Reptiles

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

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Here's Why You Shouldn't Eat a Box Turtle in the Wild

Eating wild turtles may sound like an easy catch for survival, but it's a bad idea for several reasons.

Florida Enlists Expert Indian Snake Hunters to Solve Its Python Problem

Irula tribesmen, pros at catching deadly snakes, traveled all the way from India to be on the Burmese python case in South Florida.

Alligators Go Back 6 Million Years Further Than Thought

New fossil analysis illuminates the evolution of the modern American gator species, and why it may prefer freshwater sources — like your local golf course.

The Real Reason Turtles Have Shells (Hint, It's Not for Protection)

Why do turtles have shells is the kind of question a kid would ask. But the answer is surprisingly complicated.

Nile Crocodiles Retiring to South Florida?

Researchers have found three of these massive predators in South Florida. Could they join the ranks of Burmese pythons and other invasive species that call Florida home?

Alligators Fatter and Happier Courtesy of Wading Birds

We knew that wading birds like to use alligators as their guard dogs, but now researchers have figured out exactly how alligators benefit from the deal.

Caves of Hanging Snakes

At night in caves around the world, dangling snakes emerge from hiding ready to scarf up flying bats.

How Snake Handlers Work

When you handle deadly snakes for a living, caution is job one. When you handle snakes for God, it is not. Let's meet some folks in both worlds.

What’s the largest snake that has ever existed?

Prepare to meet the king of snakes, the largest serpent to ever slither its way out of prehistory and into your nightmares.

What's the deal with crocodile tears?

Just how deceitful a creature is the sharp-toothed, swimming crocodile? Any more so than the other animals inhabiting our waters? They do cry, but it has nothing to do with insincerity.

Lace Monitor Facts, Pictures, Video

Meet the lace monitor! View pictures, watch video, read facts, explore interactives and more.

How to Scare Away Rattlesnakes

You may encounter a rattle snake lazing in its natural habitat and want to know how to scare it away. Learn about how to scare away rattlesnakes in this article.

How to Breed Ring-neck Snakes

Learn how to breed ring-neck snakes and start a successful breeding business. Learn about how to breed a ring-neck snake in this article.

How to Know if a Snake Is Venomous

Learning how to know if a snake is venomous isn't hard. Learn about how to know if a snake is venomous in this article.

How to Identify the Pygmy Rattlesnake

If you are in the Southeastern United States, you should know how to identify a pygmy rattlesnake. Learn about how to identify the pygmy rattlesnake in this article.

How to Identify Garden Snakes

You can identify garden snakes, more commonly called garter snakes, by the three stripes on their backs that are reminiscent of garters. Learn about how to identify garden snakes in this article.

How to Feed Baby Turtles

If you have a pet baby turtle, you surely want to know how and what to feed it. This article will tell you how to feed baby turtles.

Did crocodiles descend from dinosaurs?

Crocodiles look a lot like dinosaurs, and they have certain similar characteristics. But are they related at all, or are the similarities all coincidence?

What's the difference between an alligator and a crocodile?

Every once in a while, you'll hear about a giant reptile sneaking into suburbia. But have you ever wondered whether that's an alligator or crocodile leisurely drifting in your swimming pool?

Can a turtle outgrow its shell?

Snails are home hoppers -- they'll leave small or damaged shells behind when they find better digs. Are turtles the same, or are they a little more invested in their keratin coverings?

What's the difference between a snake and a legless lizard?

That slithery, snakelike form that just darted past might not be a snake after all. It could be legless lizard, an animal that evolved from an entirely different line.

Venomous Snakes

The fear of snakes, ophidiophobia, is one of the most widespread phobias in the world. There are many types of harmless snakes, but the venom from some poisonous varieties can kill a person

Alligator Pictures

Alligators have been around for millions of years, and they are about as close as humans will ever get to seeing a living dinosaur. This image gallery will give you a glimpse into this archaic reptile's various life stages.

How Snakes Work

A snake can swallow an animal that’s twice as big as its own head -- and swallow it whole. Snakes are amazing creatures with some astonishing capabilities. Did you know that a few of them can even fly? Learn how snakes get around, how they kill and eat their prey, and how they court and reproduce.

How Alligators Work

Alligators are amazing animals that have been around for millions of years. These fearsome creatures are expert predators at the top of the food chain.


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