Hi, everyone! today we’re going to learn about reptiles!
Reptile is the name for a large group of animals. Reptiles are vertebrates, which means they have backbones. They are also cold-blooded, have scaly skin, and lay eggs. When we say that reptiles are cold-blooded, that does not mean that they are cold! It just means that they cannot keep their bodies the right temperature without help.
To warm up, reptiles move somewhere warmer – often a nice, sunny rock. To cool themselves down, reptiles go somewhere cooler, perhaps into the water, or a nice shady burrow. Because of this, reptiles mainly live in places where it does not get too cold.
This is probably why reptiles live on every continent – except for Antarctica! Their skin is one good way to tell if the animal you are looking at is a reptile or an amphibian. Reptiles’ scaly skin is dry and watertight, It may be smooth or rough, shiny or dull, but never slimy! If you see an animal that looks like a snake or lizard but it has wet or slimy skin, you’re probably looking at an amphibian instead of a reptile.
Almost all reptiles lay eggs, although some give birth to live young. Unlike bird’s eggs, which have hard shells, reptile eggs are soft and leathery. Unlike amphibians, reptiles lay their eggs on land, Even reptiles that spend most of their time in the water, like alligators and sea turtles, lay their eggs on dry land.
Reptiles are fascinating creatures and come in many different shapes and sizes. Some people keep reptiles as pets! Some of them make really good pets.