Lizards & Snakes: Alive!
Educator's Guide

Online Resources

Investigate the diversity and remarkable adaptations of lizards and snakes with this Special Collection of online resources for educators and students.


Science Explorations: Uncover Lizards and Snakes
Activity for grades 3 through 5
Investigate one of the most successful vertebrates on Earth and find out why some species evolved to be without limbs. Then use what you've learned to create a squamate exhibit.
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Leapin' Lizards (SuperScience)
Article for grades 3 through 6
Introduce younger students to squamates and some of scaly lizards and snakes that are part of this group of animals. Then put their exhibit-designing skills to the test.
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Scaly Surprises (Science World)
Article for grades 6 through 10
Did you know that a snake's skin includes see-through scales that cover its eyes. Or that chameleons have sticky tongues to pull in their prey? Examine squamates and their remarkable adaptations.
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Squamate Fun Facts
Article for grades 3 through 12
Did you know that squamates have a third eye? Or that the Gila Monster and the Bearded Lizard are the only two known venomous lizards? Discover more interesting facts about squamates.
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Lizards & Snakes: Alive! Photo Gallery
Exhibition Materials for all ages
What colors is a chuckwallas lizard? How does the pattern on a Gabon viper's skin compare to that on a Burmese python's? See for yourself with this squamate photo gallery.
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Lizards & Snakes: Alive! Coloring Book
Activity for grades Kindergarten through 5
How does a Veiled Chameleon's body resemble its environment? What colors are a Burmese Python's spots? Use what you know about squamates to bring these drawings to life.
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Southwestern Research Station: Animals
Article for grades 3 through 12
Located in one of the most biologically rich environments in the U.S., this year-round field station is operated by the Museum's Center for Biodiversity and Conservation. Survey its research, resources, and local animals.
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Tree of Life
Article for grades 3 through 8
Think of a cladogram as the ultimate family tree. On it, you can see how all living things are related, including the single ancestor they all share. Learn more about Earth's Tree of Life.
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Hall of Biodiversity
Exhibition Materials for all ages
Enter the Museum's Hall of Biodiversity for an eye-opening look at the variety of life on Earth—and the ecological crisis we now face because of vast threats to the planet’s biodiversity.
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Herpetology Department
Evidence and Analysis for all ages
With more than 351,000 specimens, the Museum's collection of amphibians and reptiles ranks among the world's five largest herpetological collections. Survey its research and resources.
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Amphibian Species of the World Database
Evidence and Analysis for all ages
Want to learn more about the world's many amphibians or where you can find a particular species? Browse or search this extensive online catalog that continues to grow with new discoveries.
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