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Amazon Reptiles

By Rhett Butler [citation]

There are more than 450 species of lizards, snakes, turtles, tortoises, and caiman in the Amazon Basin.

Reptiles are an important food source for people in the Amazon.

Many reptiles species are illegally collected an exported for the international pet trade. Live animals are the fourth largest commodity in the smuggling industry after drugs, diamonds, and weapons.

Pictures of Amazonian Reptiles:

Green iguana (Iguana iguana), up close and personal



Tree Runner lizard (Plica plica)


Male anole lizard displaying its bright orange dewlap
Male anole lizard displaying its bright orange dewlap



Lizard seen from the underside of a leaf


Blunt-headed tree snake (Imantodes lentiferus)
Blunt-headed tree snake (Imantodes lentiferus)


Dwarf caiman (Palpebrosus trigonatus) in rainforest pond
Dwarf caiman (Palpebrosus trigonatus) in rainforest pond


Mabuya bistriata skink
Mabuya bistriata skink


Anole lizard (Anolis fuscoauratus) in Peru
Anole lizard (Anolis fuscoauratus) in Peru


Amazon race runner (Ameiva ameiva) in Peru
Amazon race runner (Ameiva ameiva) in Peru


Anole lizard on vine
Anole lizard on vine


Amazon race runner (Ameiva ameiva) in Peru
Amazon race runner (Ameiva ameiva) in Peru


Male Green Anolis lizard in canopy
Male Green Anolis lizard in canopy



Emerald boa


Turniptail Gecko or Turnip-tailed Gecko (Thecadactylus rapicauda) on tree trunk in Peru
Turniptail Gecko or Turnip-tailed Gecko (Thecadactylus rapicauda) on tree trunk in Peru


Amazon race runner (Ameiva ameiva) in Peru
Amazon race runner (Ameiva ameiva) in Peru


Anole lizard showing its bright orange dewlap in a territorial display
Anole lizard showing its bright orange dewlap in a territorial display


Anole lizard
Anole lizard


Male anole lizard on trunk of Kapok tree
Male anole lizard on trunk of Kapok tree


Bright green male anole lizard on canopy tower
Bright green male anole lizard on canopy tower


Brown anole lizard
Brown anole lizard


Cicada and anole lizard sharing a tree trunk
Cicada and anole lizard sharing a tree trunk



Caiman



Caiman


Green tree snake
Green tree snake


Turnip-tailed Gecko (Thecadactylus rapicauda)
Turnip-tailed Gecko (Thecadactylus rapicauda)


Unknown bright green lizard in the Peruvian Amazon
Unknown bright green lizard in the Peruvian Amazon


Blunt-headed tree snake (Imantodes lentiferus)
Blunt-headed tree snake (Imantodes lentiferus)


Anole lizard (Anolis sp.) in Peru
Anole lizard (Anolis sp.) in Peru


Unknown bright green lizard in the Peruvian Amazon
Unknown bright green lizard in the Peruvian Amazon


Examining a large snake
Examining a large snake


Several side-necked turtles (Podocnemis sp.) on log
Several side-necked turtles (Podocnemis sp.) on log


Yellow spotted Side-necked turtle (Podocnemis sp.) on log
Yellow spotted Side-necked turtle (Podocnemis sp.) on log


Yellow-footed Tortoise (Geochelone denticulata)
Yellow-footed Tortoise (Geochelone denticulata)


Yellow-footed Tortoise (Geochelone denticulata)
Yellow-footed Tortoise (Geochelone denticulata)



Caiman


Yellow, green, blue, and gray lizard
Yellow, green, blue, and gray lizard


Green garden lizard (Ameiva ameiva)
Green garden lizard (Ameiva ameiva)




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