A Half-yearly Peer Reviewed Journal of Bangladesh Forest Research Institute

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A study was carried out on the herpetofauna of the Baraiyadhala National Park in Chittagong,
Bangladesh by direct field observations during August 2012 to July 2013. In total, 38 species of
herpetofauna belonging to 3 orders (Anura, Testudines and Squamata), 16 families and 32 genera were
recorded. Out of the 38 species, 10 (26.32%) were amphibians and 28 (73.68%) reptiles. Among the
reptiles, 2 (7.14%) species were turtles, 12 (42.86%) lizards and 14 (50%) snakes while all but one (Asian
Common Toad, Duttaphrynus melanostictus) amphibians were frogs. Among the amphibians, Cricket
Frog (Fejervarya sp.) constituted the highest density and Bengal Leaping Frog (Hylarana tytleri)
accounted for the lowest. The density of South Asian Giant Gecko (Gekko gecko) was the highest and
Indian Rock Python (Python bivittatus), Gray Cat Snake (Boiga siamensis) and Banded Krait (Bungarus
fasciatus) were the lowest among reptiles. Local status (relative abundance) of herpetofauna were
assessed where 15 (39.47%) species were rare, 11 (28.95%) fairly common, 9 (23.68%) common and 3
(7.9%) were very common. Of the recorded species, 15 (39.47%; 2 amphibians and 13 reptiles) were
threatened including 2 Critically Endangered (CE), 6 Endangered (EN) and 7 Vulnerable (VU).

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