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 Mainland 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.





    Pangolins – Manidae

  1. Sunda Pangolin, Manis javanica


    Gymnures – Erinaceidae

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

    Moles – Talpidae

    No species seen or no species identified to species level


    Shrews – Soricidae

  6. Himalayan Water Shrew, Chimarrogale himalayica


    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


    Colugos – Cynocephalidae

  11. Sunda Flying Lemur, Galeopterus variegatus


    Fruit Bats – Pteropodidae

  13. Malayan Spotted-winged Fruit Bat, Balionycteris seimundi
  14. Sunda Short-nosed Fruit Bat, Cynopterus cf. brachyotis
  15. Ratanaworabhan’s Fruit Bat, Megaerops niphanae
  16. Island Flying Fox, Pteropus hypomelanus
  17. Large Flying Fox, Pteropus vampyrus
  18. Lyle’s Flying Fox, Pteropus lylei

    Mouse-tailed Bats – Rhinopomatidae

    No species seen or no species identified to species level


    Sheath-tailed & Tomb Bats – Emballonuridae

  20. Lesser Sheath-tailed Bat, Emballonura monticola
  21. Black-bearded Tomb Bat, Taphozous melanopogon

    Hog-nosed Bats – Craseonycteridae

  23. Kitti’s Hog-nosed Bat, Craseonycteris thonglongyai

    Hollow-faced Bats – Nycteridae

    No species seen or no species identified to species level


    False-vampires – Megadermatidae

  25. Lesser False Vampire Bat, Megaderma spasma

    Horseshoe Bats – Rhinolophidae

  27. Croslet Horseshoe Bat, Rhinolophus coelophyllus
  28. Great Woolly Horseshoe Bat, Rhinolophus luctus
  29. Shamel’s Horseshoe Bat, Rhinolophus shameli
  30. Thai Horseshoe Bat, Rhinolophus thailandensis

    Roundleaf Bats – Hipposideridae

  32. Great Roundleaf Bat, Hipposideros armiger
  33. Intermediate Roundleaf Bat, Hipposideros larvatus
  34. Large-eared Roundleaf Bat, Hipposideros pomona

    Common Bats – Vespertilionidae

  36. Painted Bat, Kerivoula picta

    Free-tailed Bats – Molossidae

  38. Asian Wrinkle-lipped Bat, Chaerephon plicatus


    Slow Loris – Lorisidae

  40. Bengal Slow Loris, Nycticebus bengalensis
  41. Sunda Slow Loris, Nycticebus coucang

    Monkeys – Cercopithecidae

  43. Stump-tailed Macaque, Macaca arctoides
  44. Assamese Macaque, Macaca assamensis
  45. Crab-eating Macaque (Long-tailed Macaque), Macaca fascicularis
  46. Northern Pig-tail Macaque, Macaca leonina
  47. Southern Pig-tail Macaque, Macaca nemestrina
  48. Banded Langur, Presbytis femoralis
  49. White-thighed Langur, Presbytis siamensis
  50. Indochinese Grey Langur, Trachypithecus crepusculus
  51. Dusky Langur, Trachypithecus obscurus

    Gibbons – Hylobatidae

  53. Agile Gibbon, Hylobates agilis
  54. White-handed Gibbon, Hylobates lar
  55. Pileated Gibbon, Hylobates pileatus
  56. Note: Have seen Pileated x White-handed Gibbon hybrids (Khao Yai)



    Dogs – Canidae

  57. Golden Jackal, Canis aureus
  58. Dhole (Asian Wild Dog), Cuon alpinus

    Bears – Ursidae

  60. Malayan Sun Bear, Helarctos malayanus
  61. Asian Black Bear, Ursus thibetanus

    Mustelids – Mustelidae

  63. Hog Badger, Arctonyx collaris
  64. Smooth-coated Otter, Lutrogale perspicillata
  65. Yellow-throated Marten, Martes flavigula

    Civets – Viverridae

  67. Binturong, Arctictis binturong
  68. Small-toothed Palm Civet, Arctogalidia trivirgata
  69. Banded Civet, Hemigalus derbyanus
  70. Masked Palm Civet, Paguma larvata
  71. Asian Palm Civet, Paradoxurus hermaphroditus
  72. Large Indian Civet, Viverra zibetha
  73. Small Indian Civet, Viverricula indica

    Linsangs – Prionodontidae

  75. Banded Linsang, Prionodon linsang

    Mongooses – Herpestidae

  77. Small Asian Mongoose, Herpestes javanicus
  78. Crab-eating Mongoose, Herpestes urva

    Cats – Felidae

  80. Clouded Leopard, Neofelis nebulosa
  81. Indochinese Leopard (both spotted and black phase), Panthera pardus delacouri
  82. Marbled Cat, Pardofelis marmorata
  83. Leopard Cat, Prionailurus bengalensis
  84. Fishing Cat, Prionailurus viverrinus


    Elephants – Elephantidae

  86. Asian Elephant, Elephas maximus


    Tapirs – Tapiridae

  88. Asian Tapir, Tapirus indicus

    Rhinoceroses – Rhinocerotidae

    No species seen or no species identified to species level



    Pigs – Suidae

  90. Wild Boar, Sus scrofa

    Mousedeer – Tragulidae

  92. Lesser Mousedeer, Tragulus kanchil
  93. Greater Mousedeer, Tragulus napu

    Deer – Cervidae

  95. Hog Deer, Axis porcinus (Re-introduced)
  96. Fea’s Muntjac (Tenasserim Muntjac), Muntiacus feae
  97. Indian Muntjac, Muntiacus muntjak
  98. Eld’s Deer, Rucervus eldii (Re-introduced)
  99. Sambar Deer, Rusa unicolor

    Cattle & Goats – Bovidae

  101. Gaur, Bos frontalis
  102. Banteng, Bos javanicus
  103. Indochinese Serow, Capricornis milneedwardsi
  104. Southern Serow, Capricornis sumatraensis
  105. Chinese Goral, Naemorhedus griseus


    Squirrels – Sciuridae

  107. Grey-bellied Squirrel, Callosciurus caniceps
  108. Pallas’s Squirrel, Callosciurus erythraeus
  109. Finlayson’s Squirrel, Callosciurus finlaysonii
  110. Sunda Black-banded Squirrel, Callosciurus nigrovittatus
  111. Plantain Squirrel, Callosciurus notatus
  112. Asian Red-cheeked Squirrel, Dremomys rufigenis
  113. Phayre’s Flying Squirrel, Hylopetes phayrei
  114. Red-cheeked Flying Squirrel, Hylopetes spadiceus
  115. Three-striped Ground Squirrel, Lariscus insignis
  116. Indochinese Ground Squirrel, Menetes berdmorei
  117. Lesser Giant Flying Squirrel, Petaurista elegans
  118. Red Giant Flying Squirrel, Petaurista petaurista
  119. Indian Giant Flying Squirrel, Petaurista phillippensis
  120. Temminck’s Flying Squirrel, Petinomys setosus
  121. Cream-coloured Giant Squirrel, Ratufa affinis
  122. Black Giant Squirrel, Ratufa bicolor
  123. Low’s Squirrel, Sundasciurus lowii
  124. Slender Squirrel, Sundasciurus tenuis
  125. Western Striped Squirrel, Tamiops mcclellandii
  126. Cambodian Striped Squirrel, Tamiops rodolphii

    Rats & Mice – Muridae

  128. Bowers’s Rat, Berylmys bowersi
  129. Indomalayan Pencil-tailed Tree-mouse, Chiropodomys gliroides
  130. Long-tailed Giant Rat, Leopoldamys sabanus

    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

  132. Asian Porcupine, Hystrix Brachyura
  133. Asian Brush-tailed Porcupine, Atherurus macrourus


    Hares – Leporidae

  135. Siamese Hare, Lepus peguensis


    Whales – Baleanopteridae

  137. Bryde’s whale, Balaenoptera brydei


    Dugongs – Dugongidae

    No species seen or no species identified to species level






    Crocodylidae – Crocodiles

  1. Siamese Crocodile, Crocodylus siamensis

    Gavialidae – Gharials

    No species seen or no species identified to species level



    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

    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

    Trionychidae – Softshell Turtles

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


    Agamidae – Agamid Lizards

  1. Armored Spiny Lizard, Acanthosaura armata
  2. Orange-crested Spiny Lizard, Acanthosaura aurantiacrista
  3. Bintang Spiny Lizard, Acanthosaura bintangensis
  4. Cardamom Mountains Spiny Lizard, Acanthosaura cardamomensis
  5. Boulenger’s Spiny Lizard, Acanthosaura crucigera
  6. Southern Spiny Lizard, Acanthosaura meridiona
  7. Scale-bellied Spiny Lizard, Acanthosaura lepidogaster
  8. Phuket Spiny Lizard, Acanthosaura phuketensis

    To be continued!


    Varanidae – Monitor Lizards

  10. Duméril’s Monitor Lizard, Varanus dumerilii
  11. Clouded Monitor Lizard, Varanus nebulosus
  12. Roughneck Monitor Lizard, Varanus rudicollis
  13. Water Monitor Lizard, Varanus salvator


    Acrochordidae – Wart Snakes

  1. Elephant Trunk Snake, Acrochordus javanicus

    Typhlopidae – Blind Snakes

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

    Colubridae – Colubrids

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

    Cylindrophiidae – Pipe Snakes

  91. Jodi’s Pipe Snake , Cylindrophis jodiae

    Elapidae – Elapids

  93. Malayan Krait, Bungarus candidus
  94. Banded Krait, Bungarus fasciatus
  95. Red-headed Krait, Bungarus flaviceps
  96. Red River Krait, Bungarus slowinskii
  97. Wanghaoting’s Krait, Bungarus wanghaotingi
  98. Brown Banded Cobra, Naja fuxi
  99. Monocled Cobra, Naja kaouthia
  100. Indochinese Spitting Cobra, Naja siamensis
  101. Equatorial Spitting Cobra (golden morph), Naja sumatrana
  102. King Cobra, Ophiophagus hannah
  103. Malayan Blue Coral Snake, Calliophis bivirgatus
  104. Malayan Banded Coral Snake, Calliophis intestinalis
  105. Small-spotted Coral Snake, Calliophis maculiceps
  106. MacClelland’s Coral Snake, Sinomicrurus macclellandi

    Homalopsidae – Indo-Australian Water Snakes

  108. Cantor’s Mud Snake, Cantoria violacea
  109. South Asian Bockadam, Cerberus rynchops
  110. Schneider’s Bockadam, Cerberus schneiderii
  111. Chanard’s Mud Snake, Enhydris chanardi
  112. Rainbow Mud Snake, Enhydris enhydris
  113. Tentacled Snake, Erpeton tentaculatum
  114. Crab-eating Mud Snake, Fordonia leucobalia
  115. Gerard’s Mud Snake, Gerarda prevostiana
  116. Jack’s Water Snake, Homalopsis mereljcoxi
  117. Martaban Water Snake, Homalopsis semizonata
  118. Murphy’s Water Snake, Hypsiscopus murphyi
  119. Grey Water Snake, Hypsiscopus plumbea
  120. Bocourt’s Water Snake, Subsessor bocourti

    Pareidae – Slug Snakes

  122. Blunt-headed Slug Snake, Aplopeltura boa
  123. Smooth Slug Snake, Asthenodipsas laevis
  124. Malayan Slug Snake, Asthenodipsas malaccanus
  125. Keeled Slug-eating Snake, Pareas carinatus
  126. Twin Slug-eating Snake, Pareas geminatus
  127. White-spotted Slug-eating Snake, Pareas margaritophorus
  128. Spotted Slug-eating Snake, Pareas macularius

    Psammophiidae – Sand Snakes

  130. Indochinese Sand Snake, Psammophis indochinensis


  132. Mock Viper, Psammodynastes pulverulentus

    Pythonidae – Pythons

  134. Reticulated Python, Malayopython reticulatus
  135. Burmese Python, Python bivittatus
  136. Brongersma’s Blood Python, Python brongersmai

    Viperidae – Vipers & Pit Vipers

  138. Malayan Pit Viper, Calloselasma rhodostoma
  139. Himalayan Mountain Pit Viper, Ovophis monticola
  140. Omkoi Lance-headed Pit Viper, Protobothrops kelomohy
  141. White-lipped Pit Viper, Trimeresurus albolabris
  142. Gumprecht’s Pit Viper, Trimeresurus gumprechti
  143. Guo’s Pit Viper, Trimeresurus guoi
  144. Hagen’s Pit Viper, Trimeresurus hageni
  145. Kanburi Pit Viper, Trimeresurus kanburiensis
  146. Kui Buri Pit Viper, Trimeresurus kuiburi
  147. Large-eyed Pit Viper, Trimeresurus macrops
  148. Phuket Pit Viper, Trimeresurus phuketensis
  149. Pope’s Pit Viper, Trimeresurus popeiorum
  150. Mangrove Pit Viper, Trimeresurus purpureomaculatus
  151. Siamese Peninsula Pit Viper, Trimeresurus sabahi fucatus
  152. Sumatran Pit Viper, Trimeresurus sumatranus
  153. Beautiful Pit Viper, Trimeresurus venustus
  154. Vogel’s Pit Viper, Trimeresurus vogeli
  155. Wirot’s Pit Viper, Trimeresurus wiroti
  156. Wagler’s Pit Viper, Tropidolaemus wagleri
  157. Siamese Russell’s Viper, Daboia siamensis

    Xenodermatidae – Strange-skinned Snakes

  159. Laotian Bearded Snake, Parafimbrios laos

    Xenopeltidae – Sunbeam Snakes

  161. Sunbeam Snake, Xenopeltis unicolor




Birds of Thailand


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

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