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Curriculum Materials

Lizards & Snakes: Alive! Glossary

What are squamata? Why is the term "cold-blooded" incorrect? And how does chemoreception work? Find out with this glossary—from "adaptation" to "vertebrate."

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Lizards & Snakes Booklist for Kids

Want to learn more about the legged and legless lizards known as squamates? You'll find everything from colorful field guides to tales of unusual behavior in this list of kid-friendly titles.

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

The World Through a Bat's Ears

This 10th-grader from New York first became fascinated with bats when she observed their "magical movements" in Israel's Negev Desert as a young child. Trek with her to Ontario to study their behavioral ecology.

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Lizards & Snakes Online Resources

Search a database with more than 8,300 reptile species. Learn about amphibian biology and conservation. Review the evolutionary history of squamates. And find hands-on science activities.

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GOLD Online Resources

Explore the McLaughlin gold mine in Northern California. See the first metal coins, which were created in the Middle East around 600 BC. And investigate the properties of gold.

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Interactive

What's This?

Put your viewing skills to the test—and explore the Museum's Frozen Tissue Collection—with this mystery photo challenge.

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Interactive

What's This?

Can you tell the difference between a leech's jaw and its back sucker? Test your knowledge of these blood-thirsty worms.

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Hands-on Activity

Make a Terrarium

For billions of years the greenhouse effect has made life possible on Earth. Build a terrarium—your own miniature greenhouse—to see this process at work. 

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