14 stunning pictures of reptiles in the wild — from frilled lizards to Komodo dragons

Barcroft Media / Getty ImagesA chameleon catching a bug with its lightning-quick tongue.

Komodo dragons and vipers and alligators, oh my! Some reptiles may have a scary reputation, and it’s no wonder that these ancient creatures have captivated public imagination for decades – from “Crocodile Dundee” to “Anaconda.”

But there’s much more to reptiles than fangs and fury. These scaly beings rained supreme for over 270 million years until the extinction of the dinosaurs. Since then, this ancient class of creatures has evolved into all shapes and sizes, with over 10,000 known species to date.

From adorable tiny turtles to those that look like miniature dinosaurs, here are 14 breathtaking images of reptiles in the wild.


A Komodo dragon extending its tongue, which helps it smell prey from up to seven kilometers away.

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A crocodile basking in the sunlight in Bangkok, Thailand.

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A green anaconda coiled up on a branch in the Amazon River Basin. These deadly predators can weigh up to 250 kilograms.

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National Geographic


A chameleon catching its prey in Madagascar. These little lizards can camouflage themselves to their surroundings, making them stealthy hunters.

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Iguanas can grow to be over 6 feet long. But despite their length, they manage to blend in well with their surroundings, like this iguana hiding in the trees.

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N
ational Geographic


A Galapagos​ tortoise can live to be 80 to 120 years old.

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National Geographic


Namibian rock agamas come in bright colours and enjoy hanging out in groups of 10 when they bask in the sun.

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Namibia.org


The frilled dragon, native to New Guinea and Australia, threatens predators by extending the flap of skin around its neck, or “frills.”

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The thorny devil, native to Australia, is named after a god of human sacrifice in John Milton’s poem “Paradise Lost.”

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Wired


The Mojave rattlesnake uses its rattle to alert predators to its presence. It can release about 130 different toxins during a bite.

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Rattlesnake Solutions


The alligator snapping turtle can live up to 100 years.

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National Geographic


A gharial at water’s edge in India. The world’s gharial population has decreased nearly 98% since the mid-1900s due to hunting for traditional medicine and changes to its environment.

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National Geographic


Despite its devilish appearance, the Saharan horned viper venom is rarely fatal to humans.

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Encyclopaedia Britannica


This newly born leatherback turtle, like many others like it, is making its way back to the ocean after being born on land.

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