Reptiles and Amphibians of Thailand

Thailand's Snakes, Lizards, Turtles, and Frogs

Reptiles and Amphibians of Thailand

The city of Bangkok is a wonderful place to find reptiles and amphibians, or “herps”. Minuscule narrowmouth frogs and blind snakes hide in the gardens while magnificent monitors and pythons roam the canals. If we make it a priority, these amazing animals will thrive alongside us in the city for the foreseeable future.

This website helps you identify the herps you find and learn more about their contribution to our ecosystem.

Use the pictures above or menu keys on the right to identify reptiles and amphibians in Bangkok. Click on the species group you’re interested in and you’ll see photos categorized by appearance.

Outside of Bangkok

Find something in another region of Thailand? I’m now building species pages for EVERY reptile and amphibian species in the country. Check out the following lists to see what species are present here and how to distinguish them from each other.

Conservation Worth Supporting

Here at Bangkok Herps we support conservation groups that further the interests of people and wildlife together. Some fantastic organizations working to do that are the Creative Conservation Alliance, Surviving Together, Health in Harmony, Batu Puteh Community Ecotourism Co-operative, and Lilok Farm. Check out their websites, support their initiatives, and let us know who else is promoting similar goals. These communities and the wild spaces around them will only prosper if we prioritize their future.

Latest “Herping Adventures” posts:

If you want to read stories about how to find these interesting animals, check out the Herping Adventures page.

Take your time to explore the site. Happy herping!

asian water monitor with exercisers at lumphini park

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32 thoughts on “Reptiles and Amphibians of Thailand

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    1. 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)

  4. 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

    1. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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