You are here » home

The Reptile Database

Advanced search
Search tips


2014-04-23 - new release of database

  • 9,952 species (plus 48, including resurrections etc.).
  • 33,558 literature references (plus 1,078) including 281 papers published in 2014.

In this release we have again elevated a number of subspecies to species level as these new “species” become more widely accepted. The Reptile Database now displays links to the NCBI taxonomy database in its species entries, which lead you directly to GenBank entries.

2013-12-08 - new release of database

  • 9,904 species (plus 73, including resurrections etc.).
  • 32,480 literature references (plus 724) including 1,038 papers published in 2013.

This release of the Reptile Database has gained 651 new photos, representing 416 new species from 93 contributors.

2013-07-28 - new release of database

  • 9,831 species (plus 42, including resurrections etc.).
  • 31,756 literature references (plus 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).



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.