This group contains all our photo galleries of animal life, belonging to the Taxonomic Class Reptilia, the reptiles which includes crocodilians, turtles, snakes, lizards, tuatara and their relatives. The galleries of photos are sorted by their Taxonomic Genus and Species. Click on the photo to view the gallery contents.
Reptile species can be found in all types of habitat except polar ice and tundra. Most are terrestrial but some also spend a great deal of time in the water. All reptiles are vertebrates, meaning they have a backbone or spine, they are covered with scales and have lungs for breathing. Reptiles are ectothermic, also known as cold-blooded, so they're unable to control their own body heat and must obtain warmth from sunlight and the environment around them. If they get too hot, they have to find shade or a burrow to help them cool down. Reticulated pythons and saltwater crocodiles are the largest living reptiles and may grow to more than 7 metres in length, the smallest are dwarf geckos which only grow to about 20mm in length.