Exothermic

The behavior, physiology, and structure of an organism allowing it to be more suited to an environment.

Adaptation

(Cold-blooded) An organism that regulates its body temperature largely by exchanging heat with its surroundings.

Endothermic

(Warm-blooded) An organism that generates heat to maintain its body temperature, typically above the temperature of its surroundings.

Amphibian
amphibian

An organism, such as a frog, toad, salamander, or some types of newts, having an aquatic early stage (e.g. tadpole) and developing air-breathing lungs as an adult (e.g. frog).

Reptile
reptile

Any of various cold-blooded, usually egg-laying vertebrates of the class Reptilia, such as a snake, lizard, crocodile, turtle, or dinosaur, having an external covering of scales or horny plates and breathing by means of lungs.

Scales

One of the many small platelike dermal or epidermal structures that characteristically form the external covering of fishes, reptiles, and certain mammals.

Mimicry
mimicry

The resemblance of one organism to another or to an object in its surroundings for concealment and protection from predators. (e.g. The harmless scarlet kingsnake mimics the deadly coral snake.)

Conservation

The preservation and careful management of the environment and of natural resources.

Habitat

The area or environment where an organism or ecological community normally lives or occurs.

Carnivore

An animal that consumes primarily the flesh of other animals.

Herbivore

An animal that feeds chiefly on plants.

Niche

Function of a particular species in an ecological community; all aspects of an organisms existence that enable it to survive and reproduce.

Terrestrial
terrestrial

Behavior of living on the ground (rather than in the trees or seas).

Arboreal
arboreal

Behavior of living in the trees.

Food Chain

A group of organisms interrelated by the fact that each member of the group feeds upon on the one below it and is in turn eaten by the organism above it in the chain.

Omnivore

An organism which gets its food energy from both plant and animal material.

Carrion Eater (Scavenger)

An animal that feeds on dead or decaying matter. (e.g. Vulture or Hyena)

Constrictor

Any of various non-venomous snakes, such as the pythons and boas, that coil around and squeeze their prey to suffocate and kill it.

Endangered Species
endangered

A species present in such small numbers that it is at risk of extinction. (e.g. Snow Leopard)

Threatened Species
owl

Any species which is likely to become an endangered species within the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range. (e.g. Northern Spotted Owl)

Extinct Species
taz

Any species that no longer exists anywhere on Earth. (e.g. Tasmanian Wolf)

Reptile Scales & Tails Animals

Actual animals in program may vary from those listed depending upon availability.

Pyxie Frog (African Bullfrog)
abf

Found in the Sub-Saharan region of Africa, the Pyxie frog is the 2nd largest frog on Earth. This amphibian can weigh up to 4½ pounds and can live for up to 20 years. They are voracious eaters and are often aggressive, capable of delivering a painful bite. Pyxie frogs are carnivorous and will consume practically anything they can fit into their mouths.



African Spurred Tortoise
tortoise

Representing the 3rd largest tortoise species on the planet, the African Spurred Tortoise is capable of reaching weights close to 200 pounds! These reptiles are found in the sub-Sahara region of Africa where they graze on grasses and seek refuge from the heat in deep burrows they dig. African Spurred Tortoises are known for having a mild temperament and a lifespan of over 100 years.



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