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Kent Reptile & Amphibian Group Reptiles Non Native Species

Have you seen Non Native Species in Kent?

Let us know by using our online recording forms!

Non Native Species



Referred to as non native, alien and sometimes exotic, these species are those which do not occur naturally in the UK and have been introduced, accidentally or deliberately, by man.  Many non native species are not able to survive or thrive in this new home and many non natives are of no threat to native biodiversity. However some can thrive and in some cases become 'invasive'. In general these problem species may potentially carry new diseases which may affect our native wildlife or they may prey on native plants and animals and have an impact on native species abundance or habitat availability.

With reference to non native species in general, please remember not to release any pets or exotic species into the wild as although this has been done in the past, to do so now is illegal and can cause considerable harm to native habitats and wildlife.Be careful also about which plants you purchase or discard from your garden pond.For more information on Invasive Non Natives visit the Non Native Species Secretariat: where you can find out more information about certain non native flora and fauna and read about national campaigns such as Stop the Spread.

We can all play our part in protecting Kent's herpetofauna by sending in records of native species and also by helping us to monitor the exotic species which are now calling Kent home.

Please send us your records and read on for more information about some of the non native reptiles now found and breeding in Kent:

Common Wall Lizard (Podarcis muralis)

Red Eared Terrapin (Trechemys scripta elegans)


Please note: Although we have included a few lines about the potential impact of some of these non native species, we would of course ask you not to harm or transfer any species which you may observe. Thank you.