  39. Crab-eating Macaque (Long-tailed Macaque), Macaca fascicularis
  40. Northern Pig-tail Macaque, Macaca leonina
  41. Southern Pig-tail Macaque, Macaca nemestrina
  42. Banded Langur, Presbytis femoralis
  43. White-thighed Langur, Presbytis siamensis
  44. Indochinese Grey Langur, Trachypithecus crepusculus
  45. Dusky Langur, Trachypithecus obscurus
  46.  

    Gibbons – Hylobatidae

  47. Agile Gibbon, Hylobates agilis
  48. White-handed Gibbon, Hylobates lar
  49. Pileated Gibbon, Hylobates pileatus
  50. Note: Have seen Pileated x White-handed Gibbon hybrids (Khao Yai)

     

    CARNIVORA – DOGS, BEARS, WEASELS, MARTENS, OTTERS, CIVETS, MONGOOSES & CATS

    Dogs – Canidae

  51. Golden Jackal, Canis aureus
  52. Dhole (Asian Wild Dog), Cuon alpinus
  53.  

    Bears – Ursidae

  54. Malayan Sun Bear, Helarctos malayanus
  55. Asian Black Bear, Ursus thibetanus
  56.  

    Mustelids – Mustelidae

  57. Hog Badger, Arctonyx collaris
  58. Smooth-coated Otter, Lutrogale perspicillata
  59. Yellow-throated Marten, Martes flavigula
  60.  

    Civets – Viverridae

  61. Binturong, Arctictis binturong
  62. Small-toothed Palm Civet, Arctogalidia trivirgata
  63. Masked Palm Civet, Paguma larvata
  64. Asian Palm Civet, Paradoxurus hermaphroditus
  65. Large Indian Civet, Viverra zibetha
  66. Small Indian Civet, Viverricula indica
  67.  

    Linsangs – Prionodontidae

  68. Banded Linsang, Prionodon linsang
  69.  

    Mongooses – Herpestidae

  70. Small Asian Mongoose, Herpestes javanicus
  71. Crab-eating Mongoose, Herpestes urva
  72.  

    Cats – Felidae

  73. Clouded Leopard, Neofelis nebulosa
  74. Indochinese Leopard (both spotted and black phase), Panthera pardus delacouri
  75. Marbled Cat, Pardofelis marmorata
  76. Leopard Cat, Prionailurus bengalensis
  77. Fishing Cat, Prionailurus viverrinus
  78.  

    PROBOSCIDEA

    Elephants – Elephantidae

  79. Asian Elephant, Elephas maximus
  80.  

    PERISSODACTYLA – ODD-TOED UNGULATES

    Tapirs – Tapiridae

    No species seen or no species identified to species level

     

    Rhinoceroses – Rhinocerotidae

    No species seen or no species identified to species level

     

    ARTIODACTYLA – EVEN-TOED UNGULATES

    Pigs – Suidae

  81. Wild Boar, Sus scrofa
  82.  

    Mousedeer – Tragulidae

  83. Lesser Mousedeer, Tragulus kanchil
  84.  

    Deer – Cervidae

  85. Hog Deer, Axis porcinus (Re-introduced)
  86. Fea’s Muntjac (Tenasserim Muntjac), Muntiacus feae
  87. Indian Muntjac, Muntiacus muntjak
  88. Eld’s Deer, Rucervus eldii (Re-introduced)
  89. Sambar Deer, Rusa unicolor
  90.  

    Cattle & Goats – Bovidae

  91. Gaur, Bos frontalis
  92. Banteng, Bos javanicus
  93. Chinese Serow, Capricornis milneedwardsi
  94. Chinese Goral, Naemorhedus griseus
  95.  

    RODENTIA – SQUIRRELS, RATS & PORCUPINES

    Squirrels – Sciuridae

  96. Grey-bellied Squirrel, Callosciurus caniceps
  97. Pallas’s Squirrel, Callosciurus erythraeus
  98. Finlayson’s Squirrel, Callosciurus finlaysonii
  99. Plantain Squirrel, Callosciurus notatus
  100. Asian Red-cheeked Squirrel, Dremomys rufigenis
  101. Phayre’s Flying Squirrel, Hylopetes phayrei
  102. Red-cheeked Flying Squirrel, Hylopetes spadiceus
  103. Indochinese Ground Squirrel, Menetes berdmorei
  104. Lesser Giant Flying Squirrel, Petaurista elegans
  105. Red Giant Flying Squirrel, Petaurista petaurista
  106. Indian Giant Flying Squirrel, Petaurista phillippensis
  107. Temminck’s Flying Squirrel, Petinomys setosus
  108. Black Giant Squirrel, Ratufa bicolor
  109. Slender Squirrel, Sundasciurus tenuis
  110. Western Striped Squirrel, Tamiops mcclellandii
  111. Cambodian Striped Squirrel, Tamiops rodolphii
  112.  

    Rats & Mice – Muridae

  113. Long-tailed Giant Rat, Leopoldamys sabanus
  114.  

    Voles – Cricetidae

    No species seen or no species identified to species level

     

    Bamboo Rats – Spalacidae

    No species seen or no species identified to species level

     

    Porcupines – Hystricidae

  115. Asian Porcupine, Hystrix Brachyura
  116. Asian Brush-tailed Porcupine, Atherurus macrourus
  117.  

    LAGOMORPHA – HARES & RABBITS

    Hares – Leporidae

  118. Siamese Hare, Lepus peguensis
  119.  

    CETACEA – WHALES, DOLPHINS & PORPOISES

    Whales – Baleanopteridae

  120. Bryde’s whale, Balaenoptera brydei
  121.  

    SIRENIA – SEA COWS

    Dugongs – Dugongidae

    No species seen or no species identified to species level

     

 

 

REPTILES OF THAILAND

CROCODYLIA

    Crocodylidae – Crocodiles

  1. Siamese Crocodile, Crocodylus siamensis
  2.  

    Gavialidae – Gharials

    No species seen or no species identified to species level

     

CHELONII – TURTLES & TORTOISES

    Geoemydidae – Asian Hardshelled Turtles

  1. Malayan Box Turtle, Cuora amboinensis
  2. Enigmatic Leaf Turtle, Cyclemys enigmatica
  3. Oldham’s Leaf Turtle, Cyclemys oldhamii
  4. Yellow-headed Temple Turtle, Heosemys annandalii
  5. Giant Asian Pond Turtle, Heosemys grandis
  6. Spiny Turtle, Heosemys spinosa
  7. Malayan Flat-shelled Turtle, Notochelys platynota
  8. Malayan Snail-eating Turtle, Malayemys macrocephala
  9. Black Marsh Turtle, Siebenrockiella crassicollis
  10.  

    Cheloniidae – Sea Turtles

    No species seen or no species identified to species level

     

    Dermochelyidae – Leatherback Sea Turtles

    No species seen or no species identified to species level

     

    Platysternidae – Asian Big-headed Turtles

    No species seen or no species identified to species level

     

    Testudinidae – Land Tortoises

  11. Elongated Tortoise, Indotestudo elongata
  12. Asian Forest Tortoise, Manouria emys phayrei
  13.  

    Trionychidae – Softshell Turtles

  14. Malayan Softshell Turtle, Dogania subplana
  15. Southeast Asian Softshell turtle, Amyda cartilaginea
  16.  

LACERTILIA – LIZARDS

    Agamidae – Agamid Lizards

  1. Cardamom Mountains Spiny Lizard, Acanthosaura cardamomensis
  2. Boulenger’s Spiny Lizard, Acanthosaura crucigera
  3. Spiny Lizard, Acanthosaura cf. crucigera (North-west Thailand)
  4. Spiny Lizard, Acanthosaura cf. crucigera (South Thailand)
  5. Scale-bellied Spiny Lizard, Acanthosaura lepidogaster
  6. Phuket Spiny Lizard, Acanthosaura phuketensis
  7.  

    To be continued!

     

    Varanidae – Monitor Lizards

  8. Duméril’s Monitor Lizard, Varanus dumerilii
  9. Clouded Monitor Lizard, Varanus nebulosus
  10. Water Monitor Lizard, Varanus salvator
  11.  

SERPENTES – SNAKES

    Acrochordidae – Wart Snakes

    No species seen or no species identified to species level

     

    Typhlopidae – Blind Snakes

  1. Diard’s Blind Snake, Argyrophis diardii
  2. Brahminy Blind Snake, Indotyphlops braminus
  3.  

    Colubridae – Colubrids

  4. Large-eyed Vine Snake, Ahaetulla mycterizans
  5. Long-nosed Vine Snake, Ahaetulla nasuta
  6. Oriental Vine Snake, Ahaetulla prasina
  7. Ornate Flying Snake, Chrysopelea ornata
  8. Paradise Flying Snake, Chrysopelea paradisi
  9. Striped Bronzeback, Dendrelaphis caudolineatus
  10. Blue Bronzeback, Dendrelaphis cyanochloris
  11. Beautiful Bronzeback, Dendrelaphis formosus
  12. Kopstein’s Bronzeback, Dendrelaphis kopsteini
  13. Nganson Bronzeback, Dendrelaphis ngansonensis
  14. Sawtooth-necked Bronzeback, Dendrelaphis nigroserratus
  15. Painted Bronzeback, Dendrelaphis pictus
  16. Unidentified Bronzeback, Dendrelaphis sp.
  17. Striated Bronzeback, Dendrelaphis striatus
  18. Mountain Bronzeback, Dendrelaphis subocularis
  19. Vogel’s Bronzeback, Dendrelaphis vogeli
  20. Red Whip Snake, Dryophiops rubescens
  21. Brown Reed Snake, Calamaria pavimentata
  22. Bengkulu Cat Snake, Boiga bengkuluensis
  23. Green Cat Snake, Boiga cyanea
  24. Dog-toothed Cat Snake, Boiga cynodon
  25. Mangrove Cat Snake, Boiga dendrophila
  26. White-spotted Cat Snake, Boiga drapiezii
  27. Many-spotted Cat Snake, Boiga multomaculata
  28. Black-headed Cat Snake, Boiga nigriceps
  29. Thai Cat Snake, Boiga siamensis
  30. Yellow-striped Rat Snake, Coelognathus flavolineatus
  31. Radiated Rat Snake, Coelognathus radiatus
  32. Cave Racer, Elaphe taeniura (subspecies: ridley and helfenbergeri)
  33. Indochinese Ground Snake, Gongylosoma scriptum
  34. Red-tailed Racer, Gonyosoma oxycephalum
  35. Green Trinket Snake, Gonyosoma prasinum
  36. Slender Wolf Snake, Lycodon albofuscus
  37. Butler’s Wolf Snake, Lycodon butleri
  38. Common Wolf Snake, Lycodon capucinus
  39. Blanford’s Bridle Snake, Lycodon davisonii
  40. Banded Wolf Snake, Lycodon fasciatus
  41. Gibson’s Wolf Snake, Lycodon gibsonae
  42. Laotian Wolf Snake, Lycodon laoensis
  43. Snake-eater Wolf Snake, Lycodon ophiophagus
  44. Northern Large-toothed Snake, Lycodon septentrionalis
  45. Malayan Bridle Snake, Lycodon subannulatus
  46. White-banded Wolf Snake, Lycodon subcinctus
  47. Barron’s Kukri Snake, Oligodon barroni
  48. Grey Kukri Snake, Oligodon cinereus
  49. Cantor’s Kukri Snake, Oligodon cyclurus
  50. Small-banded Kukri Snake, Oligodon fasciolatus
  51. Hua Hin Kukri Snake, Oligodon huahin
  52. Mouhot’s Kukri Snake, Oligodon mouhoti
  53. Purple Kukri Snake, Oligodon purpurascens
  54. Saiyok Kukri Snake, Oligodon saiyok
  55. Barred Kukri Snake, Oligodon signatus
  56. Striped Kukri Snake, Oligodon taeniatus
  57. Red Bamboo Racer, Oreocryptophis porphyraceus
  58. Keeled Rat Snake, Ptyas carinata
  59. White-bellied Rat Snake, Ptyas fusca
  60. Indian Rat Snake, Ptyas mucosa
  61. Indochinese Rat Snake, Ptyas korros
  62. Buff-striped Keelback, Amphiesma stolatum
  63. Boulenger’s Keelback, Hebius boulengeri
  64. Deschauensee’s Keelback, Hebius deschauenseei
  65. Deschauensee’s Keelback complex, Hebius cf. deschauenseei
  66. Khasi Hills Keelback, Hebius khasiense
  67. Speckle-bellied Keelback, Rhabdophis chrysargos
  68. Black-banded Keelback, Rhabdophis nigrocinctus
  69. Red-necked Keelback, Rhabdophis subminiatus
  70. Yellow-spotted Keelback, Xenochrophis flavipunctatus
  71. Checkered Keelback, Xenochrophis piscator
  72. White-spotted Keelback, Xenochrophis punctulatus
  73. Triangled Keelback, Xenochrophis trianguligerus
  74. Assamese Mountain Snake, Plagiopholis nuchalis
  75. Large-eyed False Cobra, Pseudoxenodon macrops
  76. Collared Black-headed Snake, Sibynophis collaris
  77. Triangled Black-headed Snake, Sibynophis triangularis
  78.  

    Cylindrophiidae – Pipe Snakes

  79. Jodi’s Pipe Snake , Cylindrophis jodiae
  80.  

    Elapidae – Elapids

  81. Malayan Krait, Bungarus candidus
  82. Banded Krait, Bungarus fasciatus
  83. Many-Banded Krait, Bungarus multicinctus
  84. Red River Krait, Bungarus slowinskii
  85. Monocled Cobra, Naja kaouthia
  86. Indochinese Spitting Cobra, Naja siamensis
  87. Equatorial Spitting Cobra, Naja sumatrana
  88. King Cobra, Ophiophagus hannah
  89. Small-spotted Coral Snake, Calliophis maculiceps
  90. MacClelland’s Coral Snake, Sinomicrurus macclellandi
  91.  

    Homalopsidae – Indo-Australian Water Snakes

  92. Schneider’s Bockadam, Cerberus schneiderii
  93. Chanard’s Mud Snake, Enhydris chanardi
  94. Rainbow Mud Snake, Enhydris enhydris
  95. Puff-faced Water Snake, Homalopsis buccata
  96. Jack’s Water Snake, Homalopsis mereljcoxi
  97. Martaban Water Snake, Homalopsis semizonata
  98. Grey Water Snake, Hypsiscopus plumbea
  99.  

    Lamprophiidae

  100. Mock Viper, Psammodynastes pulverulentus
  101.  

    Pareidae – Slug Snakes

  102. Blunt-headed Slug Snake, Aplopeltura boa
  103. Keeled Slug-eating Snake, Pareas carinatus
  104. Hampton’s Slug-eating Snake, Pareas hamptoni
  105. White-spotted Slug-eating Snake, Pareas margaritophorus
  106. Spotted Slug-eating Snake, Pareas macularius
  107.  

    Pythonidae – Pythons

  108. Reticulated Python, Malayopython reticulatus
  109. Burmese Python, Python bivittatus
  110. Brongersma’s Blood Python, Python brongersmai
  111.  

    Viperidae – Vipers & Pit Vipers

  112. Malayan Pit Viper, Calloselasma rhodostoma
  113. Himalayan Mountain Pit Viper, Ovophis monticola
  114. Omkoi Lance-headed Pit Viper, Protobothrops kelomohy
  115. White-lipped Pit Viper, Trimeresurus albolabris
  116. Siamese Peninsula Pit Viper, Trimeresurus sabahi fucatus
  117. Gumprecht’s Pit Viper, Trimeresurus gumprechti
  118. Hagen’s Pit Viper, Trimeresurus hageni
  119. Kanburi Pit Viper, Trimeresurus kanburiensis
  120. Large-eyed Pit Viper, Trimeresurus macrops
  121. Phuket Pit Viper, Trimeresurus phuketensis
  122. Pope’s Pit Viper, Trimeresurus popeiorum
  123. Pope’s Pit Viper, Trimeresurus cf. popeiorum (Kaeng Krachan)
  124. Mangrove Pit Viper, Trimeresurus purpureomaculatus
  125. Beautiful Pit Viper, Trimeresurus venustus
  126. Beautiful Pit Viper, Trimeresurus cf. venustus
  127. Vogel’s Pit Viper, Trimeresurus vogeli
  128. Wagler’s Pit Viper, Tropidolaemus wagleri
  129. Siamese Russell’s Viper, Daboia siamensis
  130.  

    Xenodermatidae – Strange-skinned Snakes

  131. Laotian Bearded Snake, Parafimbrios laos
  132.  

    Xenopeltidae – Sunbeam Snakes

  133. Sunbeam Snake, Xenopeltis unicolor
  134.  

 

 

 

Birds of Thailand

Hornbills

  1. Austen’s Brown Hornbill, Anorrhinus austeni
  2. Tickell’s Brown Hornbill, Anorrhinus tickelli
  3. Oriental Pied Hornbill, Anthracoceros albirostris
  4. Great Hornbill, Buceros bicornis
  5. Rhinoceros Hornbill, Buceros rhinoceros
  6. Wrinkled Hornbill, Rhabdotorrhinus corrugatus
  7. Helmeted Hornbill, Rhinoplax vigil
  8. Wreathed Hornbill, Rhyticeros undulatus
  9. To be continued!

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