Working with Reptiles
Do you want to work with reptiles?
You have chosen a career to follow and prepare for, now it's time to learn more about the species you will work with.
Follow the 3 easy steps to help you read and learn more about reptiles, how to work with them, and how to gain experience, everything while having a huge amount of fun!
1. definition of reptiles
A cold-blooded vertebrate animal that is distinguished by having a dry scaly skin and typically laying soft-shelled eggs on land.
2. BASIC FACTS
It is assumed that reptiles had a common ancestor that lived around 312 million years ago during the Carboniferous period.
Reptiles are found in almost all corners of the world, except for the polar regions. Most reptiles live on land, but turtles, crocodiles, and some snakes live in water.
There are over 10,600 different reptile species, with lizards accounting for almost 60%. Australia is the country with the most diverse species in the world.
The smallest reptile must be the Jaragua Lizard, measuring about three quarters of an inch (16 mm) in length from the tip of his snout to the base of his tail. The largest living reptile is the saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) of Southern Asia and Australia, with adult males being typically 13 to 18 feet (3.9 to 5.5 m) long.
From one year (certain chameleon species) to almost 150 years for the Galapagos Tortoise.
Most reptiles reproduce sexually, although some are capable of asexual reproduction. Fertilization of the eggs happens inside the body, a process called internal fertilization. Although a few reptile species give birth to live young, most reptiles hatch from eggs. Most reptiles lay eggs with soft, leathery shells, but minerals in the shells can make them harder. Crocodilians and some kinds of turtles lay eggs with tough shells—more like a bird's egg. Once the eggs are fertilized, development begins with gestation being different according to species.
Most reptiles are carnivorous and they swallow the prey whole. The use teeth only to hold the prey. Reptiles, such as turtles and some lizards, are herbivores and eat plant matter.
3. WANT TO LEARN MORE?
Groups: 4 main Groups
Families: 82 different families
Species: about 10,600 species
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