Reptile Photo Albums

This album collection links to webpages that feature image galleries of reptiles. 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. 

Close-up of a Hawksbill Turtle returning to the sea after laying eggs at Anse Bazarca on Mahé Islands in Seychelles

Crocodiles, Turtles and Tortoises

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

Eastern Shingleback Lizard (Tiliqua rugosa asper) on the sand at Salt Creek in Fleurieu Peninsula

Lizards, Skinks and Geckos

The album displays photos of monitor lizards, wall lizards, whiptails, skinks and relatives placed in suborder Autarchoglossa together with geckos from suborder Gekkota.

Galápagos Marine Iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) nominate species on lava rocks at Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island

Iguanas (Land, Marine and Tropidurid)

The photo album includes Galápagos endemic species of land, marine and tropidurid iguanas placed in suborder Iguania.

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

Iguanas (Agamids and Anoles)

This iguana photo album contains images from several agamid subfamilies featuring lizards from SE Asia and Australia.

Banded Krait (Bungarus fasciatus) closeup in the mangrove swamp at Kuala Selangor Nature Park

Snakes

The photo album features images from Colubrid, Viper, Krait and Boa snake families.

Reptiles Photo Album Taxonomy

Traditional Reptilia Classification 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 time-ordered evolutionary history taxonomic diagram illustrating the general arrangement of high-level mammal taxonomy relevant to the reptile photo album collections.

Class Aves (Birds) 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 and Snakes) comprising the following suborders:
(a) Autarchoglossa (Lizards and Skinks),
(b) Gekkota (Geckos),
(c) Iguania (Iguanas),
(i) Land, Marine and Tropidurid,
(ii) Agamids and Anoles,
(d) Serpentes (Snakes).

 

The figure shows a simplified taxonomic diagram applicable to Reptilia
The figure shows a simplified taxonomic diagram applicable to Reptilia