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Uncover Lizards and Snakes: Learn the Story of Squamates
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Uncover Lizards and Snakes: Learn the Story of Squamates

Meet the squamates — geckos, monitors, vipers, boas, chameleons, and more — a group of reptiles that includes lizards and snakes.

Discover their similarities, differences, and what sets them apart from other animals to create your own scientific investigation.

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Deadly 60: Yellowtail Cribo

Deadly 60: Yellowtail Cribo

It’s not venomous, but the enormous yellowtail cribo snake feeds on any kind of animal that crosses its path in the Amazon. Find out how. More...

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BBC
Meet the Jesus Christ Lizard

Meet the Jesus Christ Lizard

How did the basilisk lizard get its nickname? This flat-footed reptile in Costa Rica is so fast and light it can run across the surface of the water at speeds up to five feet per second. Watch it in action. More...

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National Geographic
Nature’s Perfect Predators: Komodo Dragon

Nature’s Perfect Predators: Komodo Dragon

The Komodo dragon is more vicious than any storybook dragon. Not only are these giant lizards fierce predators, they're also cannibals. More...

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Animal Planet
“Extinct” Pinocchio Lizard Found in Ecuador

“Extinct” Pinocchio Lizard Found in Ecuador

Despite the male's notable nose, no one saw a Pinocchio lizard for 40 years. Scientists thought the species was extinct until one wandered across a road. See its "comeback story." More...

Article
National Geographic
Flying Snakes and Leaping Lizards

Flying Snakes and Leaping Lizards

Watch the action unfold in the treetops of Indonesia as a snake flings itself airborne to catch its prey — and that lizard opens its winglike flaps to make its escape 30 feet away. More...

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National Geographic
Lenny The Lizard: Desert Swarm

Lenny The Lizard: Desert Swarm

One way to control pests in the garden is to employ a predator. Enter Lenny the Lizard. Help him eat as many of the garden intruders as possible — and avoid the bees. More...

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Animal Games Online
Raising Reptiles

Raising Reptiles

It’s not easy to study shy reptiles in nature, but you can safely observe some species as pets. Find out what it takes to raise a reptile and make it feel at home. More...

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education.com
Why Ireland Has No Snakes

Why Ireland Has No Snakes

Geography — not the feats of St. Patrick — are the reason the Emerald Isle is without native snakes. Get the details. More...

Article
RTÉ TV
Colubridae: Pictures

Colubridae: Pictures

Belonging to the largest family of snakes, the colubrids include well more than half the world’s snake species. Take a look at just a couple hundred of them. More...

Images
University of Michigan
European Legless Lizard

European Legless Lizard

This reptile may look like a snake, but it’s the largest lizard of its family, averaging about 2 to 3 feet long. Learn what it can do with its tail, and why it rubs its nose on the ground. More...

Article
Woodland Park Zoo
Fooled by Nature: Garter Snake

Fooled by Nature: Garter Snake

When they awaken for the springtime mating season, some male garter snakes have a certain advantage. Discover how the sense of smell comes into play. More...

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Animal Planet
Gecko Feet

Gecko Feet

Interested in rock climbing, Jennifer and Nooshin researched which lizards do it best. Find out what they learned about an invention modeled on “sticky” gecko feet. More...

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DragonflyTV/PBS
Ms. Adventure: King Snake Mimicry

Ms. Adventure: King Snake Mimicry

Trying to fool predators, the king snake mimics the bright colors of the venomous coral snake. See for yourself and learn a fun rhyme to help you remember which one’s which. More...

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Animal Planet
Researchers Have Mapped the Family Tree of All Known Snake and Lizard Groups

Researchers Have Mapped the Family Tree of All Known Snake and Lizard Groups

Thanks to biologists, the thousands of squamate species — from tiny snakes to the Komodo dragon — have a complete evolutionary family tree. Find out what this means for reptile researchers. More...

Article
Reptiles Magazine
Snakes: Photo Gallery

Snakes: Photo Gallery

From a spitting cobra to a sharply forked tongue to a baby green tree python emerging from its egg, get very close-up looks at some snakes. More...

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National Geographic
Stickiness Goes to the Next Level

Stickiness Goes to the Next Level

Spider-Man might be a misnomer; geckos could be the superheroes of the animal world. Discover why uncovering the source of the gecko's climbing ability could improve the traditional bandage. More...

Article
BBC
The Ultimate Legless Lizard vs. Snake Quiz

The Ultimate Legless Lizard vs. Snake Quiz

It could be easy to mistake a legless lizard for a snake. Take this quiz to see if you know about their shared and unique characteristics. More...

Interactive
How Stuff Works
You Could Hang 40 kg from a Gecko and It Wouldn’t Fall Off the Ceiling

You Could Hang 40 kg from a Gecko and It Wouldn’t Fall Off the Ceiling

Find out how gecko feet stick to basically anything. Then, to find out how scientists are trying to imitate this ability, click the link called "Could Spiderman suits become a reality?" More...

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Institute of Physics

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