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28 February 2018 - New Release!

  • Over the past 4 months, the number of species increased from 10,639 to 10,711.
  • 72 new species have bee described and added since October 2017.

15 October 2017 - New Release!

  • The number of species has grown from 10,544 in the May release to now 10,639 (+95 species).
  • Overall, 212 new taxa have been added or changed their status or name.

24 December 2016 -- New Release!

  • 34 new species in this release (or 142 new species this year so far) with a few that did not make our deadline for this release.
  • A total of 10,499 species, including 80 new and changed names in this release alone (see our checklist for details).
  • 662 papers added to this release, or 1,595 references published this year, bringing our bibliography to a total of 40,550 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.