Our Reptile Awareness Week rolls on with today’s episode of Curious By Nature! What are the similarities between reptiles and amphibians? What are the differences? Airen’s here to walk us through these cool cold-blooded critters! Then, keep exploring reptiles with the activities below!
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As we learned from Airen, there are a lot of big differences between reptiles and amphibians, even though they can look very similar! Let’s continue to deepen our understanding of their differences by making a model of reptile and amphibian skin. Click here to download the directions and guiding questions.
Can you guess what the objects in this photo are? They’re smooth greensnake eggs! Airen talked a little bit about reptile eggs in today’s episode, but the texture of the eggs is only part of the story! Dr. Allison told us all about how some Chicago-area reptiles lay eggs and how some keep them in their body! Click here to download our “How do reptiles have babies?” handout to learn more.
This Saturday, October 24, we’re taking an up-close look at snakes from our living collections. We’ll learn about snake bodies, how snakes hunt and eat, and where they live! Click here to register your young scientist for Curious By Nature.
Have you ever thought about having a reptile as a pet? Reptiles can be great pets, but they require a lot of special care and some, like tortoises, can live for decades! They are a big commitment and are often adopted without their owners realizing the immense work that goes into caring for them. If you’d like to learn more about reptiles, or how to responsibly adopt one, check out the Chicago Herpetological Society and Friends of Scales.