Reptiles of REGUA

The first bio-inventory of the reptiles at REGUA was carried out between 2002 and 2004 by Eduardo Rubiao and his team of biology and veterinary science students from the University Serra dos Órgãos in Teresopolis.

A ten year study by Almeida-Gomes et al. (2014) of the herpetofauna at REGUA found 37 reptile species, including the Brazilian Snake-necked Turtle Hydromedusa maximiliani which is categorized as Vulnerable by the IUCN.

One non-native reptile occurs at REGUA – the Tropical House Gecko Hemidactylus mabouia, which is indigenous to Africa and easily seen around the lodge and other buildings at night.

Over 130 reptile species are currently known from the state of Rio de Janeiro and so many more species are likely to be present at REGUA.


  • Kingdom:
  • Animalia
  • Phylum:
  • Chordata
  • Class:
  • Reptilia
  • Laurenti, 1768

REGUA systematic species list

Taxonomy and nomenclature follows Carrasco et al. (2012) for viperid snakes, Harvey et al. (2012) for teiid lizards, and Pyron et al. (2013) for the remaining taxa.