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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).

2014-08-01 - new release of database

  • 10,038 species (plus 86, including resurrections etc.).
  • 34,104 literature references (plus 546) including 698 papers published in 2014.

All species of Agamidae and Gymnophthalmidae are mapped to subfamilies. Turtles following turtle checklist by TTWG 2014 now. And many others...

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.



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.