There are 8,240 species of reptiles in the world, inhabiting every
continent except Antarctica.
Reptiles and amphibians are cold-blooded
animals, which means that they depend on external sources, such as the sun,
to maintain their body temperatures. Since they don't burn energy to heat
internal "furnaces," reptiles eat 30 to 50 times less food than do birds and
mammals [warm-blooded animals] of similar sizes.
One way to tell a frog
and a toad apart: frogs have smooth, clammy skin, while toads have more dry,
bumpy skin. Both frogs and toads lay their eggs in water, but toads spend
more of their time on land than do frogs.
Only a few hundred of the
world's 3,000 snakes are venomous. In the United States, only rattlesnakes,
copperheads, cottonmouths, and coral snakes are poisonous. More Americans
die each year from bee and wasp stings than from snake bites.
Turtles can recognize faces and can do tricks.
A gathering of frogs is
called an army.
The greatest age known for any snake is just under 30
years, attained by both the anaconda and the black-lipped cobra.
of the bites of both Black and Green Mambas produce neurotoxins, which is
why they kill so fast. The Black Mamba is more venomous.
have been known to reach speeds of up to 29 miles per hour.
have a surprising vocal range which includes hissing and during the mating
season they will produce fearsome roars and bellows.
Why I Was Late for Work
Jane Willimas was so fed up with looking for her tortoises that she has fitted them with a tracker device. Jane
fixed the tracker device to their shells with a removable sticky pad.
Henry Becomes a Dad at Age 111
A reptile in New Zealand has become the proud father of eleven at the age
of 111. Henry, the centenarian Tuatara resides at the Southland Museum and
Art Gallery and was a "grumpy old man" until he had a cancerous tumour
removed from his genitals in 2002. The gallery's Tuatara curator Lindsay
Hazley revealed Henry became less aggressive after the operation and more
keen on the opposite sex.
He was caught getting familiar with a female named Mildred last March.
Lindsay informs us, 'I went off the idea he was good for breeding, but once
the tumour was removed, he was no longer aggressive.'
All's Well That
Ends Well, as Shakespeare would have said.
Toad With Friend
Mr Cheeky Toad
frog walks into a bank to ask for a loan. He steps up to the counter and
asks for an application form from the cashier, Paddy Wack
the frog, 'I'd like to fill out an application for a loan.'
answers cooly, 'Do you have any collateral for this loan; something to stand
against your loan?'
The frog replies amiably, 'All I have is this
statue of a unicorn.'
'Oooh, I don't know,' mutters Paddy Wack, 'I'll
have to check this out with the manager.'
Paddy Wack goes to see the bank
The bank manager looks at the statue and immediately
announces, 'Knick Knack, Paddy Wack. Give the frog a loan.'
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