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November 2021 - New Release!

  • Since our last release in late May, we have added 120 species records to the Reptile Database which stands now at 11,690 species and 2,198 subspecies.
  • 104 species have been newly described, 23 have been revalidated or elevated from subspecies, and 3 have been synonymized during the past 5 months or so.
  • While 2020 has gained a record 254 newly described species, an all-time high, we are hot on its heels with 192 new species so far this year.

May 2021 - New Release!

  • Count of species records stands now at 11,570 species and 2,192 subspecies.
  • 111 species have been newly described, 12 have been revalidated or elevated from subspecies, and 11 have been synonymized during the past 5 months or so.
  • This release contains 9,243 references more than the previous release, namely 61,495 vs. 52,252 last December.

December 2020 - New Release!

  • Added 99 species records which stands now at 11,440.
  • Our literature database count stands now at 52,252 references, up from 51,314 in the last release.



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.