A preliminary checklist of reptile species in Kuiburi national park
This study aimed to explore diversity and status of reptile species in Kuiburi national park. The surveys were carried out from November 2014 to August 2015 utilizing the visual encounter methodology.
The surveys identified 44 species of reptiles belonging to 2 orders and 14 families. Among the species detected 15 are classified as protected in Thailand Wildlife Preservation and Protection Act. One of the species identified is listed in CITES Appendix I, 10 species in Appendix II and 1 species in Appendix III. Two of the species detected during the surveys are classified as Endangered in IUCN Red List, two species are classified as Near Threatened, 3 species as Vulnerable, 4 species as Not Evaluated and 33 species as Least Concern. Most of the species found during this study are endemic. It is therefore critical to implement management strategies that can maintain a suitable habitat for those species, as well as for protecting the entire biodiversity in the area.
Keywords: Reptile, Kuiburi national park