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17 August 2020 - New Release!

  • Since our last release in May, we have added 99 species records to the Reptile Database which stands now at 11,341 species and 2,224 subspecies.
  • 92 species have been newly described during the past 4 months or so. The year 2020 has already gained 145 newly described species, again bound for an all-time high this year.

2 May 2020 - New Release!

  • We have added 106 species to the Reptile Database, of which 81 have been newly described during the past 4 months.
  • The new species count for 2019 stands now at 220, an all-time high. In addition to new species, 76 names have changed, including 35 species that were moved to other genera.

21 December 2019 - New Release!

  • The number of reptile species increased to 11,136 (+86 species).
  • 7 species have been revalidated from synonymy and 12 subspecies were elevated from subspecies to full species. In addition, 19 species moved to another genus. Finally, 11 species and subspecies were synonymized.



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.