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.





    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. Sunda Short-nosed Fruit Bat, Cynopterus cf. brachyotis
  14. Island Flying Fox, Pteropus hypomelanus
  15. Large Flying Fox, Pteropus vampyrus
  16. 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

  18. Lesser Sheath-tailed Bat, Emballonura monticola
  19. Black-bearded Tomb Bat, Taphozous melanopogon

    Hog-nosed Bats – Craseonycteridae

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

    Hollow-faced Bats – Nycteridae

    No species seen or no species identified to species level


    False-vampires – Megadermatidae

  23. Lesser False Vampire Bat, Megaderma spasma

    Horseshoe Bats – Rhinolophidae

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

    Roundleaf Bats – Hipposideridae

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

    Common Bats – Vespertilionidae

    No species seen or no species identified to species level


    Free-tailed Bats – Molossidae

  34. Asian Wrinkle-lipped Bat, Chaerephon plicatus


    Slow Loris – Lorisidae

  36. Bengal Slow Loris, Nycticebus bengalensis
  37. Sunda Slow Loris, Nycticebus coucang

    Monkeys – Cercopithecidae

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

    Gibbons – Hylobatidae

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



    Dogs – Canidae

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

    Bears – Ursidae

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

    Mustelids – Mustelidae

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

    Civets – Viverridae

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

    Linsangs – Prionodontidae

  71. Banded Linsang, Prionodon linsang

    Mongooses – Herpestidae

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

    Cats – Felidae

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


    Elephants – Elephantidae

  82. Asian Elephant, Elephas maximus


    Tapirs – Tapiridae

    No species seen or no species identified to species level


    Rhinoceroses – Rhinocerotidae

    No species seen or no species identified to species level



    Pigs – Suidae

  84. Wild Boar, Sus scrofa

    Mousedeer – Tragulidae

  86. Lesser Mousedeer, Tragulus kanchil
  87. Greater Mousedeer, Tragulus napu

    Deer – Cervidae

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

    Cattle & Goats – Bovidae

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


    Squirrels – Sciuridae

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

    Rats & Mice – Muridae

  121. 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

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


    Hares – Leporidae

  126. Siamese Hare, Lepus peguensis


    Whales – Baleanopteridae

  128. 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. 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

    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


    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

    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. Fire-back Keelback, Hebius igneus
  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

    Cylindrophiidae – Pipe Snakes

  81. Jodi’s Pipe Snake , Cylindrophis jodiae

    Elapidae – Elapids

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

    Homalopsidae – Indo-Australian Water Snakes

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


  103. Mock Viper, Psammodynastes pulverulentus

    Pareidae – Slug Snakes

  105. Blunt-headed Slug Snake, Aplopeltura boa
  106. Keeled Slug-eating Snake, Pareas carinatus
  107. Twin Slug-eating Snake, Pareas geminatus
  108. White-spotted Slug-eating Snake, Pareas margaritophorus
  109. Spotted Slug-eating Snake, Pareas macularius

    Pythonidae – Pythons

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

    Viperidae – Vipers & Pit Vipers

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

    Xenodermatidae – Strange-skinned Snakes

  136. Laotian Bearded Snake, Parafimbrios laos

    Xenopeltidae – Sunbeam Snakes

  138. 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. 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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