Long before the first dinosaur walked the earth, reptiles ruled the world. 65 million years after the last dinosaur drew its final breath, North America’s modern crocodiles, alligators, snakes, lizards, and turtles and tortoises are still keeping our native natural history alive!
Alligators and Crocodiles
Images of wild alligators and other crocodilians found and photographed in the United States. Species include the iconic American alligator, the endangered American saltwater crocodile and the invasive spectacled caiman.
Probably the most interesting and variable of all the world’s living reptiles, these seven lizard galleries include everything from iguanas, horned “toads”, the infamous Gila monster, whiptails, anoles, collared and spiny desert lizards, skinks and more!
When we think of something that can create an intense aversion to wildlife, nothing (except maybe spiders) causes more feelings of anxiety and sometimes panic than the sight of a snake. Once we get beyond that, we see that snakes are not only extremely beautiful, we see that they fit into an essential part of the natural order of most ecosystems around the world.
Turtles and Tortoises
More ancient than all snakes, alligators and crocodiles, the oldest members of the turtle family lived, thrived, bred and died as far back as 157 million years ago. Today, turtles and tortoises continue as they always have, although many species have become highly endangered in recent centuries.