Turtles, snakes, crocodiles, and lizards are all reptiles.  Reptile skins are dry, scaly, and quite waterproof.  Reptiles do not need to live in damp places.  Many live in deserts.  Reptiles lay eggs.  Reptiles lay eggs that have a hard or leathery shell.  The eggs are laid on land.  Most reptiles do not look after eggs and young.  Eggs are laid and left to hatch on their own.

  Turtles are one of the oldest reptiles.  There are 250 kinds of turtles.  Land tortoises are usually slow-moving plant eaters.  Sea turtles and freshwater turtles are good swimmers and are mostly hunters.

  Crocodiles also swim well, and are the largest living reptiles and fierce hunters.  There are 25 kinds of crocodiles.

  There are about 3,000 kinds of snakes and 3,000 kinds of lizards.  Most lizards are small and feed on insects.  They are found in the tops of trees to burrows underground.  Snakes are hunters and swallow their prey whole.


Answer the questions below.


Most reptiles care for their eggs and young in the following way:

Sit on the eggs and guard the young.

Hatch the eggs and then leave the young.

Lay the eggs and leave them to hatch on their own.


Reptile eggs have a and leathery shell.


There are kinds of crocodiles.


Most lizards eat .


are the largest kind of reptiles.


The oldest kind of reptile is a .


Many reptiles live in dry areas called .

swallow their prey whole.
There are different kinds of turtles.
Lizards live underground and in the tops of .



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