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. Lyle’s Flying Fox, Pteropus lylei
  15.  

    Mouse-tailed Bats – Rhinopomatidae

    No species seen or no species identified to species level

     

    Sheath-tailed & Tomb Bats – Emballonuridae

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

    Hog-nosed Bats – Craseonycteridae

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

    Hollow-faced Bats – Nycteridae

    No species seen or no species identified to species level

     

    False-vampires – Megadermatidae

  20. Lesser False Vampire Bat, Megaderma spasma
  21.  

    Horseshoe Bats – Rhinolophidae

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

    Roundleaf Bats – Hipposideridae

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

    Common Bats – Vespertilionidae

    No species seen or no species identified to species level

     

    Free-tailed Bats – Molossidae

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

    PRIMATES – PROSIMIANS, MONKEYS & APES

    Slow Loris – Lorisidae

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

    Monkeys – Cercopithecidae

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

    Gibbons – Hylobatidae

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

     

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

    Dogs – Canidae

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

    Bears – Ursidae

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

    Mustelids – Mustelidae

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

    Civets – Viverridae

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

    Linsangs – Prionodontidae

  67. Banded Linsang, Prionodon linsang
  68.  

    Mongooses – Herpestidae

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

    Cats – Felidae

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

    PROBOSCIDEA

    Elephants – Elephantidae

  78. Asian Elephant, Elephas maximus
  79.  

    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

  80. Wild Boar, Sus scrofa
  81.  

    Mousedeer – Tragulidae

  82. Lesser Mousedeer, Tragulus kanchil
  83.  

    Deer – Cervidae

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

    Cattle & Goats – Bovidae

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

    RODENTIA – SQUIRRELS, RATS & PORCUPINES

    Squirrels – Sciuridae

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

    Rats & Mice – Muridae

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

    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

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

    LAGOMORPHA – HARES & RABBITS

    Hares – Leporidae

  117. Siamese Hare, Lepus peguensis
  118.  

    CETACEA – WHALES, DOLPHINS & PORPOISES

    Whales – Baleanopteridae

  119. Bryde’s whale, Balaenoptera brydei
  120.  

    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. Red Whip Snake, Dryophiops rubescens
  20. Brown Reed Snake, Calamaria pavimentata
  21. Green Cat Snake, Boiga cyanea
  22. Dog-toothed Cat Snake, Boiga cynodon
  23. Mangrove Cat Snake, Boiga dendrophila
  24. White-spotted Cat Snake, Boiga drapiezii
  25. Many-spotted Cat Snake, Boiga multomaculata
  26. Black-headed Cat Snake, Boiga nigriceps
  27. Thai Cat Snake, Boiga siamensis
  28. Yellow-striped Rat Snake, Coelognathus flavolineatus
  29. Radiated Rat Snake, Coelognathus radiatus
  30. Cave Racer, Elaphe taeniura (subspecies: ridley and helfenbergeri)
  31. Indochinese Ground Snake, Gongylosoma scriptum
  32. Red-tailed Racer, Gonyosoma oxycephalum
  33. Green Trinket Snake, Gonyosoma prasinum
  34. Slender Wolf Snake, Lycodon albofuscus
  35. Butler’s Wolf Snake, Lycodon butleri
  36. Common Wolf Snake, Lycodon capucinus
  37. Blanford’s Bridle Snake, Lycodon davisonii
  38. Banded Wolf Snake, Lycodon fasciatus
  39. Gibson’s Wolf Snake, Lycodon gibsonae
  40. Laotian Wolf Snake, Lycodon laoensis
  41. Snake-eater Wolf Snake, Lycodon ophiophagus
  42. Northern Large-toothed Snake, Lycodon septentrionalis
  43. Malayan Bridle Snake, Lycodon subannulatus
  44. White-banded Wolf Snake, Lycodon subcinctus
  45. Barron’s Kukri Snake, Oligodon barroni
  46. Grey Kukri Snake, Oligodon cinereus
  47. Cantor’s Kukri Snake, Oligodon cyclurus
  48. Small-banded Kukri Snake, Oligodon fasciolatus
  49. Hua Hin Kukri Snake, Oligodon huahin
  50. Mouhot’s Kukri Snake, Oligodon mouhoti
  51. Purple Kukri Snake, Oligodon purpurascens
  52. Saiyok Kukri Snake, Oligodon saiyok
  53. Barred Kukri Snake, Oligodon signatus
  54. Striped Kukri Snake, Oligodon taeniatus
  55. Red Bamboo Racer, Oreocryptophis porphyraceus
  56. Keeled Rat Snake, Ptyas carinata
  57. White-bellied Rat Snake, Ptyas fusca
  58. Indian Rat Snake, Ptyas mucosa
  59. Indochinese Rat Snake, Ptyas korros
  60. Buff-striped Keelback, Amphiesma stolatum
  61. Boulenger’s Keelback, Hebius boulengeri
  62. Deschauensee’s Keelback, Hebius deschauenseei
  63. Deschauensee’s Keelback complex, Hebius cf. deschauenseei
  64. Khasi Hills Keelback, Hebius khasiense
  65. Speckle-bellied Keelback, Rhabdophis chrysargos
  66. Black-banded Keelback, Rhabdophis nigrocinctus
  67. Red-necked Keelback, Rhabdophis subminiatus
  68. Yellow-spotted Keelback, Xenochrophis flavipunctatus
  69. Checkered Keelback, Xenochrophis piscator
  70. White-spotted Keelback, Xenochrophis punctulatus
  71. Triangled Keelback, Xenochrophis trianguligerus
  72. Assamese Mountain Snake, Plagiopholis nuchalis
  73. Large-eyed False Cobra, Pseudoxenodon macrops
  74. Collared Black-headed Snake, Sibynophis collaris
  75. Triangled Black-headed Snake, Sibynophis triangularis
  76.  

    Cylindrophiidae – Pipe Snakes

  77. Jodi’s Pipe Snake , Cylindrophis jodiae
  78.  

    Elapidae – Elapids

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

    Homalopsidae – Indo-Australian Water Snakes

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

    Lamprophiidae

  98. Mock Viper, Psammodynastes pulverulentus
  99.  

    Pareidae – Slug Snakes

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

    Pythonidae – Pythons

  106. Reticulated Python, Malayopython reticulatus
  107. Burmese Python, Python bivittatus
  108. Brongersma’s Blood Python, Python brongersmai
  109.  

    Viperidae – Vipers & Pit Vipers

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

    Xenodermatidae – Strange-skinned Snakes

  129. Laotian Bearded Snake, Parafimbrios laos
  130.  

    Xenopeltidae – Sunbeam Snakes

  131. Sunbeam Snake, Xenopeltis unicolor
  132.  

 

 

 

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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