Reptile Fun Facts

The temperature of the saltwater crocodile's egg will determine the sex of the new born crocodile.

Certain Chinese and American alligators can survive the winter by freezing their heads in ice, leaving their nose out to breath for months on end.

The Galapagos Tortoise has a potential life span of 200 years.

A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

Of the approximately 200 eggs laid by a female leatherback sea turtle an average of two will survive their youth and grow to sexual maturity.

A crocodile's digestive juices are so strong that it can digest a steel nail.

Snakes are immune to their own poison.

A chameleon's tongue is twice the length of its body.

An alligator has about 80 teeth in its mouth at one time. An alligator can go through 3000 teeth in a lifetime.

The tuatara lizard's metabolism is so slow they only have to breathe once an hour.

The female green turtle sheds tears as she lays her eggs on the beach. This washes sand particles out of her eyes and rids her body of excess salt.

An iguana can stay under water for 28 minutes.

Certain types of snakes can go months without eating.

The Blanding's turtle is sometimes found swimming under the ice.

Snakes and lizards flick their tongues in the air to capture scent particles. They smell with their tongue.

The African egg-eating snake swallows eggs whole, and then use tiny "spikes" extending internally from its spine to crack the egg open and swallow the nutritious contents. Lastly, it will regurgitate the unneeded egg shell in a neatly folded piece.

Some species of gecko use their tails as a defensive tool. When attacked, the gecko will wiggle its tail to lure the attacking creature. When the animal bites onto the tail, the gecko can detach the tail and make its escape. In most cases, a new tail will grow in place of the old one.

Reptiles are found in every continent except Antarctica.

There are more than 8000 reptile species in the world.

Reptiles have scales or horny plates that cover their body.

You will often find reptiles lying in the sun on rocks and logs.

Reptiles are called cold-blooded because they can't regulate their own body temperature. Their body temperature is dependent on the external temperature.

Most reptiles lay eggs which have leathery shells that are resistant to drying.

A majority of reptiles have a three-chambered heart.

In most reptile species, the young are independent from the moment they've hatched.

Komodo dragon is the largest living lizard.

If a snake is born with two heads, both its heads fight each other for food.

A crocodile has an ability to grow new teeth to replace the old teeth.

The largest reptile is the saltwater crocodile, which grows up to 7 metres in length.

The basilisk lizards can run across the surface of water without sinking.

Most snake species can dislocate their jaw, allowing them to swallow prey much larger than themselves.

Amazingly, the distance between an alligatorís eyes, in inches, is directly proportional to the length of the alligator in feet.

The gastric frog is known to give birth to its young one through their mouth.

A chameleon can move its eyes in any two separate directions at the same time.

Crocodiles can swallow large stones that stay permanently in their bellies and are used as ballast in diving.

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