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A new release of database - 9,831 species (up from 9,789 in April, i.e. plus 42, including resurrections etc.). 31,756 literature references (+441) including 386 papers published in 2013.

Since the last release (in April) we have also updated distribution information for 758 and edited or updated the type information of 595 species (7,517 species now with type information).


A new release of database - 9,789 species (up from 9,741, i.e. plus 48, including resurrections etc.). 31,315 literature references (+674), including 89 published in 2013.

We have also updated the synonymies of 1960 entries since last time (mostly by adding chresonyms), added references to 1,270 species, updated the distribution of 252 species, and edited the comments of 380 species. Overall, almost 4,000 species have been edited since the last update, ... which actually even surprises us!


A new release of database - 9,741 species (up from 9,670, i.e. plus 71, including resurrections etc.). 30,641 literature references (+531), including 701 published in 2012. This year 168 new reptile species have been described (so far).



The Reptile Database is a taxonomic database that provides basic information about all living reptile species, such as turtles, snakes, lizards, and crocodiles, as well as tuataras and amphisbaenians, but does not include dinosaurs.

Currently there are about 9,800 species and an additional 2,700 subspecies. This is making reptiles the largest vertebrate group after fish (~25,000 species) and birds (~10,000 species), and significantly larger than mammals (~5,000 species) or amphibians (~6,000 species).

The Reptile Database provides taxonomic information for the Catalogue of Life and the Encyclopedia of Life. Our taxonomic information has also been used by GenBank and many other resources and is the only comprehensive reptile database on the web.

The reptile database can be used to find all species within a certain geographic area (e.g. all snakes of Egypt). Its collection of more than 2,500 images allow users to identify a species or at least get an idea how the species or genus may look like. More than 30,000 references provide a guide to further information.