What is a Reptilian?

By David W. Chace


White Draco Reptilian ETFor the purposes of my research, a reptilian is an alien (extraterrestrial, UFO occupant, etc...) or a cryptid (scientifically unrecognized creature) with a more or less humanoid body plan and a reptilian appearance. I use the term “reptilian” interchangeably with John Rhodes’ preferred term “reptoid,” which is a contraction of reptilian humanoid. In general, a reptilian is defined in terms of its physical characteristics and/or similarities with other reported reptilians. Research into the subject of reptilians is thus dependent on obtaining detailed physical descriptions and/or drawings of the aliens/cryptids reported by witnesses, to determine which ones fall into the reptilian category.

What constitutes a “reptilian appearance”? Skin covered with scales (variously described), facial features reminiscent of a lizard or snake, and fingers tipped with lizard-like claws are some of the most common identifying characteristics. Other characteristics, such as webbed hands, eyes with vertical slit pupils and a bright yellow iris, or a muscular build and an overall height close to seven feet, recur in many cases, so they are also defining features.

What is a “Typical” Reptilian Experience?

There are many kinds of experiences people have with reptilians.  The important question to begin with is: How does one distinguish a reptilian experience (i.e., sighting, encounter, or contact with a reptilian being) from other sorts of UFO related, cryptozoological or paranormal experiences? Short answer: If one or more reptilians are involved, then it’s a reptilian experience.

The details of people’s reptilian experiences, including relevant context (i.e., when, where, circumstances, life events that may be related), are of importance to the research. In studying reptilians we are essentially studying patterns in human experience. As a researcher, what I seek is detailed descriptions of experience. What was the sequence of events? What happened? What did things look, sound, smell and feel like? What were the aftereffects of the experience? How did the experience fit into the person’s life and larger pattern of UFO related or paranormal experiences? By compiling detailed descriptions of experiences from different people, we can build a picture of what the overall reptilian encounter experience is like, and break things down into different kinds of experiences, with different kinds of reptilian beings.

Physical encounters with reptilians are, of course, the core mystery that I am trying to understand. What do reptilians look like? How tall are they? How much do they weigh? What is their biology? Where do they come from? How do they enter our world? What is the role of reptilians within the larger alien contact phenomenon? What are their reasons for interacting with humans?

Even though I consider a physical encounter to be the most interesting, and most comprehensible kind of reptilian contact experience, it is not necessarily the most common. Over the years that I’ve been researching reptilians, certain patterns have become evident. Early on I realized that reptilian contact sometimes comes during meditation. For example, in the form of a telepathic conversation with a reptilian, or a vision of a reptilian. Experiences in an astral (out-of-body) state, or in dreams, are also important. As Dr. John Mack said, it is important that we begin to value our experiences with the “unseen realm.” Such experiences may turn out to be highly relevant to the mysteries we are attempting to resolve. In this case, the mystery of the physical beings we call reptilians. It is also important to realize that a physical encounter can, in some cases, be remembered as a dream. So those reptilian “dreams” may turn out to be even more relevant to the issue of physical contact than we might assume. It is important for experiencers of these phenomena to be aware of their bodies. Markings on the body, including such things as bruises, scratches, scoop marks, and triangles or other symbols, can sometimes point to a physical interaction that has been hidden from conscious memory.

How Many Different Kinds of Reptilians are There?

How do we even begin to answer this question? When I first started researching the UFO abduction phenomenon, I assumed that there might be just a few types of UFO occupants, period. It seemed reasonable to imagine that a single alien civilization might be involved with the Earth. Just as our civilization on Earth is comprised of a single species, humans, so it seemed reasonable to imagine that an alien civilization might be comprised of no more than a handful of different species or types of alien. So when I first started talking to people who reported seeing reptilian beings, I assumed the beings they were describing might all belong to the same species, perhaps with subtle variations based on the different planets or habitats within that civilization, or based on genetic engineering aimed at adapting them to different environments or roles.

Over several cases, however, what I found is that, while there are many commonalities in the descriptions of reptilians from one witness to the next, there are also striking differences, sufficient to suggest that we are dealing with truly different species. For example, some reptilians have a hand similar to a human, in that it has four fingers and a thumb, while others have only three fingers and a thumb. Some reptilians have a hard breastplate that covers the chest, sometimes said to resemble a turtle shell, while others have a series of wide horizontal scales, similar in appearance to the ventral plates on a snake’s belly, and still others have relatively small scales much like those that cover the rest of the body. Some reptilians have a tail, and some do not.

The variations that we see among different reptilians are greater than the variation that is found within any single “species” on Earth. Using the physical descriptions as a guide, it appears that there are probably several dozen different kinds of reptilians, and it is hard to know how they are related to one another, or how many different independent origins they may represent. Of course, much depends on how one defines a particular “kind” or “species” and distinguishes it from others. Further, the different kinds of reptilians that have been seen and described by witnesses are probably only a small fraction of the total number of different kinds that exist “out there” in the multiverse. The ones that are interacting with humans, however, are the ones that are most relevant to our investigations.

As Dr. Karla Turner advised, keep your questions open and your investigations busy. I’m sure I will have more to say about reptilians at a future date.

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David W. Chace

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David Chace is an illustrator and researcher with a deep curiosity about the UFO abduction phenomenon, and in particular, the question of what the reported aliens look like. Since 1991 he has been working with experiencers and attempting to draw the different types of aliens they describe.

David has a bachelor’s degree in biology, with a concentration in ecology, evolution and behavior. His educational background informs his research and his perspective on alien anatomy and biology.

In 1997 the nationally televised program “Strange Universe” featured a segment on his research. His artwork has also been seen in Fate magazine, Open Minds magazine, and numerous other publications, as well as across the Internet. Global-ET-Research: Reptilian-David-Chace.jpg

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