Bangkok’s Reptiles and Amphibians

The city of Bangkok is a fantastic place to find reptiles and amphibians, or “herps”. Bangkok’s herps include the tiny Ornate Narrowmouth Frogs and Brahminy Blind Snakes that you can find in your garden up to the giant Water Monitors and Reticulated Pythons that roam the canals. This website should help you identify the herps you find and learn more about their habits and contribution to our ecosystem.

The menu on the right has keys to identifying the reptiles and amphibians in Bangkok. If you want to identify an animal, just click on the correct group and you’ll be able to see them categorized by appearance.  You can also click on the links below:


Full Checklist of Reptiles and Amphibians in Bangkok

This website covers Bangkok and the surrounding area. For information on reptiles in the rest of Thailand, check out A Field Guide to the Reptiles of South-East Asia and A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand at any English-language Bangkok bookstore.

For stories about herping, you can read the Herping Adventures in Bangkok page. An article on my experiences herping in Bangkok and other Asian megacities can be found in the July 2012 issue of Herp Nation Magazine.

Take time to explore the site, leave comments on anything that interests you, and happy herping!


16 responses to “Bangkok’s Reptiles and Amphibians

  1. Jeff Stirling

    March 28, 2011 at 3:55 am

    awesome site, keep the herp dream alive!

  2. Thailand

    April 30, 2011 at 7:22 am

    I remember visiting the park in Bangkok Thailand and thinking that I had spotted some rare giant Lizard. I scrambled to get a photo of this elusive Thailand monster. I later discovered these monsters “Water Monitors” are quite common in Lumpani park and not that elusive. I still think they are some really cool reptiles.

  3. Ash

    September 26, 2011 at 5:58 am

    Great blog! I intend to go herping some day in Thailand and Southeast Asia and actually already bought that book that you mention A Field-Guide to the Reptiles & Amphibians of Southeast Asia. I LOVE your photo of the monitor too. Isn’t it cool just to be able to see such amazing species in the wild? My herping has been limited to the USA and Caribbean thus far.

  4. Jonathan Hakim

    September 27, 2011 at 6:09 am

    Thank you very much for the positive comments. You are correct – those who are lucky enough to live in Bangkok get to see many fascinating species that make lots of wildlife enthusiasts envious.

    • Angela

      October 12, 2011 at 9:30 am

      Coming to Bangkok in November to shoot a TV show for National Geographic Wild. Looking for Herpers….may I have a number to call you. Cheers, Angela (Toronto)

  5. jordan

    November 13, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    So happy to find this site! Great job!!!! Back in the states keeping and breeding snakes was a big part of my life, but not so much here. Anyone know of a herper group in Bangkok? I would love to meet up with fellow reptile enthusiasts.

    Also I’ve been coming across a lot of very tiny frogs on Silom (mush smaller then a 25 satang coin.) In front of the main Bangkok Bank Branch there is a garden full of them as well as several places on Sathorn. Anyone know what they are?

    JOrdan on Silom

    • Jonathan Hakim

      November 14, 2011 at 2:22 am

      I’m not aware of any herper groups in Bangkok. The only place I know of to find people involved in herping is at the National History Museum or at the universities.

      The tiny frogs you are seeing could be recently transformed froglets of any species, but I would bet on one of the microhylids. I should be able to finish the frog portion of this site in the next few months, and then you’ll be able to make a better comparison.

  6. Annie Irving

    March 4, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Excellent website! I was able to identify a couple of frogs I photographed recently in Siem Reap from your photos. Thanks!

  7. publisher42

    October 20, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Great initiative….! fantastic and helpful body of work…all the best

  8. Simon Long

    April 1, 2015 at 12:17 am

    Hello, Are you still located in Bangkok? I plan to be there in a few days. Let me know how I can contact you for more info. Best.

  9. terje

    August 8, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Have the pleasure today of seeing a photo serie of what I believe is a long tailed sun skink catching, killing and eating a large scolopender. The scolopender is around 15 – 18 cm. In the end eaten still being longer than the belly of the skink.

  10. Klaus

    August 29, 2015 at 3:47 am

    Excellent, will be in Bangkok soon and try to check out some of your places, thanks

  11. Reece Wood

    January 18, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Dear sir or miss I am asking permition to use your photo in my ICT project.

    Reece wood.

  12. Liz

    September 22, 2016 at 1:17 am

    Oh goodness, I’m already so in love with the herps in my area (Southeastern US). This is giving me a whole different world of reptiles to fall in love with! Thanks for the info and page 🙂

  13. Amael Borzee

    January 6, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    Hello! Your blog is very informative! I really enjoyed reading it. I will be in Bangkok for work but I have a single night to look around for frogs. Would you have any site/area/place to recommend with a high probability to see a few species?


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