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Animals | Wild Animals | Reptiles

Reptiles are cold-blooded vertebrates that have scales layered over their skin. Common reptiles include lizards, snakes, alligators and crocodiles.

Alligators & Crocodiles

Alligators & Crocodiles

Alligators and Crocodiles are reptilian relatives but are distinguished by the width of the snout. Alligators have fatter, rounder snouts than crocodiles. See more »

Snakes

Snakes

Snakes have a long, flexible body that is covered with dry scales. Snakes flick their forked tongues to bring in odors to their sensory glands. See more »

Turtles

Turtles

Reptiles are beautiful creatures that have evolved since the beginning of time. Check out these articles about all kinds of unique reptiles. See more »

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