14 stunning pictures of reptiles in the wild – from frilled lizards to Komodo dragons

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Komodo dragons and vipers and alligators, oh my! Some reptiles may have a scary reputation, and it’s no wonder that these ancient creatures have captivated public imagination for decades – from “Crocodile Dundee” to “Anaconda.”

But there’s much more to reptiles than fangs and fury. These scaly beings rained supreme for over 270 million years until the extinction of the dinosaurs. Since then, this ancient class of creatures has evolved into all shapes and sizes, with over 10,000 known species to date.

From adorable tiny turtles to those that look like miniature dinosaurs, here are 14 breathtaking images of reptiles in the wild.