Australian Reptiles

There are more than 10,000 species of reptile in the world, and Australia is home to more than 1,000 of these. Australia has more reptile species than 95 per cent of other countries, and more than 95 per cent of Australia’s reptiles are found nowhere else in the world (endemic). The number of Australian reptile species described by scientists has grown quite markedly in recent years, doubling from the approximately 500 species known in 1975. This total will certainly continue to rise as people get better access to more remote areas of Australia, and as the result of the increasing availability of high-quality cameras, and advancements in DNA testing and analysis.