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Reptilian humanoids comprise a common motif in mythology, folklore, science fiction, fantasy, conspiracy theories, ufology and cryptozoology.

In mythology

Reptilian humanoids in world mythology include:


  • Boreas (Aquilon to the Romans): the Greek god of the cold north wind, described by Pausanias as a winged man with serpents instead of legs.
  • Cecrops I: the mythical first King of Athens was half man, half snake
  • Dragon Kings: creatures from Chinese mythology sometimes depicted as reptilian humanoids
  • Fu Xi: serpentine founding figure from Chinese mythology
  • Glycon: a snake god who had the head of a man.
  • Ningizzida, Lord of the Tree of Life, mentioned in the Epic of Gilgamesh and linked to the water serpent constellation Hydra.
  • Shenlong: a Chinese dragon thunder god, depicted with a human head and a dragon's body
  • Sobek: Ancient Egyptian crocodile-headed god
  • Tlaloc: Aztec god depicted as a man with snake fangs
  • Typhon, the "father of all monsters" in Greek mythology, was a man from the waist up, and a mass of seething vipers from the waist down.
  • Zahhak, a figure from Zoroastrian mythology who, in Ferdowsi's epic Shahnameh, grows a serpent on either shoulder


  • Echidna, the wife of Typhon in Greek mythology, was half woman, half snake.
  • Enchanted Moura from Portuguese and Galician folklore appears as a snake with long blonde hair.
  • The Gorgons: Sisters in Greek mythology who had serpents for hair.
  • The Lamia: a child-devouring female demon from Greek mythology depicted as half woman, half serpent.
  • Nüwa: serpentine founding figure from Chinese mythology
  • Wadjet pre-dynastic snake goddess of Lower Egypt - sometimes depicted as half snake, half woman
  • The White Snake: a figure from Chinese folklore


  • Some djinn in Islamic mythology are described as alternating between human and serpentine forms.
  • Nāga (Devanagari: नाग): reptilian beings from Hindu mythology said to live underground and interact with human beings on the surface.
  • The Serpent: a character from the Genesis creation narrative occasionally depicted with legs, and sometimes identified with Satan, though its representations have been both male and female.

In cryptozoology

Purported reptilian humanoid cryptids include:

  • The Cherufe in Chile
  • The Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp in South Carolina, USA
  • The Loveland Frog (or Loveland Lizard), in Loveland, Ohio, USA
  • Jake the Alligator Man, a sideshow gaff in Long Beach, Washington, USA
  • The Thetis Lake monster in Canada
  • Flatwoods monster (referred to as the "Lizard Monster" on the March 10, 2010 episode of MonsterQuest)

In ufology and conspiracy theories

  • Reptilians appear in some claims of alien encounters and in the conspiracy theories of David Icke
  • Lemurians, reptilian humanoids in the writings of Helena Blavatsky
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