Reptiles have been around some 300 million years, and our planet has seen its fair share of gigantic scaled beasts during its history. That said, only a few behemoths from the golden age of reptiles still exist today.
Here we present the five largest reptiles on Earth; the biggest in the four commonly recognized reptilian orders.
The saltwater crocodile is the largest living reptile in the world, growing to a length of over 6 meters (20 ft). These mean-toothed giants are able to crush the skulls of cows between their jaws and, should the mood take them, can easily eat a human.
Leatherback Sea Turtle
Leatherback sea turtles can measure over 2 meters (7 ft) in length, with a flipper span of almost 3 meters (8 ft), and are unique among turtles thanks to their lack of a hard, bony shell. Instead, their ridged, leathery carapace is built for speed, making them the fastest reptiles on Earth — as well as among the most humungous.
Is a species of python found in Southeast Asia. Adults can grow to 6.95 metres (22.8 ft) in length but normally grow to an average of 3-6 meters (10–20 feet). They are the world’s longest snakes and longest reptile, but are not the most heavily built.
Technically, lizards and snakes belong to the same order, but most lizards have legs, while snakes don’t, so we’re representing the four-legged Squamata too! This king of lizards is a deadly hunter reaching lengths up to 3 meters (10 ft). Enter the komodo dragon.
The tuatara is a reptile endemic to New Zealand which, though it resembles most lizards, is actually part of a distinct lineage, order Sphenodontia.The two species of tuatara are the only surviving members of its order, which flourished around 200 million years ago.