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If you prefer scales over fur or feathers, then a reptile may be for you! Reptiles belong to the reptilia class and are comprised of turtles, crocodilians, snakes, amphisbaenians, lizards and tuatara, as well as many extinct relatives. The earliest known reptiles first originated approximately 312 million years ago and over time adapted to live on dry land. Today, reptiles inhabit all continents, aside from Antarctica.

We become very familiar with the different types of reptiles in childhood, aside from the amphisbaenians and the tuatara. Amphisbaenians are also known as worm lizards and are comprised of 200 different extant species. These animals are limbless, like snakes, however they're more closely related to lizards. They're found throughout North America, Europe, Africa, South America, Western Asia and the Caribbean, with most only growing six inches in length (thank God). The other animal on this list that you may not recognize is the tuatara. These reptiles are related to lizards and can only be found in New Zealand. There's only one species of tuatara in it's order, making it especially fascinating to zoologists.

In honor of all the reptiles and reptile lovers out there, take a peek at 45 of our favorite tattoos from talented tattooers around the world. Then let us know your favorite reptile in the comments section on social media.


Number of Species: 356

Types: Sea turtle and land turtle


Number of Species: 27

Types: Freshwater and salt water


Number of Species: 3,600

Types: Venomous and nonvenomous


Number of Species: 6,000+

Types: Quadrupedal and legless