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Reptiles

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Reptiles Proper name: Phylum Chordata, Class Reptilia
Common name: Reptiles
Examples: Crocodiles, snakes and lizards, turtles

Numbers of species: Over 5,000 (although most of these are snakes and lizards)
Where they are found: On land, in the oceans, and in freshwater

Description: Reptiles have lots of different body forms, but most have dry scaly skin. They usually lay small clutches of eggs and can look after their young.

Need to know: Reptiles, amphibians and fish are usually described as being 'cold blooded', because they do not maintain a constant body temperature, as mammals and birds do. Their blood is not really cold though, because they can warm themselves in the sun.

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