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2016-08-15 - new release of database

  • 10,450 species, up from 10,391 in April.
  • 39,887 literature references, up from 38,902 in April.

2016-04-17 - new release of database

  • 10,391 species, up from 10,309 in December 2015, including 54 new species that have been described this year, 16 subspecies elevated from subspecies, and 11 species revalidated from synonymy.
  • 38,902 literature references, up from 38,122 in December 2015, i.e. plus 780 publications, of which 375 have been published in 2016, 22,093 references have links to online sources.

2015-12-22 - new release of database

  • 10,309 species (190 more than the Dec 2014).
  • 38,116 literature references (added new 2,502 references).



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.