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All About Reptiles

Contributed by Leanne Guenther

Crocodile
Snake

So what makes a reptile a reptile? 

The two biggest clues are:
 1) they are cold-blooded, and 
 2) they are covered in scales.


Turtle

A turtle finds some
shade to cool down.
Photo Source:  Corel Web Gallery

  

Being cold-blooded means that their bodies react to the temperature of their surroundings.  When they get too warm, they can go into the water or shade to cool off. 


A lizard catches some sun.

A lizard catches some sun to warm up.
Photo Source:  Corel Web Gallery

 

When they get too cold they can hang out in the sun to warm themselves up.


Lizard

Photo Source:  Corel Web Gallery

Snake

Photo Source:  Corel Web Gallery

Some creatures that belong to the reptile group of animals are snakes, alligators, crocodiles, tortoises, lizards, etc.


Crocodile scales

A crocodile's back has
large bumpy scales.
Photo Source:  Corel Web Gallery

Snake Scales

Snake Scales
Photo Source:  Corel Web Gallery

   

Scales protect their bodies.
Scales can be hard or soft, large or small. 


Reptiles are born on land.
Photo Source:  Corel Web Gallery

 

Reptiles are born on land and are born with strong instincts, so they are on their own at birth.  Just think, no parents to nag them about cleaning their rooms!


 

Take a Break!
On-Line Jigsaw Puzzle:   Alligator
On-Line Jigsaw Puzzle:   Lizard
On-Line Jigsaw Puzzle:   Snake

 


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