Koh Chang Nature
Welcome to Koh Chang Nature – a collaborative project to identify and monitor the land and marine wildlife of Koh Chang Island in Trat province in Eastern Thailand. The idea for this came about because there just isn’t anywhere that has detailed information on what species are currently to be found on Koh Chang. In the Koh Chang Guide magazine we’re still publishing wildlife information that was gathered from a survey commissioned by Thailand’s National Park in 1992. Given all the development that has happened since then that might as well be the stone age.
Who knows if all of those species are still there? Well, you do. And that’s the idea.
This site will pull together your contributed photos of sightings of all kinds of animals above and below water on Koh Chang and we’ll add a page for each new species that is identified.
So please help out if you can. Here’s how:
1 – Take a photo or photos of (living) animals on Koh Chang
2 – Mail us the photo(s) together with a few where/when/what details using our submission form.
3 – Wait. We’ll process all submissions as soon as we can and build the website based on these sightings.
But don’t feel that you have to. Feel free to just browse through the site if you like and find out some amazing things about the amazing animals that we share Koh Chang with.
The Findings of the 1992 Survey
The survey conducted for Thailand’s National Park Service in 1992 recorded 29 different species of mammal on Koh Chang. These included the Stump-Tailed Macaque, Barking Deer, Wild Pig, Javan Mongoose and Silvered Langur.
Birdwatchers will be pleased to know that 74 bird species were found including the Nightjar, Pacific Swallow, Yellow Vented Bulbul and Oriental Pied Hornbill
Additionally the survey noted 42 different species of amphibians and reptiles. Snakes that inhabit Koh Chang include the Python, Rat Snake and King Cobra. Malayan Mud Turtles, Monitor Lizards and the ubiquitous Geckoes are also found on the island.
So let’s see how many of those beasts are still here. I guess it goes without saying that you should be careful in your Koh Chang nature searches. Some of the animals you’ll find on Koh Chang are pretty scary and dangerous; don’t take any unnecessary risks getting those photos. We can’t take any responsibility for any accidents resulting from nature quests. Be sensible.
Expert Help Needed
Processing and identifying these creatures is going to be a challenge. If you have expertise, any at all, that you can share with the project then please let us know and we’ll be more than happy to have your assistance.
You can message us below.
Yellow-Vented Bulbul – pycnonotus goiavier Habitat: Open and cultivated areas Observed: February 2015 – Koh Chang Observed by: David Vinot The yellow-vented bulbul is a member or the passerine family of birds that is native to Southeast asia. It builds a fragile nest from all kinds of plant that it can find and lays between […]
Brahminy Kite – Haliastur Indus Habitat: Coasts and inland wetlands Observed: February 2016 – Koh Chang Observed by: David Vinot, Jean-Piere Odet The Brahminy Kite is a large and attractively coloured brown and white bird of prey. It is mainly a scavenger that feeds on dead fish and crabs but they also hunt live prey […]
Common Myna – Acridotheres tristis Habitat: Open woodlans and urban areas Observed: February 2015 – Koh Chang Observed by: David Vinot You will see the Common Mynah, also known as the Indian Mynah, all over Koh Chang and Thailand. It is an opportunistic omnivore that seems unphased by human company and is hence a common […]
Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus) Last Observed: 2015, Koh Chang Observed By: BB Divers, Jonathan Milnes, Karin Golsteyn The Whale Shark is Koh Chang’s biggest visitor by quite some margin. This gentle giant is frequently found in koh Chang waters and a Whale Shark encounter is a unique diving experience. Generally juvenile animals are found in […]
Wild Boar (Sus scrofa) Observed: Koh Chang, December 2015 Observed By: สุธนัย ครุพานิช The Wild Boar is one of Koh Chang’s largest land mammals. The wild boar is extremely widespread around the world and is not classed as endangered on a global scale. They are the ancestors of domestic pigs and like their domestic relatives […]
Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus) Observed: Koh Chang, December 2015 Observed By: Jonathan Milnes Whilst there are no truly wild elephants on Koh Chang the numerous elephant trekking operations mean that they are a common sight on the island. They live in a jungle environment and feed on jungle plants so they are part of the […]
Bluespotted Ribbontail Ray (Taeniura lymma) Observed: Koh Chang Reefs, Observed By: Jonathan Milnes The Bluespotted Ribbontail Ray is a beautiful reef-dwelling fish found in the waters around Koh Chang. It is a relatively small ray that doesn’t exceed 35cm in width. It’s poisonous tail spines are able to injure people but it is atimid creature […]
Red Lionfish (Pterois volitans) Observed: Koh Chang Waters Observed By: Jonathan Milnes The Red Lionfish is a colourful member of the scorpion fish family that has an array of venomous spines running down its back. Adults can grow as large as 47cm and live up to ten years. Their poison spines are used for protection […]
Blue Ring Angelfish (Pomacanthus annularis) Observed: Koh Chang Reefs Observed by: Jonathan Milnes The beautiful blue ring angelfish is thankfully a fairly common sight on Koh Chang’s reefs. It is a voracious feeder eating algae, coral, other fish, shrimps and pretty much anything it can sink its teeth into. Blue ring angelfish Wikipedia
Tokay Gecko (Gekko Gekko) Last Observed: October 2015, Lonely Beach, Koh Chang Observed By: David Newman The Tokay Gecko is a large and aggresive lizard common across Southern and Southeast Asia. It is an fierce predator and noted for it’s loud and repetitive cries which, whilst in English are recorded Ge-Ko Ge-Ko, also are the […]
White-Lipped Pit Viper (Trimeresurus albolabris) Last Observed: November 2015, Koh Chang Observed By: Teerasak Thomas Suamcheepmasau, Paul Mann, Jean-Pierre Odet The White-Lipped Pit Viper is a brilliant emerald green species of poisonous snake that is native to Southeast Asia. The aren’t too big, growing to a maximum length of 81cm, but that’s big enough when […]
Bowring’s Supple Skink (Lygosoma bowringii) Last Observed: November 2015 Observed By: Tijl Adriaen, David Vinot Also known as the Christmas Island Grass Skink, Bowring’s Supple Skink is a reptile found in East and Southeast Asia, Australian and the Philippines. Bowring’s Supple Skink Wikipedia
Pale Chinese Edible Frog (Hoplobatrachus rugulosus) Observed: February 2015 – Koh Chang Observed By: David Vinot The Pale Chinese Edible Frog is the paler skinned cousin of the Chinese Edible Frog. And it’s edible. The name says it all really. Apparently in China it is also known as the “Field Chicken”, just to reinforce its […]
Golden Tree Frog (Polypedates sp.) Last Observed: November 2015, Klong Son, Koh Chang Observed By: Perry Stevens, Dave Hinchliffe, Tijl Adriean Okay this is a bit of a cheat. You see there are lots and lots of different tree frogs. We know that the ones pictured are in a family of tree frogs known as […]
Spotted narrow-mouthed frog (Kalophrynus interlineatus) Observed: December 2015, Koh Chang Observed By: Parinya Pawangkhanant The Spotted narrow-mouthed frog is an amphibian species native to Koh Chang and habitats across South and Southeast Asia. Spotted narrow-mouthed frog Wikipedia
Giant Golden Orb Weaver Spider (Nephila Pelipes) Last Observed: October 2015 – Koh Chang Observations by By: Heli Pohjolainen, David Vinot, Tiger Maa, Dave Hinchliffe, Perry Stevens This beautiful, but admittedly large and potentially scary spider is a common sight in the woodlands of Koh Chang. It builds huge and intricate webs and seldom if […]
Katydid (Pseudophyllus hercules) Last Observed: November 2015 at Lonely Beach, Koh Chang Observed By: David Newman, Tijl Adriaen, Dave Hinchliffe, Suthanai Krupanich This huge insect is a master of disguise and is one of several Koh Chang jungle insects that protect themselves from predators by looking like leaves or twigs. As with many Koh Chang […]
Crimson Dropwing (Trithemis aurora) Last Observed: February 2015, Koh Chang Observed By: David Vinot The Crimson Dropwing, also known as the Crimson Marsh Glider is a brilliantly-coloured memebr of the dragonfly family. Their four wings give them complete mastery of flight, including the ability to hover and even to fly backwards. Crimson Dropwing Wikipedia […]