Checklist of reptiles of France

Updated 15/8/2017

Note on the update: I updated the list of species of Natrix. I added Natrix astreptophora, and Natrix helvetica. I also added the references for these species.

This list is based on recent scientific articles. The most significant ones are :

- Arnold E. N., Arribas O. & Carranza S. (2007). Systematics of the Paleartic and Oriental lizard tribe Lacertini (Squamata: Lacertidae: Lacertinae), with description of eight new genera. Zootaxa,1430 : 1-86 - click for pdf

- Bour R., Cheylan M., Crochet P.-A., Geniez P., Guyétant R., Haffner P., Ineich I., Naulleau G., Ohler A. & Lescure J. (2008). Liste taxinomique actualisée des Amphibiens et Reptiles de France. Bulletin de la Société herpétologique de France, 126 : 37-43

- Crochet P.-A. (2015). Nomenclatural issues in the Psammodromus hispanicus (Squamata: Lacertidae) species group. Zootaxa 3964 (1): 149-150.

- Fitze P. S., Gonzalez-Jimena V., San-Jose L. M., San Mauro D., Aragon P., Suarez T. & Zardoya R. (2011). Integrative analyses of speciation and divergence in Psammodromus hispanicus (Squamata: Lacertidae). BMC Evolutionary Biology 11:347

- Gamble T., Bauer A., Greenbaum E. & Jackman T. R. (2007). Out of the blue: a novel, trans-Atlantic clade of geckos (Gekkota, Squamata). Zoologica Scripta, 37: 355-366 - click for pdf

- Gamble T., Bauer A., Greenbaum E. & Jackmann T. R. (2008). Evidence for Gondwanan vicariance in an ancient clade of gecko lizards. Journal of Biogeography, 35 (1): 88-104 - click for pdf

- Gvoždik V., Benkovský N., Crottini A., Bellati A., Moravec J., Romano A., Sacchi R. & Jandzik D. (2013). An ancient lineage of slow worms, genus Anguis (Squamata: Anguidae), survived in the Italian Peninsula. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 69 (3): 1077-1092.

- Kindler C., Chèvre M., Ursenbacher S., Böhme W., Hille A., Jablonski D., Vamberger M. & Fritz U. (2017). Hybridization patterns in two contact zones of grass snakes reveal a new Central European snake species. Scientific Reports, 7 (1): 73-78. - click for pdf

- Lescure J. (2008). Note explicative à la liste taxinomique actualisée des Amphibiens et Reptiles de France. Bulletin de la Société herpétologique de France, 126 : 25-36

- Nagy Z. T., Lawson R., Joger U. & Wink M. (2004). Molecular systematics of racers, whipsnakes and relatives (Reptilia: Colubridae) using mitochondrial and nuclear markers. J. Zool. Syst. Evol. Research, 42: 223-233

- Pokrant F., Kindler K., Ivanov M., Cheylan M., Geniez P., Böhme W. & Fritz U. (2016). Integrative taxonomy provides evidence for the species status of the Ibero-Maghrebian grass snake Natrix astreptophora. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 118 (4): 873-888.

- Speybroeck J. & Crochet P.-A. (2007). Species list of the European herpetofauna - a tentative update. Pod@rcis, 8 (1/2): 8-34

- Utiger U., Helfenberger N., Schätti B., Schmidt C., Ruf M. & Ziswiler V. (2002). Molecular systematics and phylogeny of old and new world ratsnakes, Elaphe Auct., and related genera (Reptilia, Squamata, Colubridae). Russian Journal of Herpetology, 9 (2): 105-124

- Vidal N., Delmas A.-S., David P., Cruaud C., Couloux A. & Hedges B. (2007). The phylogeny and classification of caenophidian snakes inferred from seven nuclear protein-coding genes. Comptes Rendus Biologies, 330 (2) : 182-187 - click for pdf

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Species noted with an * only occur in Corsica.


Family: Geoemydidae

Mauremys leprosa (Schweigger, 1812)

Family: Emydidae

Emys orbicularis  (Linnaeus, 1758)

Family: Testudinidae

Testudo hermanni Gmelin 1789

Family: Anguidae

Anguis fragilis Linnaeus, 1758

Anguis veronensis Pollini, 1818

Family: Gekkonidae

Hemidactylus turcicus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Family: Phyllodactylidae

Tarentola mauritanica (Linnaeus, 1758)

Family: Sphaerodactylidae

Euleptes europaea  (Gené, 1839)

Family: Lacertidae

Algyroides fitzingeri (Wiegmann, 1834)*

Archaeolacerta bedriagae Camerano, 1885*

Iberolacerta aranica (Arribas, 1993)

Iberolacerta aurelioi (Arribas, 1994)

Iberolacerta bonnali (Lantz, 1927)

Lacerta agilis Linnaeus, 1758

Lacerta bilineata Daudin, 1802

Podarcis liolepis (Boulenger, 1905)

Podarcis muralis (Laurenti, 1768)

Podarcis siculus (Rafinesque-Schmaltz, 1810)

Podarcis tiliguerta (Gmelin, 1789)*

Psammodromus algirus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Psammodromus edwardsianus (Dugès, 1829)

Timon lepidus (Daudin, 1802)

Zootoca vivipara (Lichtenstein, 1823)

Family: Scincidae

Chalcides striatus (Cuvier, 1829)

Family: Colubridae

Coronella austriaca Laurenti, 1768

Coronella girondica (Daudin, 1803)

Hierophis viridiflavus (Lacepède, 1789)

Rhinechis scalaris (Schinz, 1822)

Zamenis longissimus (Laurenti, 1768)

Family: Lamprophiidae

Malpolon monspessulanus (Hermann, 1804)

Family: Natriciidae

Natrix astreptophora (Seoane, 1885)

Natrix helvetica (Lacépède, 1789)

Natrix maura (Linnaeus, 1758)

Family: Viperidae

Vipera aspis (Linnaeus, 1758)

Vipera berus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Vipera seoanei Lataste, 1879

Vipera ursinii (Bonaparte, 1835)