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List of vulnerable reptiles

2 extinct in the wild reptile species (0.04%)196 critically endangered reptile species (3.8%)382 endangered reptile species (7.4%)411 vulnerable reptile species (8.0%)329 near threatened reptile species (6.4%)2900 least concern reptile species (57%)910 data deficient reptile species (18%)
Reptile species (IUCN, 2016-2)
  • 5130 extant species have been evaluated
  • 4220 of those are fully assessed[a]
  • 3229 are not threatened at present[b]
  • 989 to 1899 are threatened[c]
  • 26 to 43 are extinct or extinct in the wild:
    • 24 extinct (EX) species[d]
    • 2 extinct in the wild (EW)
    • 17 possibly extinct [CR(PE)]
    • 0 possibly extinct in the wild [CR(PEW)]

  1. ^ excludes data deficient evaluations.
  2. ^ NT, LR/cd, LC.
  3. ^ Threatened comprises CR, EN and VU. Upper estimate additionally includes DD.
  4. ^ Chart omits extinct (EX) species
Vulnerable (VU) species are considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild.

In September 2016, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) listed 411 vulnerable reptile species.[1] Of all evaluated reptile species, 8.0% are listed as vulnerable. The IUCN also lists ten reptile subspecies as vulnerable.

No subpopulations of reptiles have been evaluated as vulnerable by the IUCN.

For a species to be assessed as vulnerable to extinction the best available evidence must meet quantitative criteria set by the IUCN designed to reflect "a high risk of extinction in the wild". Endangered and critically endangered species also meet the quantitative criteria of vulnerable species, and are listed separately. See: List of endangered reptiles, List of critically endangered reptiles. Vulnerable, endangered and critically endangered species are collectively referred to as threatened species by the IUCN.

Additionally 910 reptile species (18% of those evaluated) are listed as data deficient, meaning there is insufficient information for a full assessment of conservation status. As these species typically have small distributions and/or populations, they are intrinsically likely to be threatened, according to the IUCN.[2] While the category of data deficient indicates that no assessment of extinction risk has been made for the taxa, the IUCN notes that it may be appropriate to give them "the same degree of attention as threatened taxa, at least until their status can be assessed".[3]

This is a complete list of vulnerable reptile species and subspecies evaluated by the IUCN.

Turtles and tortoises

There are 62 turtle species assessed as vulnerable.






Other turtle species

Crocodilia species



There are 244 species and nine subspecies of lizard assessed as vulnerable.


Includes iguanas and related species



  • Isabella marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus albemarlensis)
  • Amblyrhynchus cristatus cristatus
  • Santa Cruz marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus hassi)
  • Pinta marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus sielmanni)
  • Española marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus venustissimus)
  • Cuban rock iguana (Cyclura nubila nubila)

Flap-footed lizards


Includes slowworms, glass lizards, and alligator lizards

Girdled lizards


Plated lizards



Wall lizards



  • Zootoca vivipara pannonica




  • Egernia stokesii aethiops
  • Jurien Bay rock-skink (Liopholis pulchra longicauda)

Spectacled lizards


Includes whiptails and tegus

Dragon lizards




Other lizard species


There are 100 species and one subspecies of snake assessed as vulnerable.









Other snake species

See also


  1. ^ "IUCN Red List version 2016-2". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Limitations of the Data". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  3. ^ "2001 Categories & Criteria (version 3.1)". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. Retrieved 11 January 2016.

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