For Educators: Hall of Reptiles and Amphibians
Can you spot the difference between a reptile and an amphibian egg? Learn how with this kid-friendly guide to our hall of cold-blooded vertebrates and their habits, behavior, and adaptations.
More Resources for Educators
Use these free online resources before or after your visit to further explore themes presented in the Hall of Reptiles and Amphibians.
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.
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.
What are squamata? Why is the term "cold-blooded" incorrect? And how does chemoreception work? Find out with this glossary—from "adaptation" to "vertebrate."
Article, Hands-on Activity
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.
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.