What is a Reptile?
Definition of REPTILE
1 : an animal that crawls or moves on its belly (as a snake) or on small legs (as a lizard)
2 : any of a class (Reptilia) of air-breathing vertebrates that include the alligators and crocodiles,
lizards, snakes, and turtles, that are characterized by a completely ossified skeleton with a
single occipital condyle, a distinct quadrate bone usually articulated with the skull, ribs
attached to the sternum, and a body usually covered with scales or bony plates.
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Reptiles are cold blooded which means that they are dependent on the surrounding temperature to help regulate their body temperature which is called Ectothermic Regulation. All reptiles regulate their body temperature by this way by either sunning themselves on rocks, trees or logs laying in the water of a stream or lake.
The feeding habit of reptiles depends on the species. Snakes for instance are carnivores, which means they feed
on other animals such as rodents, other reptiles, birds, eggs and even fish. Crocodiles and Alligators are also
carnivores. Turtles are omnivores, which mean they will eat both plant and animals. Tortoises are strictly herbivores
meaning they eat only plant material.