British Reptiles

British Reptiles on Wild About Britain includes hundreds of UK reptile images in our photo gallery, the latest British reptile news, lots of conversations in our reptile forums, a directory of reptile-related organisations and websites, as well as a big reference encyclopedia with information on UK species from Smooth Snakes and Slow Worms to the Common Lizard and the Adder.

Encyclopedia of British Reptiles

Common Name Scientific Name Description
Smooth Newt Triturus vulgaris

Females and non-breeding males are pale brown or olive green, sometimes with two darker stripes... more

Sand Lizard Lacerta agilis

Sand Lizards are stocky and short -legged and have small, blunt heads and snouts with short... more

Adder Vipera berus

An often thick-bodied viper with a flat snout, nearly always several large scales on the top of... more

Smooth Snake Coronella austriaca

The Smooth Snake is a slender snake covered in smooth flat scales and vary in colour from grey,... more

Common Lizard Zootoca vivipara

Adults have a rather slender body with an angular pointed snout. The basic colour varies but... more

Identification of British Reptiles

Natrix natrix
Zootoca vivipara
Anguis fragillis
Vipera berus


Title Description
Amnion A thin membrane that encloses the embryo in an egg