Reptile Photo Albums

This album collection provides links to webpages that feature image galleries of reptiles, amphibians, and bony fish. The galleries display individual species portraits, behavioural shots, and juvenile/immature individuals when I have been able to photograph. See Taxonomy note below. See Taxonomy note below. 

Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) returning to sea after laying eggs at Anse Bazarca beach Seychelles

Crocodiles, Turtles and Tortoises

The photo album features species of crocodile, turtle and tortoise. Several turtle, and tortoise species displayed are ‘Red List’ assessed as ‘Endangered’ and ‘Critically Endangered’.

Boyd's Forest Dragon (Hypsilurus boydii) in the forest at Cape Tribulation’s Marrdja Boardwalk

Lizards, Skinks and Snakes

Species from nine families of lizards which includes monitors, wall, skinks, geckos, and iguanas together with the colubrid and boa snake families feature in the photo album.

Reptiles Photo Album Taxonomy

The simplified taxonomy family tree, based on cladistics, applies to the reptile photo albums.

Class Aves (Birds), is included for completeness, see https://www.rayplowman.co.uk/birds/ for all applicable bird photo albums.

The photo albums contain three Reptilia orders:
(1) Crocodilia (Crocodiles),
(2) Testudines (Turtles and Tortoises),
(3) Squamata (Lizards, Skinks, Monitors, Wall Lizards, Geckos, Iguanas and Snakes) comprising the following four suborders:
(a) Autarchoglossa (Skinks, Monitors, and Wall Lizards),
(b) Gekkota (Geckos),
(c) Iguania (Iguanas),
(d) Serpentes (Snakes).

The traditional Reptilia time-ordered evolutionary history places turtles closer to lizards rather than crocodiles and birds. But recent DNA analysis shows turtles share common ancestry with birds and crocodiles rather than lizards and snakes.

The figure shows a simplified taxonomy family tree applicable to Reptilia
The figure shows a simplified taxonomy family tree applicable to Reptilia