What is a Reptile?

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What makes a reptile a reptile? How can creatures as different as chameleons and crocodiles belong to the same class of animals? Rattlesnakes that sidewind across the desert floor are reptiles. But so are flying geckos that glide through the air to escape their enemies and giant sea turtles that propel themselves through the water using flipperlike feet. So what exactly is a reptile? Answering that question isn't as easy as it might seem, but ...

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Overview

What makes a reptile a reptile? How can creatures as different as chameleons and crocodiles belong to the same class of animals? Rattlesnakes that sidewind across the desert floor are reptiles. But so are flying geckos that glide through the air to escape their enemies and giant sea turtles that propel themselves through the water using flipperlike feet. So what exactly is a reptile? Answering that question isn't as easy as it might seem, but What is a Reptile? makes solving the puzzle fascinating and fun.

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Children's Literature - Dianne Ochiltree
What do a sea turtle, a crocodile, a snake and a lizard have in common? They are all reptiles, of course. This easy-to-scan book is crammed with excellent information about the similarities and differences between individual members of this diverse group of animals. The straightforward text explains how various reptiles eat, stay warm, hunt, protect themselves and reproduce, using easy-to-understand language. Plentiful full-color photos and bright, detailed artwork show animals in action and in great anatomical detail. "Did you know?" boxes sprinkled throughout give fascinating reptilian facts of interest to the young reader. Includes a helpful glossary of zoological terms, which are also highlighted by boldface print within the body of the text.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871569301
  • Publisher: Sierra Club Books for Children
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Series: Books for Children Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.12 (d)

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Robert Snedden has written numerous books on science and nature for children.

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What do you think of when you think of reptiles? Do you think lizards and snakes? One doesn't look very much like the other. Lizards have four legs and run around, sometimes very quickly. Snakes don't have any legs at all and move by slithering along the ground. Can they really be the same kind of animal?

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Table of Contents

Contents

What is a reptile?

Types of reptile

Heat control

Reptile Skin

Teeth and jaws

Getting around

Sight and sound

Taste, scent and heat

Defenses

Feeding

Eggs

Parental care

Land invaders

Glossary

Index

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