Last year I made a trip back to Thailand for a conference in Pattaya. Not really wanting to leave the retreat complex in a city of Pattaya’s reputation, I was glad to see that the conference center had a decent garden and a nice large pond, which was the epicenter for some herp activity. I was happy with what I saw – it just goes to show that even a little plot of land in the middle of the city can have some thriving wildlife. Here are a few of the residents:

Common Indian Toad

Common Indian Toad Duttaphrynus melanostictus Pattaya Thailand

Asian Grass Frog

Asian Grass Frog Fejervarya limnocharis pattaya thailand

Chinese Edible Frog

Chinese Edible Frog Hoplobatrachus rugulosus pattaya thailand

Tokay Gecko

Tokay Gecko Gekko gecko pattaya thailand

Siamese Leaf-toed Gecko

Siamese Leaf-toed Gecko Dixonius siamensis pattaya thailand

Red-eared Slider (an introduced species from America)

Red-eared Slider Trachemys scripta elegans pattaya thailand

Chinese Softshell Turtle (an introduced species from China/Japan)

Chinese Softshell Turtle Pelodiscus sinensis pattaya thailand

Malayan Snail-eating Turtle

Malayan Snail-eating Turtle Malayemys macrocephala pattaya thailand