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Thursday, April 1, 2010

So What's the Difference?

What is the difference between an amphibian and a reptile? Frogs, toads, and salamanders are amphibians. Turtles, snakes, and lizards are reptiles.

Both are cold blooded. Amphibians must live part of their life in the water. Reptiles don't need to. A frog lays its eggs in the water. Turtles lay their eggs on land.

Reptiles are covered with scales or plates. Their skin is waterproof. They also have claws. Amphibian skin is permeable. They do not have claws.

Here's a fun activity sheet from Arizona to help understand the difference! Just go to http://www.azgfd.gov/i_e/ee/resources/wild_kids/herps46.pdf

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