Field records of turtles, snakes and lizards in Myanmar (2009–2017) with natural history observations and notes on FOLK herpetological knowledge

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Steven G. Platt
George R. Zug
Kalyar Platt
Win Ko Ko
Khin Myo Myo
Me Me Soe
Tint Lwin
Myo Min Win
Swann Htet Naing Aung
Nay Win Kyaw
Htun Thu
Kyaw Thu Zaw Wint
Peter Paul van Dijk
Brian D. Horne
Thomas R. Rainwater


The herpetofauna of Myanmar remains one of the least studied and poorly known in Asia, and even basic distributional and natural history data are lacking for many species. This situation is particularly alarming given the need for such data when prioritizing conservation action and crafting effective management plans. Furthermore, ethnobiological investigations have long been neglected in Myanmar despite the ethnic diversity of the country. We here report field observations with accompanying locality data for turtles (18 species), snakes (27 species), and lizards (7 species) from western, central, eastern, and southern regions of Myanmar during 2009–2017. We also present natural history observations, and information on folk herpetological knowledge and conservation status of selected species.

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