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Quiz: Amphibians and Reptiles

There are a surprising number of amphibians and reptiles on Earth. However, there can be considerable confusion about which animals are amphibians and which are reptiles. This is partly because there are amphibians that live most of their lives on land and there are reptiles that live most of their lives in the water.

It should be explained that an amphibian requires water for its eggs to develop without drying out. Reptiles lay eggs that have a rubbery covering, so the eggs don’t have to be laid in water. This is a defining difference between the two kinds of animals.

There are other facts about both reptiles and amphibians that aren’t well known. For this reason, here is a quiz about amphibians and reptiles, meant to get your synapses firing.

  • This creature is an alligator, found in the southeast US, Mexico, Central, and South America. Is this an amphibian or a reptile?

    • Amphibian
    • Reptile
  • These are red-eared pond slider turtles, common in ponds and lakes throughout most of the US, Mexico, Central America, and South America. Are they amphibians or reptiles?

    • Amphibian
    • Reptile
  • This chubby little guy is a male Western Toad, which lives in the drier areas of the western US. Is this an amphibian or a reptile?

    • Amphibian
    • Reptile
  • This rather homely critter is a Japanese Giant Salamander. It is the second largest salamander in the world, growing to a length of 4 1/2 feet. Is this an amphibian or a reptile?

    • amphibian
    • Reptile
  • This colorful animal is an Emperor Snake, a kind of boa constrictor. Is this an amphibian or a reptile?

    • amphibian
    • reptile
  • Weighing in at around 900 pounds and with a length of about 6 feet, this is a Galapagos Tortoise. Is this an amphibian or a reptile?

    • Amphibian
    • Reptile
  • True or False: All reptiles have scales.

    • True
    • False
  • True or False: There are nearly ten times as many reptile species as there are amphibian species.

    • True
    • False
  • This is a picture of eggs. Are these amphibian eggs or reptile eggs?

    • Amphibian
    • Reptile
  • True or False: For many species, a large part of an amphibian’s breathing , up to 80%, is done through their skin, rather than with their lungs.

    • True
    • False

What do you think?

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    • haha…you still did outstanding. I hear you, too. I have two toads and a turtle as pets. I don’t have any snakes, only because my wife and daughter are scared of them, but I did rehab an injured gopher snake three years ago. It was a little one, though, and only about 4 feet long. That wild snake LOVED being held, too.

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