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2015-08-12 - new release of database

  • 10,269 species, up from 10,178 in March (plus 91). 72 new species have been added in 2015 so far, and another 19 revalidated or elevated from subspecies status.
  • 37,093 literature references, up from 36,278 in March (plus 815, including 761 published this year).

2015-03-24 - new release of database

  • 10,178 species, up from 10,119 in December (plus 59, including revalidations and elevations); 165 species were described in 2014 and 13 described so far this year.
  • 36,278 literature references, up from 35,615 in December (plus 663, including 96 published this year, and a record 1,652 published last year).

2014-12-08 - new release of database

  • 10,119 species (including 139 described in 2014).
  • 35,615 literature references (including 1,203 papers published in 2014).



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.