About 8,240 species of reptiles in the world. They inhabit every continent except Antarctica. Cold-blooded or Ectothermic, these creatures became the first vertebrates to live on land seeking the warmth of the sun. Frightening to some, this category will fascinate you, so slither on in and ask your questions.

27,609 Questions

Are reptiles poikilothermic?

Reptiles are poikilothermic, poikilothermic means that they can not regulate heat internally.This is why they are cold blooded and need to bask in the sun regularly to maintain body temperature


How do reptiles move?

They either walk, slither or swim ! It depends what kind of reptile it is.
by using their legs like humans but 2 at a time: left, right, left.

Lizards, geckos, turtles, and tortoises use their legs to move. Legless lizards and snakes use their ribs to "pull" themselves along.


Name a reptile people keep as a pet?

Snake, Iguana, Gecko, Frog, Crocodile/Gator, Chameleon

Lizards, snakes, sometimes crocodiles. Personally, I have 5 snakes, 2 geckos, and a Greek Tortoise.

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Do birds eat snakes?

Some birds do, but not all of them. The birds which eat other animals are called birds of prey.
The osprey, bald eagle and red-tailed hawk are three examples of birds of prey who will eat snakes.

The Difference Between

What are the differences between mammal and reptile bones?


Turtles and Tortoises

Is there really only one Alligator Snapping Turtle left in the world?

No, and there NOT endangered!

They are listed as "vulnerable" on the IUCN list. I think you've ^ got them confused with the common snapper. Alligator snappers are different....


Why does your snake pee on you when you hold him?

It's a defense mechanism. Reptiles don't normally have that much contact with people, but they DO get used to being handled over time.

Also, if it is your pet snake, taking it out to hold warms it up and gets it moving, which promotes bathroom time.


Do baby gopher snakes bite?

All snakes have the potential to bite! It depends on how you handle them and whether they feel threatened or not!


Do snakes breath out of there tongue?

No - Snakes breath with their lungs - just as every other air-breathing animal does!


How Snakes are considered?

Snakes are reptiles.

Land Mammals

What are coldblooded animals called?

cold blooded animals are called reptiles.

Black Mamba

How big are black mamba fangs?

their fangs can grow up to 1 inch


What is an example of a genus?

The genus for a Garter snake is 'Thamnophis'

The Difference Between

What is the difference between an amphibian and a reptile?

Reptiles and and amphibians are two different types of animals. though there are many similarities between these two types of animals. Major difference between reptiles and amphibians include the following.

  1. Different species of reptiles live on land, in water, or both on land and in water. However, all amphibians are born in water and spend early part of their lives in water in form of larvae. Through a process of metamorphosis the larvae of amphibians grow into adults which are quite different from the larvae. The adults usually live on land, however some may live on land as well as in water.
  2. All reptiles breathe only through lungs, and this includes juveniles. However, young amphibians breathe through gills. Adults breathe through lungs. Some adults may have gills also. In addition, amphibians breathe through openings in their skins and mouth.
  3. Reptiles have a scaly skins. Amphibians do not have scales on their skin. In general they have a smooth, moist body. Some amphibians have a rough leathery skin.
  4. Reptiles are generally bigger in size than amphibians.
  5. Reptiles include four groups of animals - lizards and snakes, turtles and tortoises, crocodilians, and tuatara. Amphibians include three groups of animals - frogs and toads, salamanders and caecillians.
  6. Amphibians undergo metamorphosis, meaning the juveniles are qute different in appearance and shape from the adult amphibians, and their bidy undergoes significant change. Young reptiles resemble smaller versions of their parents.

the environment reptiles live in dryer environments while amphibians live in wet environments
Respiration using lungs

The above is not strictly correct. Adult amphibians breathe using lungs. One of the main differences between amphibians and reptiles is that juvenile amphibians undergo metamorphosis, during which they change from using gills for respiration to using lungs.

Another major difference is that reptiles have scaly skin, while amphibians have moist skin, not scaly.
amphibians have dual life ... water and land while reptiles don't have
All amphibians start life in the water, and all reptiles start life on land. (short answer)
The primary difference is in the egg, reptiles lay thick shelled eggs that have an amnion protecting the embryo, this difference of having an amnion sharply separates reptiles, birds, and mammals from fish and amphibians.

Reptiles also have thick skin while amphibians have thin skin.

Reptiles sometimes have scales and amphibians usually have smooth skin, but some reptiles (particularly Crocodylians) do not have true scales, and some amphibians (particularly toads) have rough, warty skin.
An anfibian can live in water and on land. a reptile can't
Amphibians develop in water, and reptiles do not. Reptiles have scutes wich amphibians lack.
Reptiles have scales and Amphibians have smooth skin.

An animal is classed as a reptile if it:

Has scales;

Lays hard eggs instead of live young;

Doesn't suckle its young.

An amphibian:

Lives both on land and in water;

Lays soft eggs;

Has soft, damp skin.

The differences being the skin texture, habits and the eggs.

Reptiles have scales and Amphibians have smooth skin.

The difference between reptiles and amphibians is that reptiles have rough skin and amphibians have slimmy slippery skin.Reptiles are also different from amphibians because reptiles were here longer than amphibians.
amphibians have smooth and moist skin however reptiles have dry and scaly scales.
Reptiles begin their lives on land, whereas Amphibians begin their lives in water.
Amphibians are able to go both in water and land but reptiles stick to land
Amphibians can breathe under water while reptiles can't, I'm not for sure about this but that's my guess.
they aren't in the same group.
Reptiles and amphibians belong to the same Kingdom (Animalia) and Phylum (Chordata) but are different Classes altogether.

Reptiles most likely evolved from amphibians some 300 million years ago. They live on land, mostly, and breath air with lungs, though things like sea-snakes and alligators (Reptiles) do live in water. Reptiles lay eggs with a tough shell.

Amphibians are more water-dependent, and usually lay their eggs in water. Examples are frogs and salamanders.

Also, reptiles have scales. Very few amphibians have scale-like skin.

Although they share common ancestry (we all do, actually, all life on earth...), they are different groups of animals!
amphibians and reptiles are both same but the difference are amphibians spend thier time on water when they are young and when they are growing older spend thier time on land while reptiles thier bodies are covered with scale or plates
Reptiles and amphibians are rather different. Reptiles have dry, scaly skin, breathe through lungs, and are often found on land. In contrast, amphibians have scaleless, often slimy skin, are found in water before moving to land, and often can breathe without the use of lungs, or don't even have lungs.
Amphibians breathe through their skin and live on both land and in water. Reptiles have scaly skin and live mostly on land except for exceptions such as crocodiles, turtles and iguanas.
The difference between an amphibian and a reptile are the following:

  • reptiles don't have webbed feet, amphibians do
  • reptiles have hard scaly skin, amphibians have soft and slimy skin
  • amphibians live in water most of the time where as reptiles don't but other than that they are really close to being the same
  • amphibians are animals which live on both land and water and have lungs and also pores in there skin to breath through frog

Herepetology Herepetology
The main noticeable difference is their skin. Reptiles have thousands of overlapping scales loosely connected to each other. Amphibians have a breathable one-piece skin.
Food Chains and Food Webs

What eats a snake other than an owl?

Fox , Coyote

There are a lot of animals that will eat snakes other than owls. Almost any raptor (hawk, falcon, eagle, etc.) will eat a snake. There are a number of other mammals that will, as well, such as skunks, badgers, raccoons, weasels, and many more. Predatory wading birds like herons will also eat snakes - even other snakes will eat snakes! Really, just about any predatory animal that is large enough can eat a snake.

Care of Turtles

Is turtle shell plates falling off normal?

yes as long as its only one or two pieces at a time and not covered in fungus

Turtles and Tortoises
Care of Turtles

What are baby turtles called?

A general (non-breed specific) baby turtle is called a hatchling. When they are still in shell, a group of hatchlings is called a clutch. If they have been born, a group of them are called a bale. A bale of hatchlings will grow into a bale of yearlings (juveniles).

Terrapins are actually small edible turtles with lozenge-shaped markings on it`s shell, from the Malaclemys terrapin family Emydidae, mostly found in coastal marshes.


What types of snakes dont eat mice?

There are relatively few species that wont eat mice (or rats) the tentacled snake is a specialist in eating termites, and many of the garter snakes will feed almost exclusively on fish (though they can be coaxed into taking rodents).

Most arboreal species don't eat mice, as they're in the trees most of the time, so they prey on birds and other animals they find in the trees. The ring-necked snake and worm snake eats invertebrates such as earthworms and slugs. Water snakes eat fish. The elephant trunk snake is a completely aquatic species, although I'm not sure what it's diet is, most likely fish. Sea snakes are venomous snakes that eat fish. Large species of snake eat animals like cattle, rabbits, and pigs when they are full-grown. There are many that don't eat mice naturally.


What adaptations does an anaconda have?

The biggest snake as far as girth (largest being measured at 44 inches or 1,1176 m) is the Green Anaconda, on average anacondas are more then 20 ft long many reaching lengths of 29ft or more, with a weight of over 550 lbs, in terms of length then and only then will the Reticulated Python exceed the anaconda, the longest python was measured at 33ft but even this python can't match the total mass of the anaconda.

Anacondas are members of the Boidae family of reptiles and spend most of their time in rivers and swamps of the Amazon in South America which makes them excellent swimmers and are capable of holding their breath for around 15 minutes, female anacondas are generally larger then the males and bear their young live and are called "Neonates", the number of young varies, some have produced 100 babies, but the average is between 20 to 40 babies. Diet consist of (depending on the size of the anaconda, the larger the snake the larger the prey) large/small rodents like capybaras, also pigs, caiman, jaguars, deer, dogs, birds even fish and is acquired by ambushing and constricting it's prey (the anaconda is so powerful it generally crushes it's prey) then swallowing it whole, the digestion of the anaconda is very slow thereby allowing it to survive without food for well over a year.

Anacondas have around a 30 year life span and the biggest threat to it is man and loss of their habitat.

An anaconda's adaptations are its body. They shed their skin.

Alligators and Crocodiles

What does the skin of an alligators feel like?

rough and bumpy


What kind of snakes eat possums?

Pythons are most likely to eat possums.

EDIT: It depends. If you are referring to the Australian possum, then yes, I would assume a Scrub or Carpet python or the like would eat it. However, if you mean the North American opossum, then only the young would be eaten by a snake as adults are highly resistant to snake bites, assuming the snake is venomous, and there are no native snakes large enough.


How long does the rhino rat snakes live for?

In most of the Rat Snake species, the life-span is around ten to fifteen years.

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What is the scientific name of sea snake?

There are many different species of 'sea snake' - if you care to read the Wikipedia page in the related link - you'll see the different species along with their scientific names.


Why do reptiles lay in the sun?

Reptiles are cold-blooded (endothermic). Put simply, this means they have no means to regulate their body temperature like mammals (and humans) can.

The only way for them to warm up their bodies is to bask on a large rock, or open area, in direct sunlight - thus absorbing the warmth of the suns rays.

Once sufficiently warmed, they are free to go off in search of food etc.


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