Snakes, lizards, turtles, tortoises, alligators and crocodiles are REPTILES.
The dinosaurs of prehistoric time were reptiles.
Reptiles are alike in the following ways:
- They have dry, scaly skin.
- They have short legs or no legs at all.
- They breathe with lungs.
- They are cold-blooded.
- Reptiles are vertebrates -- they have backbones.
- Most young reptiles hatch from eggs, but not all do.
Many snakes have live babies.
- Young reptiles look like their parents.
MORE about REPTILES
- Some reptiles do not have legs (snakes).
- Many reptiles have claws on their feet.
- Reptiles that live in cold climates hibernate in winter.
- Most reptiles shed their skin as they grow.
- Reptiles do not eat as often as warm-blooded animals.
- Reptiles are all cold-blooded. When it is cold their bodies and blood become cold.
When they lie in the warm sun their bodies and blood become warm.