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Introduction to Reptiles

By

Roger J. Klingenberg

, DVM

Last full review/revision Jul 2011 | Content last modified Nov 2016

Reptiles can be easily recognized by their horny or scaly skin. The class Reptilia has 4 orders: Rhynchocephalia, in which the sole species is the tuatara (a reptile that looks like an iguana but does not belong to the iguana family and is found only on islands off New Zealand); Crocodilia, which includes alligators, caimans, crocodiles, and gavials (a crocodile-like reptile native to India, Borneo, and Sumatra); Chelonia, which contains tortoises and turtles; and Squamata, which contains lizards and snakes.

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