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21 December 2019 - New Release!

  • The number of reptile species increased to 11,136 (+86 species).
  • 7 species have been revalidated from synonymy and 12 subspecies were elevated from subspecies to full species. In addition, 19 species moved to another genus. Finally, 11 species and subspecies were synonymized.

12 August 2019 -- New Release!

  • 11 thousand broken - currently The Reptile Database contains 11.050 species.
  • 11,050 species, less than 1000 species with subspecies, and more than 7000 species with DNA sequences.
  • More than 100 new species were described during the first 6 months of 2019.

23 April 2019 - New Release!

  • Over the past 5 months, the number of species increased from 10,885 to 10,970.
  • 85 new species have bee described and added since November 2018 and total of 180 new species were described in 2018.



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 more than 10,000 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.