When you’re out playing Pokémon Go! keep an eye out for these real life creatures which are rarer than the Pokèmon they inspired.
Full List Of Reptile Pokémon:
Zweilous is a reptile Pokémon inspired by Kianga The Incredible.
Kianga is a two headed Sulcata Tortoise. Most two headed animals do not survive much longer than a few weeks or months, but Kianga was hatched in 2012 and continues to thrive today. Read more about this fascinating story HERE. And an updated story HERE.
Wooper is a reptile Pokémon inspired by the Axolotl.
Axolotls are extinct in the wild, yet have one of the longest and complex genomes of any vertebrate.
When injected with Glowing Florescent Protein (GFP), the axolotl absorbs the information into it’s own DNA and passes the GFP gene to its young.
Their gills absorb oxygen from the water, and they never go on land or evolve into land-based salamanders.
Charmander is a reptile Pokémon inspired by the Red Eft, Notophthalmus viridescens
It’s likely Charmander’s name was inspired by the Fire Salamander, but its orange appearance was definitely inspired by the Red Eft. All salamanders are facing a mass extinction due to a type of fungus (Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans) which destroys their skin. The fungus was discovered in 2013 on fire salamanders in the Netherlands and likely came from Asia – where all bad diseases seem to come from. Salamanders must be kept in captivity if they are to survive this apocalypse, much the same as many frogs that are endangered due to the B. dendrobatidis fungus which does the same to them.
Groudon is a reptile Pokémon inspired by the Gila Monster, Heloderma suspectum
This ancient looking reptile is one of very few venomous reptiles. It’s venom is a neurotoxin of the same strength as coral snakes! Luckily, gila monsters do not produce a lot of venom and their bite is non-fatal to people. No deaths have been recorded since 1939 (and the deaths that were recorded back then were likely due to medical mistakes when treating the wound.)
These aquatic snakes have sensory-enhanced rostral tentacles. This is the only species of its genus, and the only snake with these tentacles. With fast motion cameras, researches have discovered that this snake uses water-displacement to force fish to move a certain way, making them easier for the snake to catch by being able to anticipate the fish’s movements.
Arbok is a reptile Pokémon inspired by the King Cobra,
Even the markings on his chest are similar to the markings on a Cobra’s back.
Those markings are believed to be Buddha’s fingerprints when he blessed the snake.
Axew is a reptile Pokémon inspired by the Rattlesnake.
Druddigon is a reptile Pokémon inspired by the Red Headed Rock Agama
Sandile is a reptile Pokémon inspired by Peter’s Banded Skink.
Scincopus fasciatus is found throughout Northern Africa. It’s status in the wild is unknown because they’re collected by snake charmers to sell as an aphrodisiac. The sun-dried specimens are ground into a powder or made into a tea, and this is popular among male Muslims. Not quite my cup of tea. In old Europe it was considered to be the antidote for being poisoned! To this day, skinks are still collected for folk medicines in China, India & Middle East.
Krokarok is a reptile Pokémon inspired by the Broad Snouted Caiman.
Krookodile has a long snout inspired by the Indian Gharial.
Gavialis gangeticus is a critically endangered crocodile. In the 1940s the population was nearly 10,000. Today the population is under 250. They were killed by fishermen, overhunted for skins, trophies, indigenous medicine, and their eggs collected for consumption. Gharials have been caught in the crossfire of India’s booming population.
Kecleon is a reptile Pokèmon inspired by Vadon’s Leaf Chameleon, Brookesia vadoni
This tiny little chameleon from Northern Madagascar is the length of one finger. It’s yellow, green and spiky appearance was an inspiration for Kecleon. Unfortunately, these and nearly all other Madagascan chameleons are endangered due to loss of land for agriculture and deforestation to meet demand for Chinese furniture.
Politoed is a reptile Pokémon inspired by the intestines of tadpoles.
Yeah….not much else to say here. Logarithmic Spiral?
Seismitoad is a reptile Pokémon inspired by the Azure Dart Frog, Dendrobates azureus
Dart frogs are some of the most vividly colorful animals on the planet. Blue is the rarest color found in nature. In fact, the most perfect shade of blue was discovered recently by accident. When chemist Mas Subramanian was mixing chemicals and heat. This is considered the purest blue on the planet.
Heliolisk is a reptile Pokémon inspired by the Frilled Neck Dragon, Chlamydosaurus kingi
The ‘Jurassic Park Lizard’ is a national treasure of Australia. These fearless reptiles can run on two legs and will chase you when threatened! They display their frill by opening their mouth wide, which forces a wishbone-shaped bone to extend the flaps outward. This makes them appear larger to scare off predators.
Froakie is a reptile Pokémon inspired by the Ruby Eyed Treefrog, Leptopelis uluguruensis
Frogadier is a reptile Pokémon inspired by the Casque-Headed Treefrog, Hemiphractus fasciatus
These alien looking frogs appear to have horns coming out the back of their heads. Females carry eggs on their back which develop into full froglets, instead of depositing eggs into water to become tadpoles. This ensures a better chance of survival for this South American treefrog.
Greninja is a reptile Pokémon inspired by Wallace’s Flying Frog, Rhacophorus nigropalmatus
Tirtouga is a reptile Pokémon inspired by the Green Sea Turtle, Chelonia mydas
Sea turtles are ancient creatures. All sea turtles are often caught as by-catch in fisherman’s nets. Their eggs are valuable delicacies in parts of Asia. It’s small dive shops such as Scuba Junkies in Borneo that buy eggs from the locals in order to hatch. These eggs would have ended up on the dinner table. Conservation efforts by governments are non-effective because of maritime law and international waters.
Squirtle is a reptile Pokémon inspired by baby tortoises.
Bulbasaur is a reptile Pokémon inspired by Mossy Turtle Shells.
Grotle is a reptile Pokémon inspired by Grassy Turtle Shells.
Snivy is a reptile Pokémon inspired by the Lance Nose Chameleon, Calumma gallus
The function of this Madagascar chameleon’s nose could be for many purposes. The nose may direct falling rain towards the mouth; it may be used to ‘joust’ with rival males; it may sense temperature; or it may be to attract females.
Servine is a reptile Pokémon inspired by the Casque Headed Iguana, Laemanctus longipes
Serperior is a reptile Pokémon inspired by the Indian Green Vine Snake, Ahaetulla nasuta
Serviper is a reptile Pokémon inspired by the Gaboon Viper, Bitis gabonica
Yeah, ‘Bitis’ is right. This viper has the longest fangs of any snake. 2 inch long sabers will send you to the hospital. Luckily, these are a calm snake and won’t bite unless provoked – the scariest thing about them is how they blend in completely to the forest floor in their native range of Sub Saharan Africa.
Treecko is a reptile Pokémon inspired by Two Tailed Lizards.
When a lizard or gecko tail is lost or severed and the bone is exposed, a tail will grow from each knob at the end of the bone! This is very rare and considered extremely lucky in many cultures. In Thailand, two tailed lizards are revered as supreme fortunes of good luck.
Charmeleon is a reptile Pokémon inspired by the Smooth Helmeted Iguana, Corytophanes cristatus
This tree dwelling lizard has a casqued head. This might offer more surface area to capture heat from the sun, as well as appear to predators as a leaf. Some specimens are brilliant red, as if they are on fire like Charmeleon!
AXEW is a reptile Pokèmon inspired by the Casquehead genus, Corytophanes
Blastoise is a reptile Pokémon inspired by the Giant Galapagos Tortoise, Chelonoidis nigra
This is the largest species of tortoise in the world. Weighing up to 920lbs (417 kg). When Charles Darwin visited the Galapagos in the 18th century, there were over 250,000 giant tortoises – by 1974 there were only 3,000. Conservation efforts have increased the number to 19,317. However, certain species unique to certain islands have gone extinct, as Lonesome George was the last of his kind to die on June 24, 2012. George was from Pinta Island, where goats had eaten all the vegetation (out-competing the tortoises) and George was the last remaining tortoise by 1971. Q_Q
Torterra is a reptile Pokémon inspired by Aspidochelone.
Aspidochelone is a mythical, giant sea turtle from Medieval times. It was believed that this gargantuan creature would rise from the ocean depths, its shell so huge that sailors would dock upon it mistaking it for an island. When the Aspidochelone was done feeding and breathing at the surface, he would go back down to Davey Jones’ Locker and bring all on board with him!
Quagsire is a reptile Pokémon inspired by the Giant Hellbender, Cryptobranchus alleganiensis
These salamanders are the largest in North America, reaching almost 3 feet! Their population has declined 90% in the last few decades because of chemicals getting into water from medications, contraceptives, and pesticides. These chemicals disrupt natural hormones and damage reproductive organs. This is a serious problem for all amphibians, and even fish. If this was a Pokèmon, it would be a rare one.
Grovyle is a reptile Pokémon inspired by the Draco Flying Dragon, Draco volans
This incredible agama can extend four rib bones out, which have connecting flaps of skin that act as rudimentary gliding wings! These little lizards live in trees and eat very small insects like ants, they can glide 26 feet at a moment’s notice.
Totodile is a reptile Pokémon inspired by the Crocodile!
Crocodiles have the strongest bite force of any animal. Saltwater crocodiles can chomp their jaws at 3,700 pounds per square inch (psi), or 16,460 newtons, of bite force. By contrast, you might tear into a steak with 150 to 200 psi….weakling.
Salamence is a reptile Pokémon inspired by the Secret Toadhead Agama (but I call it The Weird Predator vs Alien Lizard), Phrynocephalus mystaceus
Charizard is a reptile Pokémon inspired by the Galapagos Island Orange Land Iguana, Conolophus subcristatus
The Galapagos Iguanas have several distinct forms depending what island you are on. This South Plaza Island Iguana is a yellow/orange morph. These iguanas interbreed with the marine iguanas, which dive into the salty ocean to eat seaweed growing on the rocks. Because freshwater is scarce on the islands, the iguanas get most of their water from eating flowers and plants. Cactus makes up 80% of its diet, primarily for water.
Cranidos is a reptile Pokémon inspired by the Horny Toad, Phrynosoma spp.
Horned lizards eat a diet of only ants. Separated by half a planet, the Thorny Devil Moloch horridus of Australia is similar in many ways. This is called divergent evolution, where to unrelated species evolve similar traits to fill a niche in identical habitats. Horny Toads are becoming more and more endangered because people are exterminating ants in their backyards. Invasive fire ants are inedible to these reptiles, and when people eradicate the native ants, fire ants take over. They are also a popular prey item for people’s cats….which is why you should keep a lizard and not a cat.
Rampardos is another reptile Pokémon inspired by Phrynosoma species.
Sceptile is a reptile Pokémon inspired by the Shield Tail Agama, Xenagama taylorii
This little guy lives in the hot Somali desert, at temperatures reaching 50*C! It is quite small and vulnerable to predators, so it uses its spiky tail to shield itself from predators – it actually backs up and uses the tail as a spiked door to the entrance of its cave!