Threatened Thailand Reptiles and Amphibians

Here is a list pulled from the “IUCN Red List of Threatened Species” showing the threatened reptile and amphibian species in Thailand. There are a couple of snakes, turtles, frogs, and other interesting species.

Especially of note is the declining population of king cobras – Ophiophagus hannah. Each king cobra show in Thailand catches and buys dozens of these amazing snakes and many die in captivity or are sold off – ending up on a dinner plate in China, or even Bangkok.

All credit for the list goes to the IUCN Red List folks! Go visit and see what all their database has about species you’re interested in. It’s pretty extensive.

Threatened Thailand Species (Snakes in bold):

Amyda cartilaginea (Southeast Asian Softshell Turtle)
Status: Vulnerable

Ansonia siamensis
Status: Vulnerable

Batagur baska (Four-toed Terrapin)
Status: Critically Endangered

Batagur borneoensis (Three-striped Batagur)
Status: Critically Endangered

Boiga saengsomi (Banded Green Cat Snake)
Status: Endangered

Chelonia mydas (Green Turtle)
Status: Endangered

Chitra chitra (Southeast Asian Narrow-headed Softshell Turtle)
Status: Critically Endangered

Crocodylus siamensis (Siamese Crocodile)
Status: Critically Endangered

Cryptelytrops kanburiensis (Kanburi Pit Viper)
Status: Endangered

Cuora amboinensis (Southeast Asian Box Turtle)
Status: Vulnerable

Cyclemys dentata (Brown Stream Terrapin)
Status: Lower Risk/near threatened

Dermochelys coriacea (Leatherback)
Status: Vulnerable

Eretmochelys imbricata (Hawksbill Turtle)
Status: Critically Endangered

Glyphoglossus molossus (Blunt-headed Burrowing Frog)
Status: Near Threatened

Heosemys annandalii (Yellow-headed Temple Turtle)
Status: Endangered

Heosemys grandis (Giant Asian Pond Turtle)
Status: Vulnerable

Heosemys spinosa (Sunburst Turtle)
Status: Endangered

Hylarana banjarana
Status: Near Threatened

Hylarana mortenseni
Status: Near Threatened

Indotestudo elongata (Yellow-headed Tortoise)
Status: Endangered

Ingerana tasanae
Status: Vulnerable

Kaloula mediolineata (Middle Back-stripe Bullfrog)
Status: Near Threatened

Lepidochelys olivacea (Olive Ridley)
Status: Vulnerable

Limnonectes blythii (Giant Asian River Frog)
Status: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Pop. trend: decreasing

Limnonectes malesianus (Malaysia River Frog)
Status: Near Threatened

Limnonectes paramacrodon (Lesser Swamp Frog)
Status: Near Threatened

Malayemys subtrijuga
Status: Vulnerable

Manouria emys (Burmese Mountain Tortoise)
Status: Endangered

Manouria impressa (Impressed Tortoise)
Status: Vulnerable

Naja siamensis (Black And White Spitting Cobra)
Status: Vulnerable

Notochelys platynota (Malayan Flat-shelled Turtle)
Status: Vulnerable

Nyctixalus pictus (Cinnamon Frog)
Status: Near Threatened

Ophiophagus hannah (King Cobra)
Status: Vulnerable

Pelochelys cantorii (Frog-faced Softshell Turtle)
Status: Endangered

Platysternon megacephalum (Big-headed Turtle)
Status: Endangered

Python bivittatus (Burmese Python)
Status: Vulnerable

Quasipaa fasciculispina
Status: Vulnerable

Rhacophorus kio
Status: Vulnerable

Rhacophorus reinwardtii (Reinwardti’s Frog)
Status: Near Threatened

Sibynophis triangularis (Triangled Black-headed Snake)
Status: Near Threatened

Siebenrockiella crassicollis
Status: Vulnerable

Theloderma stellatum
Status: Near Threatened

Tomistoma schlegelii (False Gharial)
Status: Vulnerable

Xenophrys longipes
Status: Near Threatened

2 thoughts on “Threatened Thailand Reptiles and Amphibians”

  1. Yes the Thai, like people in other third world countries, are harvesting wildlife like there’s no tomorrow. Not only wildlife but more trees are being cut done for charcoal or to clear land for farming. In my experience there is little being done to conserve nature. Even in so called parks people are still not considerate of nature. The nature reserves are always under constant threat from poachers and illegal development. The average Thai, I believe, looks at life through rose colored glasses and/or ignorant of what is going on or can’t comprehend how they are impacting the environment. Of course there is a population that is poor and often depend on harvesting things for nature to make money. It is often the wealthy who provide the market for such goods. It is my prediction that Thailand in thirty years will be very sterile unless people along with their government turn things around but it’s going to take much effort to overcome indifference, ignorance, corruption and ineptitude.

    1. Thanks Larry, for your comment. I enjoyed that. I think it’s sad, but they’re in a stage of development of the country where they’re just not worried about wildlife. They have too many other things to think about (themselves).

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