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What are Reptiles
Reptiles are animals in the class Reptilia. They are characterized by breathing air, laying shelled eggs, and having skin covered in scales and/or scutes. Reptiles are classically viewed as having a “cold-blooded” metabolism. They are tetrapods. Modern reptiles inhabit every continent with the exception of Antarctica.
Four living orders of reptiles are currently recognized
1. Crocodilia: 23 species of Crocodilia
2. Sphenodontia: 2 species of Sphenodontia
3. SpeciesSquamata: Approximately 7,900 speciesSquamata
4. SpeciesTestudines: Approximately 300 speciesTestudines
List of Popular Reptiles
Alligator Snapping Turtle
Eastern Coral Snake
Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake
Green Basilisk Lizard
Green Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Sea Turtle
Horned Toad (Short-Horned Lizard)
Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle
Leatherback Sea Turtle
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle
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