vocabulary for German reptiles is fun: How hilarious is it, that turtles are just "toads with a shield" in German? While there are quite a few funny German animal names and also some very quirky German animal idioms this post just focuses on the German names for reptiles.
German Reptiles Vocabulary
Let's dive right in! We'll start with lizards, move on to snakes and then tackle crocodiles & turtles.
Lizards are a reptiles that can be found in a wide range of habitats around the world. Here is some German vocabulary for different kinds of lizards:
Some lizards are super duper awesome, because they're able to regenerate their tails and some might even change colors.
Now, there aren't that many dangerous snakes here in Germany, but there are snakes to be found. For example: "Die Kreuzotter" or "Die Ringelnatter" are very common snakes in Germany.
Here is a short list of the German names for the most common snakes:
Crocodiles and Alligators
Crocodiles and alligators are large aquatic reptiles that belong to the order Crocodilia. They are closely related and can be difficult to tell apart, but luckily, we only care about the words for them in German:
The German word for crocodile is 'das Krokodil' while alligator is 'der Alligator':
Turtles and Tortoises
The German word for turtle is "Schildkröte" (or "Wasserschildkröte") and the German word for tortoise is "Landschildkröte".
The word "Schildkröte" translates literally as toad with a shield. "Die Kröte" means toad and "Das Schild" means shield.