As you know we’re involved with projects in several countries. After nine years of hard work and trial, our paper on the herpetofauna of Lawachara National Park of Bangladesh has been published!

Officially we confirmed 71 species in the 12.5 square km park, though we are aware of several more that we are still working to ID to species level. Here is the paper’s abstract:

An annotated inventory of the herpetofauna of Lawachara National Park in Bangladesh is presented, based primarily on original field observations recorded during a six-year survey of the park. A total of 71 species are reported, including 19 Anura, one Apoda, two Chelonii, and 49 Squamata. The course of the survey revealed 16 range extensions including 11 new country records for Bangladesh. Eight of the 16 range extensions including six of the 11 country records are reported here for the first time. Deleted from previous Lawachara National Park checklists are 23 species that had been erroneously reported due to misidentification or the splitting or synonymization of species

If you wish to read the entire paper (including Scott’s incredible photos!), you can view it via the following link:

Amphibians and reptiles from Lawachara National ParkCheck List, the journal of biodiversity data

Lawachara was an incredible place of reptile and amphibian diversity, and I deeply appreciate being able to spend time there. Unfortunately, many of the species we catalogued will struggle to survive into the future. Due to the small size of the park and the lack of protected habitat nearby, the herps of the park are vulnerable to illegal logging, road kill from cars, poaching, and climate change.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my years in working with herps, it’s that conservation comes down to preserving the land. We simply haven’t allowed enough land to remain untouched from development. Without the land, the reptiles and amphibians will perish.