Common Asian Reptiles!

Some common Asian Reptiles:

Acanthosaura capra

Common names: Goat Horned Mountain Anole, Golden-backed Mountain Anole

The Acanthosaura Capra, also known as the Goat-horned Lizard or Vietnamese Bush Lizard is a species belonging to the Iguania suborder of lizards. The original distribution of this lizard includes only Vietnam and Laos; however, it has now been introduced in Japan. This lizard is diurnal (active during the day), arboreal and an excellent climber, tending to spend most of its time on top of branches. It prefers habitats such as open fields with scattered bushes interspersed between patches of forest. In captivity, these animals are often kept at very temperatures which can lead to stress.

Acanthosaura lepidogaster

The Acanthosaura lepidogaster is a species of lizard belonging to the Iguania suborder of lizards. It is found in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. This species was first spotted by Duméril & Bibron in 1841. These animals are diurnal (active during the day), arboreal, active, and excellent climbers tend to spend most of their time on top of branches. They prefer habitats such as open fields with scattered bushes interspersed between patches of forest. In captivity, these animals are often kept at very high temperatures which can lead to stress.

Archelaphe beddomii

Common name: Vietnamese giant centipede (VN)

This arthropod may be dangerous to humans. Handle carefully. If bitten, seek medical attention.  Centipedes are predatory Arthropods belonging to the class Chilopoda of the subphylum Myriapoda. They are elongated metameric creatures with one pair of legs per body segment. A large specimen has a roughly pencil-eraser-sized body and measures up to 12 inches in length; however, most species rarely exceed 4 inches in length. Most species possess a horny, pointed “capitulum” that acts as a venomous claw and is used for capturing and immobilizing prey. Although there have been reports of human fatalities following the bite of large centipedes, these are rare and in most cases, the victim is likely to have had an allergic reaction to the injected saliva.

Boiga andamanensis

Common name: Andaman cat snake (VN)

The body of the snake is slender and cylindrical, shaped like a small trunk with smooth scales. Its head is broad and slightly distinct from its neck. The pupil of the eye appears as a vertical ellipse. Its rostral scale overhangs the mouth to form a hollow tube that it uses to inject venom into prey or threats. The tail ends in a spine that it can use to thrash the foliage without injuring itself; this adaptation protects it while hunting amidst heavy vegetation and allows it to launch quick attacks on prey . The coloration and markings of B. andamanensis are extremely variable, ranging from pale grey or greenish-olive head, neck, and dorsal surfaces to rich red, maroon or brown on the lateral surfaces of the body. The body scales are in 37–51 rows at midbody.

Crocodile Snake

Common name: False water cobra (Eng).

The term crocodile snake can refer to any of the following genera: Leptodeira, Porthidium, or Rhinobothryum. These snakes are known for their behavior of engaging prey with a highly venomous bite but having little or no venom in their saliva; it is the mechanical injury caused by the teeth during envenomation that stimulates the victim’s coagulation system and allows the efficient delivery of proteolytic enzymes.

Dasia Lizard

Common name: tree agamid (Eng) .

This genus of Asian agamid lizards has been placed in the family Agamidae, subfamily Phrynocephalinae, but recent research indicates they are more properly categorized as belonging to a distinct family, Dasiidae. These arboreal lizards occupy forest and woodland habitats and feed primarily on insects and other small invertebrates. Their body shape is adapted to climbing while their stout legs with sharp claws provide traction when scrambling over branches or creeping up vertical surfaces such as trees or fences. Some members of this genus will breed by parthenogenesis if males cannot be found.

Eurylepis rowelli

Common name: Savanna flathead lizard (Eng).

Eurylepis is a genus of lizards in the family Leiosauridae. Species in the genus Eurylepis are found only on the island nation of Fiji. They first arrived there as a result of long-distance dispersal from South Asia, their ancestral home. Their closest living relatives live on either side of northern Madagascar. Before arriving, these ancestors were believed to have been part of a single widespread species that were present across much of Asia and Africa, this population probably diverged prior to or soon after India separated from Asia as part of the continent drifted northward. In 2016, Zheng et al. suggested that emigration to Fiji may have taken more than once, with some species being more recent immigrants.

Eutropis (lizard)

Common name: Sri Lankan skink (Eng).

Eutropis is a genus of lizards in the family Scincidae. The genus has only one member, the bronze mabuya or green mabuya . It need not be confused with other similarly named genera such as Mabuya. Species are native to Africa and Asia.


Common name: anglehead lizard (Eng).

Gonocephalus is a genus of lizards in the family Agamidae. It contains 13 species, which are found occurs in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, South China Sea Islands, Philippines.

Hemidactylus Triedrus

Common name: common house gecko (Eng).

Hemidactylus is a genus of geckos. They are some of the most adaptable geckos in the Old World. These lizards are often kept as pets, but they can become an invasive species where they have been introduced.

Indian softshell turtle

Common name: Indian softshell (Eng).

The Indian softshell turtle or Indian flapshell turtle (Lissemys punctata) is one of seven species in the genus Lissemys, which is in the family Trionychidae.

Indian star tortoise

Common name: star tortoise (Eng).

The Indian star tortoise or stellate tortoise (Geochelone elegans) is a species of tortoise found in the dry regions of India.

Indo-Pacific gecko

Common name: spotted gecko (Eng).

The Indo-Pacific gecko or gold dust day gecko (Staurotypus salvinii) is a species of lizard in the family Gekkonidae. It can be found from Southeast Asia to New Guinea and Australia. It has been introduced to Hawaii, where it has become well known as an invasive species.

Japanese keelback

Common name: Japanese keelback (Eng).

The Japanese keelback or Keeled brown snake (Rhabdophis tigrinus) is a species of colubrid snake, which is endemic to Asia.

keeled box turtle

Common name: Keeled box turtle (Eng).

The South China box turtle or Keeled box turtle (Cuora mouhotii) is a species of turtle in the family Geoemydidae.

Laudakia Pakistanica

Common name: cat eye agama (Eng).

The Pakistan rock agama or Cat’s-eye agama (Laudakia pakistanica) is a species of lizard in the family Agamidae.


Common name: Burmese skink (Eng).

Lygosoma is a genus of lizards in the family Scincidae. The common name rough skinks are also used for many species, especially the western ones. Species are native to southern Europe, Africa, southwestern Asia, China, and southward to Java. Most species are found in India.

Macrovipera lebetina obtusa

Common name: Levant viper (Eng).

Macrovipera is a genus of venomous vipers. Species are found in northern Africa, the Balkans, and southwestern Asia.


Common name: plant snake (Eng).

Nessia is a genus of basal snakes. It contains only one species, the Arabian nessia (Nessia jemenica) . This relict animal is found in arid regions of southwestern Asia and northern Africa.

Oldham’s bow-fingered gecko

Common name: Oldham’s bow-fingered gecko (Eng).

The Oldham’s bow-fingered gecko or Oman thick-toed gecko (Pachydactylus oldhani) is a species of lizard in the family Gekkonidae.

Paralaudakia himalayana

Common name: Himalayan agama (Eng).

The Himalayan agama or Himalyan rock agama (Paralaudakia himalayana) is a species of lizard in the family Agamidae. It is found from Pakistan to Tibet.

Python molurus

Common name: Indian python (Eng).

A member of the Pythonidae, it is found in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.

Rhabdophis subminiatus

Common name: red-necked keelback (Eng).

The red-necked keelback or variable keelback (Rhabdophis subminiatus) is a species of snake found in China, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Nepal.

Scincella boettgeri

Common name: South Chinese skink (Eng).

The South Chinese skink or Boettger’s skink (Scincella boettgeri) is a species of lizard in the family Scincidae. It is endemic to China.

Sinomicrurus sauteri

Common name: Sauter’s coral snake (Eng).

Sri Lanka coral snake or Sauter’s whipsnake (Sinomicrurus sauteri) is a venomous elapid. It is endemic to China and found in Hainan.

Subsessor flavoviridis

Common name: yellow-bellied glider (Eng).

The yellow-bellied gliding snake or golden tree snake (Subsessor flaviviridis) is a species of snake in the family Colubridae.

Takydromus sexlineatus

Common name: Chinese grass lizard (Eng).

The Chinese grass lizard or Soochong lizard (Takydromus sexlineatus) is a species of arboreal lizards in the family Lacertidae.


Common name: Uromastyx (Eng).

A genus of agamid lizards found in the deserts of North Africa and Asia.

Viviparous toad

The Viviparous toad (Bufo viviparus) is a species of toad in the family Bufonidae. It is also known as the European common toad or simply common toad.

Zamenis situla

Common name: Central Asian racerunner (Eng).

Zamenis is a genus of colubrid snakes. Species are found from southwestern Europe, through southeastern Europe, Asia Minor, the Middle East, Central Asia, Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka .

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