Below you can find a complete list of Thai animals. We currently track 190 animals in Thailand and are adding more every day!
Situated in the heart of Southeast Asia, Thailand is a populous country of lush rainforests, wetlands, mountains, highlands, and floodplains with a rich natural bounty of strange and exotic primates, birds, cats, insects, and snakes. It is a popular tourist destination for people around the world.
The Official National Animal of Thailand
The national animal of Thailand is the Asian elephant.
Where to Find the Top Wild Animals in Thailand
The best locations from which to discover Thailand’s exotic wildlife are its national parks and protected areas, including Khao Sak, Khao Yai, Khao Sam Roi Yot, Kaeng Krachan, and Erawan.
The Most Dangerous Animals in Thailand Today
Thailand has many large predators and strange venomous animals that pose a danger to human life.
- Scorpions – Thailand has several exotic species of scorpions with painful, venomous stings. While this venom is usually not too dangerous, a small number of people may have an allergic reaction and require some medical attention.
- Snakes – Thailand is home to a large variety of dangerous sea snakes, coral snakes, cobras, and vipers with painful venom, some of which can cause strange neurological symptoms such as vertigo, blurred vision, and paralysis. Death is uncommon but possible.
- Saltwater Crocodile – The largest and most fearsome of the crocodiles, this species is also the most likely to attack people that wander into its territory.
Endangered Animals in Thailand
- Gibbons – Thailand is home to the white-handed gibbon, an arboreal but tailless primate with incredible speed and agility.
- Asian Elephants – The country’s national symbol is also now in danger of becoming extinct from habitat loss and poaching. Only a few thousand remain in the wild.
- Indochinese Tiger – This subspecies of the tiger only has a few hundred survivors remaining.
First evolved 100 million years ago!
Renew their horns every year!
They are so named because they "march" in armies of worms from one crop to another in search of food
Domesticated for hundreds of years!
The largest wasp in the world!
It mainly eats mangos and coffee!
Extinct ancestor of all domesticated cattle!
People spin clothing and fishing nets out of these spiders’ silk.
Markings give it camouflage!
There are over 2,000 known species!
Found everywhere around the world!
Older offspring help care for new hatchlings.
Detects prey using echolocation!
There are 8 different species!
There are more than 350,000 different species
Also known as the Asian Bearcat!
Not all birds are able to fly!
They typically prey on insects!
The most common species of bee!
These snakes can swallow their prey as whole.
There are thought to be up 20,000 species!
The camel crickets that are found in the USA are light brown in color. They also have dark streaks all over their body.
Carpenter ants can lift up to seven times their own weight with their teeth!
Cashmere goat are named after Kashmir regions of India and Pakistan
First domesticated by the Ancient Egyptians!
The larvae of a moth or butterfly!
There are nearly 3,000 different species!
There are about 3,000 documented species!
First domesticated more than 10,000 years ago!
They are excellent “guard geese”
Cicadas have one of the longest insect lifespans
Has canines that can be two inches long!
Dated to be around 300 million years old!
The most common raptor in the UK!
House spiders have the ability to eat most insects in a home.
A group of ravens is called an unkindness or a conspiracy.
There are nearly 1.5 million worldwide!
There are 93 different crab groups
Found throughout the South-East Asian jungles!
Crab Spiders can mimic ants or bird droppings
Many are critically endangered species!
Have changed little in 200 million years!
There are around 40 different species!
Only 2,000 left in the wild!
First domesticated in South-East Asia!
First domesticated 5,000 years ago!
Found in Europe, Africa and Asia!
Beneath the lizard’s “wings” are a pair of enlarged ribs for support.
It's larvae are carnivorous!
Rows of tiny plates line their teeth!
The dung beetle can push objects many times its own weight
Has exceptional eyesight!
There are nearly 2,000 different species!
Eels can be a mere few inches long to 13 feet!
Spends around 22 hours a day eating!
The fastest creatures on the planet!
False spiders actually prey on black widow spiders and other hazardous spiders
The fiddler crab gets its name from the motion the males make with their over-sized claw during the mating ritual.
Found across mainland Europe and Asia!
Scoops fish out of the water using it's paw!
The Flowerhorn fish is an artificial species; it does not exist naturally
There are more than 240,000 different species!
Can glide up to 90 meters!
There are 12 different species in the world!
There are around 7,000 different species!
Among the largest bats in the world
There are thought to be over 2,000 species!
Originally known as the Desert Rat!
Found in dense jungles and tropical forests!
Found inhabiting dense woodland and caves!
Most closely related to the Sheep!
Migrates between Europe and Asia!
There are 29 different species!
There are 11,000 known species!
Able to run as quickly backwards as forwards!
Can reach speeds of over 40 mph!
Thought to be one of the oldest mammals on Earth!
Inhabits wetlands around the world!
There are only 8 recognized species!
Stunning bird with a stinky way to deter predators!
Has evolved over 50 million years!
Horseflies have been seen performing Immelmann turns, much like fighter jets.
Changed little in over 500 million years!
Thought to have orignated 200,000 years ago!
Some huntsman spiders have an interesting way of moving around. Some cartwheel while others do handsprings or backflips.
Found in swamps, marshes and wetlands!
Found throughout south-east Asia!
Now thought to be extinct in China!
There are an estimated 30 million species!
Can maintain speeds of 16 km/h!
Tiny rodent with a kangaroo-like jump!
They are the longest poisonous snake in the world.
Inhabits wetlands and woodlands worldwide!
There are more than 5,000 species worldwide!
Spends much of the time high in the trees!
There are 11 different species!
The offspring of a lion and tiger parents!
There are around 5,000 different species!
Have sharp spines below their eyes
Each locust can eat its weight in plants each day.
Ear tufts make it look bigger!
The lorikeet has a long brush-like tongue with fine hairs on it
They are found across Europe, Asia and Africa!
Found throughout Asia, India and China!
There are 2,500 known species worldwide!
They have a symbiotic relationship with ants.
The Mekong giant catfish is the largest purely freshwater fish in the world
Some species have a poisonous bite!
Primarily hunts and feeds on Earthworms!
Range in size from just 1 to 3 foot!
Has characteristics of two or more breeds!
Some species are thought to carry a weak venom!
There are around 260 known species!
Feeds on aquatic insects and water-spiders!
There are 250,000 different species!
Found on every continent on Earth!
The offspring of a horse and donkey parents!
The muntjac is the smallest type of deer in the world
For a nice price, the mynah bird makes a good pet.
Roamed Asia and Europe for around 100,000 years!
Able to regrow lost or damaged limbs!
Named more than 1,000 years ago!
There are more than 5,000 species.
Females are about four times the size of males
There are 13 different species worldwide
Bad eyesight, but great sense of smell
Can live for up to 100 years!
Most commonly found on the Indian mainland!
Females lay between 8 and 12 eggs per clutch!
Thought to have been domesticated in 9,000 BC!
They can find their way back to their nests from up to 1300 miles away.
Found in mountainous regions and rocky areas
There are 500 different species!
There are 30 different species worldwide!
Inhabits woodland and forest areas worldwide!
There are more than 50 different species!
Omnivores that eat anything!
The redback spiders found in New Caledonia differ from other populations in that they don’t practice sexual cannibalism and don’t bite people as much.
It's horns are made from keratin!
Inhabits freshwater habitats around the world!
There are more than 45 species in Australia alone!
The capybara, the world’s largest rodent, likes to be in and around bodies of water. Because of this, the Catholic Church in South America decided that it was a fish, and people were allowed to eat it during Lent and First Fridays.
There are more than 700 different species!
There are around 2,000 known species!
Males give birth to up to 1,000 offspring!
Around 35 million in the English countryside!
There are 2,000 different species worldwide!
Originated from temple cats in Thailand!
Can live in low-oxygen environments!
Some skinks lay eggs in some habitats while giving birth to skinklets in other habitats.
Found widely throughout British gardens!
They glide around on one foot, which is aided by the slime they produce
There are nearly 1,000 different species!
There are around 3,000 known species worldwide
There are 140 different species!
They prey on spiders to feed their larvae or they parasitize other spider wasps.
The shell serves as both a defense and camouflage!
Small rodents found in woodlands worldwide!
There are more than 3,000 different species!
Average adults weigh about 200 grams!
The smallest species of bear in the world!
Populations have been affected by pollution!
Most closely related to horses and rhinos!
Tarantula hawks are excellent pollinators, especially for milkweed.
Their mounds can be up to 9 meters tall!
In their native Thailand, Thai Ridgebacks were used to hunt cobras.
The American robin is called the robin because its red breast reminded European settlers of the robin back in the old country.
The largest feline in the world!
The adult tiger beetle is one of the fastest land insects in the world
Can live until they are more than 150 years old!
Found in warmer jungles and forests!
Some species of aquatic turtles can get up to 70 percent of their oxygen through their butt.
Vinegaroons can spray 19 times before the glands are depleted
There are 30 different species worldwide!
The walking catfish can move on land while breathing air
There are around 75,000 recognised species!
Has been domesticated for thousands of years!
Spends most of it's time in the trees!
The smallest carnivorous mammal in the world!
None have been seen in the wild for 50 years!
Males have a top tusk to sharpen the bottom one!
Thought to date back more than 300,000 years!
Carnivorous arachnid that hunts its prey.
This animal can roll up into a ball
Unlike most spiders, woodlouse spiders don’t build a web.
There are 200 different species!
There are around 75 different species!
Thai Animals List
Animals in Thailand FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
What are some of the extinct animals in Thailand?
Thailand was once home to a species called Schomburgk’s deer, which was last sighted in 1938. The kouprey, or forest ox, may be extinct as well.
Does Thailand have any bears?
Yes, both the Asian black bear and sun bear are native to the country.