Names for Pet Reptiles

T.L. Bodine
Pet lizard

Reptiles of all sorts - snakes, lizards, and turtles - are popular pets, and choosing a name for pet reptiles can be a fun and imaginative part of adding a reptilian member to the family. There are many popular reptile names, so pet owners can choose any name that is meaningful for their new pet.

Pet Snake Names

Many types of snakes make great pets, including ball pythons, rosy boas, king snakes, corn snakes and milk snakes. Since snakes are so prominent in mythology and literature, there are a ton of great names you can pull from books. Other good snake names reflect the animal's appearance. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Large Snakes Small Snakes General Names
  • Anaconda
  • Asmodeus
  • Basilisk
  • Cthulu
  • Echidna
  • Hydra
  • Kraken
  • Kukulkan
  • Leviathan
  • Muscles
  • Nagini
  • Ouroboros
  • Quetzalcoatl
  • Shesha
  • Samael
  • Titanoboa
  • Ayame
  • Chua
  • Coils
  • Fisher
  • Gobi
  • Linguini
  • Noodles
  • Riddle
  • Skinny
  • Slip
  • Spaghetti
  • Sparky
  • Squiggles
  • Wadjet
  • Worm
  • Wyrm
  • Cleopatra
  • Gorgon
  • Kaa
  • Knot
  • Medusa
  • Nag
  • Patrick
  • Poseidon
  • Sir Hiss
  • Rumplesnakeskin
  • Serpent
  • Slytherin
  • Snape
  • Strangler
  • Striker
  • Tangle

Pet Lizard Names

The most popular species of pet lizards include anoles, skinks, iguanas, bearded dragons, geckos, water dragons, chameleons and monitor lizards. Names for lizards often relate to mythical lizards and dragons, although there are plenty of more recent reptilian namesakes to choose from. Here are a few ideas for your lizards, large or small:

Large Lizards Small Lizards General Names
  • Ao Kuang
  • Balerion
  • Falcor
  • Godzilla
  • Haku
  • Jabberwock
  • Pendragon
  • Reptar
  • Rhaegal
  • Scylla
  • Sharptooth
  • Shenron
  • Smaug
  • Sobek
  • Tiberius
  • Viserion
  • Xerxes
  • Charizard
  • Dexter
  • Dragonbait
  • Geico
  • Izzy
  • Kahlua
  • Kiwi
  • Littlefoot
  • Lizzie
  • Mushu
  • Natsu
  • Norbert
  • Pip
  • Rango
  • Speedy Gonzales
  • Spyro
  • Toothless
  • Abraxas
  • Blackbeard
  • Bluebeard
  • Claws
  • Draco
  • Drake
  • Elliot
  • Gila
  • Jade
  • Kimono
  • Leap
  • Merlin
  • Puff
  • Rainbow
  • Raptor
  • Spike
  • Spook

Pet Turtle Names

Turtles are great pets for both adults and kids. Box turtles, red-eared sliders, painted turtles and Russian tortoises are all popular species of pet turtles. Turtle names are often culled from literature and pop culture. When you choose a pet turtle, consider some of these popular names.

Aquatic Turtles Tortoises & Land Turtles Other Turtle Names
  • Ao
  • Awanata
  • Bubbles
  • Charybdis
  • Crush
  • Gamera
  • Gojira
  • Grindylow
  • Jaws
  • Melusine
  • Monstro
  • Morla
  • Ogopogo
  • Pandaria
  • Slider
  • Squirtle
  • Tiamat
  • Ajax
  • Blastoise
  • Climber
  • Crate
  • Fudu
  • Genbu
  • Great A'Tuin
  • Hare
  • Kameyo
  • Kobe
  • Kurma
  • Racer
  • Scoot
  • Seismo
  • Snappy
  • Speedy
  • Tank
  • Cecil
  • Clifford
  • Donatello
  • Fillmore
  • Franklin
  • Leonardo
  • Michelangelo
  • Myrtle
  • Peek-a-Boo
  • Raphael
  • Scarlet
  • Shelby
  • Shelly
  • Shredder
  • Splinter
  • Terry
  • Yurtle

Great Names for Any Pet Reptile

While a lot of pet owners want to choose a name specific to their reptile species, there are many names for pet reptiles that can work for either snakes, lizards, turtles or other pets. Here are a few ideas for fun, attention-grabbing reptile names:

Literary Names Humorous Names Tough Names
  • Apollo
  • Balthazar
  • Chimera
  • Grootslang
  • Hecate
  • Lucifer
  • Montezuma
  • Naga
  • Nessie
  • Orpheus
  • Sangone
  • Satan
  • Snallygaster
  • Zaratan
  • Cupcake
  • Fabio
  • Fancy
  • Fido
  • Fluffy
  • Herpo
  • Precious
  • Sal Monella
  • Spot
  • Sprinkles
  • Trix
  • Trouser
  • Whiz
  • Wiggles
  • Beast
  • Bones
  • Boss
  • Champ
  • Dino
  • Harley
  • King
  • Maximus
  • Metal
  • Ozzy
  • Rex
  • Thor
  • Thrash
  • Victor

Choosing a Name You'll Love

While just about any name can work for any pet reptile, the most unusual names might be misunderstood or seem inappropriate, so name your pet with care. Many people you meet may be nervous or afraid of reptiles, and your pet's name can play an important role in making a first impression.

No matter what you decide to name your pet snake, lizard, or turtle, choosing a name you like that suits you and your pet will make the bond you share with your pet that much more enjoyable. So grab a book of names, a dictionary, a thesaurus or your favorite book or movie, and find your pet's name today.

Names for Pet Reptiles