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Reptiles: Pronunciation Guide for Scientific Names

Acanthophis antarcticus uh-KAN-thuh-fuhs ant-ARK-tih-kuhs

Acrochordidae AK-ruh-KOR-duh-dee

Acrochordus granulatus AK-ruh-KOR-duhs GRAN-yoo-LAH-tuhs

Agama hispida uh-GAM-uh HIH-spih-duh

Agamidae uh-GAM-uh-dee

Agamodon anguliceps uh-GAM-uh-don AN-guh-LIH-seps

Agkistrodon piscivorus ag-KIS-truh-DON PIH-sih-VER-uhs

Alligator mississippiensis AL-uh-GAY-der MIS-uh-SIP-ee-EN-suhs

Alligatoridae AL-uh-guh-TOR-uh-dee

Amphisbaena alba AM-fus-BEE-nuh AL-buh

Amphisbaenidae AM-fus-BEE-nuh-dee

Anguidae ANG-gwuh-dee

Aniliidae AN-uh-LY-uh-dee

Anilius scytale AN-uh-LY-uhs SY-tuh-lee

Anolis carolinensis uh-NOH-luhs kar-uh-LINE-en-sis

Anomalepididae uh-NOM-uh-luh-PID-uh-dee

Anomochilidae AN-uh-moh-KIL-uh-dee

Anomochilus leonardi AN-uh-moh-KIL-uhs LEE-oh-nar-DY

Apalone spinifera uh-PAL-uh-nee SPIH-nih-FER-uh

Aspidites melanocephalus a-SPID-uh-teez MEL-uh-noh-SEF-uh-luhs

Atractaspididae at-TRAK-tuh-SPID-uh-dee

Atractaspis bibronii at-TRAK-tuh-spuhs bib-ROH-nee-EYE

Bachia bresslaui buh-KEE-uh BREZ-lou-eye

Bipedidae by-PED-uh-dee

Bipes biporus BY-peez by-POR-uhs

Boa constrictor constrictor BOH-uh kun-STRIK-ter kun-STRIK-ter

Boidae BOH-uh-dee

Bolyeriidae boh-LY-uh-REE-uh-dee

Brookesia perarmata broo-KEEZ-ee-uh per-ARM-uh-tuh

Caiman crocodilus KAY-mun KRAH-kuh-DIL-uhs

Cape ctenosaura hemilopha KAYP STEN-uh-SOR-uh heh-MIL-uh-fuh

Caretta caretta kuh-RED-uh kuh-RED-uh

Carettochelyidae kuh-RED-oh-kuh-LY-uh-dee

Carettochelys insculpta kuh-RED-oh-KUH-leez in-SKULP-tuh

Casarea dussumieri KAY-suh-REE-uh duh-SOO-mee-AIR-eye

Cerastes cerastes suh-ROS-teez suh-ROS-teez

Chamaeleo chamaeleon kuh-MEE-lee-OH kuh-MEE-lee-ON

Chamaeleo jacksonii kuh-MEE-lee-OH JAK-suh-NEE-eye

Chamaeleonidae kuh-MEE-lee-ON-uh-dee

Chelidae KEL-uh-dee

Chelonia mydas kuh-LON-ee-uh MY-duhs

Cheloniidae KEL-uh-NY-uh-dee

Chelus fimbriatus KEL-uhs fim-bree-AH-tuhs

Chelydra serpentina kuh-LIH-druh ser-pen-TEE-nuh

Chelydridae kuh-LIH-druh-dee

Chlamydosaurus kingii kluh-MID-uh-SOR-uhs KIN-jee-eye

Chrysemys picta KRY-suh-meez PIK-tuh

Cistoclemmys flavomarginata sis-TOK-luh-meez FLAV-uh-MAR-gih-NAH-tuh

Cnemidophorus sexlineatus snuh-MID-uh-FOR-uhs SEKS-lih-NEE-ah-tuhs

Coleonyx variegates KOH-lee-ON-iks VAIR-ee-uh-GAH-teez

Colubridae kuh-LOO-bruh-dee

Corallus caninus koh-RAL-is kay-NINE-uhs

Cordylidae kor-DIL-uh-dee

Curucia zebrata kuh-ROO-shee-uh zee-BRAH-tuh

Crocodilians KRAH-kuh-DIL-ee-unz

Crocodilurus lacertinus KRAH-kuh-DIL-oor-uhs luh-SER-duh-nuhs

Crocodylidae KRAH-kuh-DIL-uh-dee

Crocodylus acutus KRAH-kuh-DIL-uhs uh-KYOO-tuhs

Crocodylus niloticus KRAH-kuh-DIL-uhs NY-lah-TIH-kuhs

Crotalus horridus KROH-tuh-luhs hoh-RID-uhs

Cylindrophiidae suh-LIN-druh-FEE-uh-dee

Cylindrophis rufus suh-LIN-druh-FIS ROO-fuhs

Dermatemydidae DER-muh-tuh-MID-uh-DEE

Dermatemys mawii der-muh-TEH-mis muh-WEE-eye

Dermochelyidae DER-muh-kuh-LY-uh-dee

Dermochelys coriacea DER-muh-KEL-eez KOH-ree-ah-SEE-uh

Dibamidae dy-BAH-muh-dee

Dibamus bourreti dy-BAH-muhs BOOR-uh-ty

Dispholidus typus DIS-fuh-LEE-duhs TY-puhs

Draco volans DRAY-koh VOH-lunz

Drymarchon corais DRIH-mar-kun KOR-ray

Elapidae uh-LOP-uh-dee

Emydidae uh-MID-uh-dee

Eumeces laticeps YOO-muh-seez LAD-ih-seps

Eunectes murinus yoo-NEK-teez myoo-REE-nuhs

Gavialidae GAY-vee-AL-uh-dee

Gavialis gangeticus GAY-vee-AL-is gan-JET-uh-kuhs

Gekkonidae geh-KON-uh-dee

Geochelone nigra JEE-oh-KEL-uh-nee NIG-ruh

Geoemydidae JEE-oh-uh-MID-uh-dee

Gerrhonotus liocephalus JER-uh-NOH-duhs LEE-oh-SEF-uh-luhs

Gopherus agassizii go-FER-uhs AG-uh-SEE-zee-eye

Gymnophthalmidae JIM-noh-THAL-muh-dee

Heloderma suspectum HEE-loh-DER-muh suh-SPEK-tum

Helodermatidae HEE-loh-der-MAD-uh-dee

Hemidactylus frenatus HEM-uh-DAK-tih-luhs FREH-nah-tuhs

Heterodon platyrhinos HED-uh-ROH-don PLAD-ih-RY-nohs

Iguanidae ih-GWON-uh-dee

Kinosternidae KIH-nuh-STER-nuh-dee

Lacerta agilis luh-SER-duh uh-JIL-uhs

Lacertidae luh-SER-duh-dee

Lachesis melanocephala luh-KEE-suhs MEL-uh-noh-SEF-uh-luh

Lampropeltis triangulum LAMP-roh-PEL-tuhs TRY-ang-YOO-lum

Laticauda colubrina luh-TIK-oh-duh kuh-LOO-bree-nuh

Leptotyphlopidae LEP-toh-ty-FLOP-uh-dee

Leptotyphlops dulcis LEP-toh-TY-flops DUL-sis

Liotyphlops ternetzii LEE-uh-TY-flops ter-NET-zee-EYE

Loxocemidae LOK-suh-SEM-uh-dee

Loxocemus bicolor LOK-suh-SEM-uhs BY-kuh-ler

Micrurus fulvius my-KRER-uhs ful-VEE-uhs

Morelia viridis moh-REEL-ee-uh vih-RID-is

Naja nigricollis NAH-juh NIH-grih-KOHL-luhs

Ophiophagus hannah ah-FEE-ah-fuh-guhs HAN-nuh

Pelomedusa subrufa puh-LOM-uh-DOO-suh SUB-ruh-fuh

Pelomedusidae puh-LOM-uh-DOO-suh-dee

Platysaurus capensis PLAT-ih-SOR-uhs KAY-pen-sis

Platysternidae PLAT-ih-STER-nuh-dee

Platysternon megacephalum PLAT-ih-STER-nun MEG-uh-SEF-uh-lum

Plectrurus perrotetii plek-TRER-uhs PAIR-uh-TET-ee-eye

Podocnemididae poh-DOK-nuh-MID-uh-dee

Podocnemis expansa poh-DOK-nuh-MIS ek-SPAN-suh

Python reticulatus PY-thon ruh-TIK-yoo-LAH-tuhs

Pythonidae PY-thon-uh-dee

Ramphotyphlops nigrescens RAM-fuh-TY-flops nih-GRES-unz

Rhineura floridana ry-NYOOR-uh floh-RID-uh-nuh

Rhineuridae ry-NYOOR-uh-dee

Sauromalus obesus soh-ROM-uh-luhs oh-BEE-suhs

Scincidae SKIN-kuh-DEE

Scincus scincus SKIN-kuhs SKIN-kuhs

Sphenodon punctatus SFEN-uh-don PUNK-tah-tuhs

Sphenodontidae SFEN-uh-DON-tuh-dee

Squamata skwuh-MOD-uh

Sternotherus odoratus STER-nah-THUH-ruhs OH-duh-RAH-tuhs

Teiidae TEE-uh-dee

Terrapene carolina ter-ROP-uh-nee KAR-uh-LINE-uh

Testudines tes-TYOO-duh-neez

Testudinidae TES-tyoo-DIN-uh-dee

Thamnophis sirtalis THAM-nuh-FIS ser-TAL-is

Trionychidae TRY-un-NIK-uh-dee

Trogonophidae TROG-uh-NOH-fuh-dee

Tropidophiidae TROP-uh-doh-FEE-uh-dee

Typhlopidae ty-FLOP-uh-dee

Ungaliophis panamensis un-GALL-ee-OH-fis PAN-uh-MEN-sis

Uropeltidae YOOR-uh-PEL-tuh-dee

Varanidae vuh-RAN-uh-dee

Varanus salvadorii vuh-RAN-uhs SAL-vuh-DOR-ee-EYE

Viperidae VY-per-uh-dee

Xantusia vigilis ZAN-tuh-SEE-uh vih-JUH-lis

Xantusiidae ZAN-tuh-SEE-uh-dee

Xenopeltidae ZEE-noh-PELT-uh-dee

Xenopeltis unicolor ZEE-noh-PELT-uhs YOO-nih-KUH-ler

Xenosauridae ZEE-noh-SOR-uh-dee

Xenosaurus grandis ZEE-noh-SOR-uhs GRAN-duhs

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