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Reptiles Collection

Background imageReptiles Collection: Ophthalmosaurus icenius

Ophthalmosaurus icenius was a common ichthyosaur that lived during the middle Jurassic period. This specimen was discovered in Oxford clay

Background imageReptiles Collection: Take something home with you from the Natural History Shop

Take something home with you from the Natural History Shop
General Museum poster. Drawing of a child leading a dinosaur out of the Museum, with the slogan Take something home with you from the Natural History [Museum] Shop, South Kensington, London

Background imageReptiles Collection: Awful changes cartoon

Awful changes cartoon
Satirical lithograph cartoon by Henry T De la Beche c.1830, depicting Charles Lyell (centre) as Professor Ichthyosaurus

Background imageReptiles Collection: New Reptile House at London Zoo by G H Davis

New Reptile House at London Zoo by G H Davis
A map of the newly opened reptile house in London Zoo, detailing the layout of the exhibits. It also features diagrams demonstrating several functions of the house

Background imageReptiles Collection: Pterodactyls considered as marsupial bats

Pterodactyls considered as marsupial bats
Pterodactylus crassirostris above P. brevirostris. Plate from Note on the Pterodactyle Tribe... Paper in The Zoologist, Vol 1, 1843 by Edward Newman

Background imageReptiles Collection: Plesiosaurus

Plesiosaurus
Pen and ink annotated drawing by Mary Anning, 1824. This marine reptile lived in Europe during the early Jurassic period about 200 million years ago

Background imageReptiles Collection: Ichthyosaurus acutirostris

Ichthyosaurus acutirostris
A fossil specimen of the extinct fish-like marine reptile Ichthyosaurus acutirostris from Germany. It lived during the Lower Jurassic period 205-180 million years ago

Background imageReptiles Collection: Wombwells Poster

Wombwells Poster
A poster from Bostock and Wombwells circus, featuring Madame Jumbo, performing horses and various other beasts, birds and reptiles. Date: Late 19th century

Background imageReptiles Collection: Scleromochlus

Scleromochlus were bipedal reptiles that grew to around 3 feet long. They lived around 200 million years during the end of the Triassic period. Illustration by Neave Parker

Background imageReptiles Collection: Ornithosuchus

Ornithosuchus
An illustration by Neave Parker of the Ornithosuchus, a thecodont, an extinct bipedal reptile closedly related to the dinosaur. It lived around 185 million years ago

Background imageReptiles Collection: Awful changes cartoon

Awful changes cartoon
Satirical pen and ink cartoon by Henry T De la Beche c.1830, depicting Charles Lyell (centre) as Professor Ichthyosaurus

Background imageReptiles Collection: Frog Couple & Pet Snail

Frog Couple & Pet Snail
A well-dressed frog couple take their pet snail for a walk

Background imageReptiles Collection: Ptychozoon kohli, flying gecko

Ptychozoon kohli, flying gecko
Hand coloured lithograph from final volume of Erpetologie Generale ou Histoire Naturelle complcte des Reptiles (1854) by A.M.C. Dumeril, G. Bibron, and A. Dumeril

Background imageReptiles Collection: Coprolite, fossil dung

Coprolite, fossil dung
A coprolite is a fossilized dropping, perhaps from a Dinosaur. Length 29cm

Background imageReptiles Collection: Liopleurodon vertebra

Liopleurodon vertebra
A fossil vertebra from the pliosaur, Liopleurodon. These were carnivorous marine reptiles that lived during the time of the dinosaurs. This specimen was discovered in Kimmeridge, Southern England

Background imageReptiles Collection: Frogs / Breakfast in Bed

Frogs / Breakfast in Bed
A couple of frogs enjoy breakfast in bed

Background imageReptiles Collection: Various Reptiles / 1913

Various Reptiles / 1913
An amazing illustration covering the whole range of reptilian species from snakes to newts

Background imageReptiles Collection: The Last Days of the Dinosaurs - Time of Great Change

The Last Days of the Dinosaurs - Time of Great Change
The Last Days of the Dinosaurs - Cretaceous Period - a time of great change, about 80 Million Years ago. Illustration by Neave Parker (with the co-operation of Dr. W. E. Swinton)

Background imageReptiles Collection: Four frogs ice skating on a Christmas card

Four frogs ice skating on a Christmas card
Four frogs ice skating hand in hand on a Christmas card, with comic verse below. circa 1890s

Background imageReptiles Collection: Sceloporus asper, spiny lizard

Sceloporus asper, spiny lizard
Illustration of a spiny lizard from Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London (1897). This illustration is on display in the Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageReptiles Collection: Mosasaur: Platycarpus ictericus

Mosasaur: Platycarpus ictericus
Giant marine reptile. 83-81 million year old specimen from the Late Cretaceous, Kansas, USA

Background imageReptiles Collection: New Forest Snake Catcher

New Forest Snake Catcher
The New Forest snake catcher

Background imageReptiles Collection: Plesiosaur sketch

Plesiosaur sketch
A sketch of the plesiosaur fossil discovered by Mary Anning

Background imageReptiles Collection: Frog in human clothing on a French postcard

Frog in human clothing on a French postcard. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageReptiles Collection: Plate 102 from the John Reeves Collection (Zoology)

Plate 102 from the John Reeves Collection (Zoology)
Plate 102 from the John Reeves Collection of Zoological Drawings from Canton, China 1774-1856

Background imageReptiles Collection: Snake skeleton by Albertus Seba

Snake skeleton by Albertus Seba
Tab 107 illustrating a section of snake skeleton from Thesaurus, by Albertus Seba

Background imageReptiles Collection: Lord Lionel Walter Rothschild (1868-1937)

Lord Lionel Walter Rothschild (1868-1937)
Lord Rothschild, founder of the Natural History Museum at Tring, riding on the back of a giant tortoise

Background imageReptiles Collection: Egyptian Cobra

Egyptian Cobra
Egyptian or Brown Cobra

Background imageReptiles Collection: Two frogs with insect on a greetings card

Two frogs with insect on a greetings card
Two frogs with an insect on a greetings card -- Happy be thy dreams. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageReptiles Collection: Cub Seals on Ascension Island, South Atlantic

Cub Seals on Ascension Island, South Atlantic, with a large green turtle on a sandy beach, working towards their conservation badges. Date: circa 1980s

Background imageReptiles Collection: Snake charmer with snake, India

Snake charmer with snake, India. Date: circa 1890s

Background imageReptiles Collection: Acanthostega

Acanthostega
Model of one of the earliest tetrapods, animals with back-bones capable of living on land. This Acanthostega lived during the late Devonian of East Greenland

Background imageReptiles Collection: Dicynodon, Labyrinthodon & Rhyncosaurus

Dicynodon, Labyrinthodon & Rhyncosaurus
Sketch design for models to be constructed at Crystal Palace. Watercolour painting by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, 1809-1889

Background imageReptiles Collection: Reptile Gallery, November 1889

Reptile Gallery, November 1889
The Reptile Gallery displayed a collection of stuffed specimens and skeletons of reptiles, including crocodiles, lizards, snakes and tortoises

Background imageReptiles Collection: Dinosaur tail bones

Dinosaur tail bones
From a Palaeontology field trip in Niger, West Africa

Background imageReptiles Collection: Cheirotherium footprint

Cheirotherium footprint
Footprints of Cheirotherium stortonense, an extinct reptile, on a slab of Triassic sandstone from Storeton, Cheshire, UK

Background imageReptiles Collection: Ejecting an intruder

Ejecting an intruder
Plate opposite page 297 from The Malay Archipelago by Alfred Russel Wallace, London 1874

Background imageReptiles Collection: Plesiosaurus hawkinsii

Plesiosaurus hawkinsii
A fossil specimen of the extinct marine reptile Plesiosaurus hawkinsii, on display at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageReptiles Collection: Hatteria punctata, great fringed lizard of New Zealand

Hatteria punctata, great fringed lizard of New Zealand. Illustration taken from The Lizards of Australian and New Zealand by Gray, John Edward (1800-1875)

Background imageReptiles Collection: Stenopterygius quadriscissus, ichthyosaur

Stenopterygius quadriscissus, ichthyosaur
Close up of the jaw of an ichthyosaur specimen on display at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageReptiles Collection: Snakes by Albertus Seba

Snakes by Albertus Seba
Tab 106, an illustration of a pair of snakes from Thesaurus, by Albertus Seba

Background imageReptiles Collection: Reptile / Cayman Crocodile

Reptile / Cayman Crocodile
A cayman crocodile and other reptiles including : gangetica, gecko, salamander and a baby crocodile hatching from an egg

Background imageReptiles Collection: Coral Snake

Coral Snake
Latin name: Elaps Corallinus

Background imageReptiles Collection: Grass Snake Aesculapius

Grass Snake Aesculapius
Couleuvre d Esculape

Background imageReptiles Collection: Python sebae, African rock python

Python sebae, African rock python
Hand coloured lithograph from final volume of Erpetologie Generale ou Histoire Naturelle complcte des Reptiles (1854) by A.M.C. Dumeril, G. Bibron, and A. Dumeril

Background imageReptiles Collection: The British Reptiles

The British Reptiles
A colourful illustration of various reptiles with a river bank background from Boys Own magazine

Background imageReptiles Collection: Unicorn & Reptiles

Unicorn & Reptiles
A unicorn, with assorted reptiles, and a Latin motto: " Not with might, but with virtue"

Background imageReptiles Collection: European Tortoise

European Tortoise
European tortoise (Cistude d Europe)



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