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. Banded Civet, Hemigalus derbyanus
  64. Masked Palm Civet, Paguma larvata
  65. Asian Palm Civet, Paradoxurus hermaphroditus
  66. Large Indian Civet, Viverra zibetha
  67. Small Indian Civet, Viverricula indica
  68.  

    Linsangs – Prionodontidae

  69. Banded Linsang, Prionodon linsang
  70.  

    Mongooses – Herpestidae

  71. Small Asian Mongoose, Herpestes javanicus
  72. Crab-eating Mongoose, Herpestes urva
  73.  

    Cats – Felidae

  74. Clouded Leopard, Neofelis nebulosa
  75. Indochinese Leopard (both spotted and black phase), Panthera pardus delacouri
  76. Marbled Cat, Pardofelis marmorata
  77. Leopard Cat, Prionailurus bengalensis
  78. Fishing Cat, Prionailurus viverrinus
  79.  

    PROBOSCIDEA

    Elephants – Elephantidae

  80. Asian Elephant, Elephas maximus
  81.  

    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

  82. Wild Boar, Sus scrofa
  83.  

    Mousedeer – Tragulidae

  84. Lesser Mousedeer, Tragulus kanchil
  85. Greater Mousedeer, Tragulus napu
  86.  

    Deer – Cervidae

  87. Hog Deer, Axis porcinus (Re-introduced)
  88. Fea’s Muntjac (Tenasserim Muntjac), Muntiacus feae
  89. Indian Muntjac, Muntiacus muntjak
  90. Eld’s Deer, Rucervus eldii (Re-introduced)
  91. Sambar Deer, Rusa unicolor
  92.  

    Cattle & Goats – Bovidae

  93. Gaur, Bos frontalis
  94. Banteng, Bos javanicus
  95. Indochinese Serow, Capricornis milneedwardsi
  96. Southern Serow, Capricornis sumatraensis
  97. Chinese Goral, Naemorhedus griseus
  98.  

    RODENTIA – SQUIRRELS, RATS & PORCUPINES

    Squirrels – Sciuridae

  99. Grey-bellied Squirrel, Callosciurus caniceps
  100. Pallas’s Squirrel, Callosciurus erythraeus
  101. Finlayson’s Squirrel, Callosciurus finlaysonii
  102. Sunda Black-banded Squirrel, Callosciurus nigrovittatus
  103. Plantain Squirrel, Callosciurus notatus
  104. Asian Red-cheeked Squirrel, Dremomys rufigenis
  105. Phayre’s Flying Squirrel, Hylopetes phayrei
  106. Red-cheeked Flying Squirrel, Hylopetes spadiceus
  107. Three-striped Ground Squirrel, Lariscus insignis
  108. Indochinese Ground Squirrel, Menetes berdmorei
  109. Lesser Giant Flying Squirrel, Petaurista elegans
  110. Red Giant Flying Squirrel, Petaurista petaurista
  111. Indian Giant Flying Squirrel, Petaurista phillippensis
  112. Temminck’s Flying Squirrel, Petinomys setosus
  113. Black Giant Squirrel, Ratufa bicolor
  114. Low’s Squirrel, Sundasciurus lowii
  115. Slender Squirrel, Sundasciurus tenuis
  116. Western Striped Squirrel, Tamiops mcclellandii
  117. Cambodian Striped Squirrel, Tamiops rodolphii
  118.  

    Rats & Mice – Muridae

  119. Long-tailed Giant Rat, Leopoldamys sabanus
  120.  

    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

  121. Asian Porcupine, Hystrix Brachyura
  122. Asian Brush-tailed Porcupine, Atherurus macrourus
  123.  

    LAGOMORPHA – HARES & RABBITS

    Hares – Leporidae

  124. Siamese Hare, Lepus peguensis
  125.  

    CETACEA – WHALES, DOLPHINS & PORPOISES

    Whales – Baleanopteridae

  126. Bryde’s whale, Balaenoptera brydei
  127.  

    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. Variable Reed Snake, Calamaria lumbricoidea
  23. Bengkulu Cat Snake, Boiga bengkuluensis
  24. Green Cat Snake, Boiga cyanea
  25. Dog-toothed Cat Snake, Boiga cynodon
  26. Mangrove Cat Snake, Boiga dendrophila
  27. White-spotted Cat Snake, Boiga drapiezii
  28. Many-spotted Cat Snake, Boiga multomaculata
  29. Black-headed Cat Snake, Boiga nigriceps
  30. Thai Cat Snake, Boiga siamensis
  31. Yellow-striped Rat Snake, Coelognathus flavolineatus
  32. Radiated Rat Snake, Coelognathus radiatus
  33. Cave Racer, Elaphe taeniura (subspecies: ridley and helfenbergeri)
  34. Indochinese Ground Snake, Gongylosoma scriptum
  35. Red-tailed Racer, Gonyosoma oxycephalum
  36. Green Trinket Snake, Gonyosoma prasinum
  37. Slender Wolf Snake, Lycodon albofuscus
  38. Butler’s Wolf Snake, Lycodon butleri
  39. Common Wolf Snake, Lycodon capucinus
  40. Blanford’s Bridle Snake, Lycodon davisonii
  41. Brown Wolf Snake, Lycodon effraensis
  42. Banded Wolf Snake, Lycodon fasciatus
  43. Gibson’s Wolf Snake, Lycodon gibsonae
  44. Laotian Wolf Snake, Lycodon laoensis
  45. Snake-eater Wolf Snake, Lycodon ophiophagus
  46. Northern Large-toothed Snake, Lycodon septentrionalis
  47. Malayan Bridle Snake, Lycodon subannulatus
  48. White-banded Wolf Snake, Lycodon subcinctus
  49. Barron’s Kukri Snake, Oligodon barroni
  50. Grey Kukri Snake, Oligodon cinereus
  51. Cantor’s Kukri Snake, Oligodon cyclurus
  52. Small-banded Kukri Snake, Oligodon fasciolatus
  53. Hua Hin Kukri Snake, Oligodon huahin
  54. Mouhot’s Kukri Snake, Oligodon mouhoti
  55. Purple Kukri Snake, Oligodon purpurascens
  56. Saiyok Kukri Snake, Oligodon saiyok
  57. Barred Kukri Snake, Oligodon signatus
  58. Striped Kukri Snake, Oligodon taeniatus
  59. Red Bamboo Racer, Oreocryptophis porphyraceus
  60. Keeled Rat Snake, Ptyas carinata
  61. White-bellied Rat Snake, Ptyas fusca
  62. Indian Rat Snake, Ptyas mucosa
  63. Indochinese Rat Snake, Ptyas korros
  64. Buff-striped Keelback, Amphiesma stolatum
  65. Boulenger’s Keelback, Hebius boulengeri
  66. Deschauensee’s Keelback, Hebius deschauenseei
  67. Deschauensee’s Keelback complex, Hebius cf. deschauenseei
  68. Khasi Hills Keelback, Hebius khasiense
  69. Speckle-bellied Keelback, Rhabdophis chrysargos
  70. Black-banded Keelback, Rhabdophis nigrocinctus
  71. Red-necked Keelback, Rhabdophis subminiatus
  72. Yellow-spotted Keelback, Xenochrophis flavipunctatus
  73. Checkered Keelback, Xenochrophis piscator
  74. White-spotted Keelback, Xenochrophis punctulatus
  75. Triangled Keelback, Xenochrophis trianguligerus
  76. Assamese Mountain Snake, Plagiopholis nuchalis
  77. Large-eyed False Cobra, Pseudoxenodon macrops
  78. Collared Black-headed Snake, Sibynophis collaris
  79. Triangled Black-headed Snake, Sibynophis triangularis
  80.  

    Cylindrophiidae – Pipe Snakes

  81. Jodi’s Pipe Snake , Cylindrophis jodiae
  82.  

    Elapidae – Elapids

  83. Malayan Krait, Bungarus candidus
  84. Banded Krait, Bungarus fasciatus
  85. Red River Krait, Bungarus slowinskii
  86. Monocled Cobra, Naja kaouthia
  87. Indochinese Spitting Cobra, Naja siamensis
  88. Equatorial Spitting Cobra (golden morph), Naja sumatrana
  89. King Cobra, Ophiophagus hannah
  90. Small-spotted Coral Snake, Calliophis maculiceps
  91. MacClelland’s Coral Snake, Sinomicrurus macclellandi
  92.  

    Homalopsidae – Indo-Australian Water Snakes

  93. Schneider’s Bockadam, Cerberus schneiderii
  94. Chanard’s Mud Snake, Enhydris chanardi
  95. Rainbow Mud Snake, Enhydris enhydris
  96. Mekong Mud Snake, Enhydris subtaeniata
  97. Puff-faced Water Snake, Homalopsis buccata
  98. Jack’s Water Snake, Homalopsis mereljcoxi
  99. Martaban Water Snake, Homalopsis semizonata
  100. Grey Water Snake, Hypsiscopus plumbea
  101.  

    Lamprophiidae

  102. Mock Viper, Psammodynastes pulverulentus
  103.  

    Pareidae – Slug Snakes

  104. Blunt-headed Slug Snake, Aplopeltura boa
  105. Keeled Slug-eating Snake, Pareas carinatus
  106. Hampton’s Slug-eating Snake, Pareas hamptoni
  107. White-spotted Slug-eating Snake, Pareas margaritophorus
  108. Spotted Slug-eating Snake, Pareas macularius
  109.  

    Pythonidae – Pythons

  110. Reticulated Python, Malayopython reticulatus
  111. Burmese Python, Python bivittatus
  112. Brongersma’s Blood Python, Python brongersmai
  113.  

    Viperidae – Vipers & Pit Vipers

  114. Malayan Pit Viper, Calloselasma rhodostoma
  115. Himalayan Mountain Pit Viper, Ovophis monticola
  116. Omkoi Lance-headed Pit Viper, Protobothrops kelomohy
  117. White-lipped Pit Viper, Trimeresurus albolabris
  118. Siamese Peninsula Pit Viper, Trimeresurus sabahi fucatus
  119. Gumprecht’s Pit Viper, Trimeresurus gumprechti
  120. Hagen’s Pit Viper, Trimeresurus hageni
  121. Kanburi Pit Viper, Trimeresurus kanburiensis
  122. Large-eyed Pit Viper, Trimeresurus macrops
  123. Phuket Pit Viper, Trimeresurus phuketensis
  124. Pope’s Pit Viper, Trimeresurus popeiorum
  125. Pope’s Pit Viper, Trimeresurus cf. popeiorum (Kaeng Krachan)
  126. Mangrove Pit Viper, Trimeresurus purpureomaculatus
  127. Beautiful Pit Viper, Trimeresurus venustus
  128. Beautiful Pit Viper, Trimeresurus cf. venustus
  129. Vogel’s Pit Viper, Trimeresurus vogeli
  130. Wirot’s Pit Viper, Trimeresurus wiroti
  131. Wagler’s Pit Viper, Tropidolaemus wagleri
  132. Siamese Russell’s Viper, Daboia siamensis
  133.  

    Xenodermatidae – Strange-skinned Snakes

  134. Laotian Bearded Snake, Parafimbrios laos
  135.  

    Xenopeltidae – Sunbeam Snakes

  136. Sunbeam Snake, Xenopeltis unicolor
  137.  

 

 

 

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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