Reptiles Facts for Kids – 5 Rich Facts about Reptiles

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What do you think we have in common with reptiles? Let’s discover five rich reptiles facts for kids!

Reptiles Facts for Kids Fact Number 1: Reptiles Use The Sun to Keep Warm

Most reptiles are cold-blooded, which means their body heat does not come from their blood. Reptiles use the sun to get warm and if they are too warm they use shade, water, or mud to cool down. Animals which use external factors to determine their temperature are called ectotherms. 

People who have reptiles as pets keep them in a terrarium with a heat lamp which allows them to stay warm or cool whenever they need to.

Reptiles Facts for Kids Fact Number 2: Reptiles Have Scales

Reptiles are easy to spot because of their skin, which is made up of scales. All reptiles have scales and they have them to help them survive in the wild. Scales protect reptiles from the sun drying them out as they have to spend so much time in the sun. Their scales can also protect them from predators like armour to stop claws or teeth. The scales of reptiles are made from a protein called keratin. Humans also use keratin as it is the protein which forms your hair and nails.

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Reptiles Facts for Kids Fact Number 3: The Brookesia Nana Is The Smallest Reptile in The World

The Brookesia nana is a type of chameleon lizard, it is so small that it is also called the ‘nano-chameleon’. This tiny chameleon does not change colour like some chameleons do, instead it is a light brown colour. This little reptile has only been recently found, it was discovered in Northern Madagascar in 2021. The Brookesia nana is around 1 inch in length, which is around the length of two fingernails. What a tiny little reptile.

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Reptiles Facts for Kids Fact Number 4: The Saltwater Crocodile Is The Largest Reptile in The World

Male saltwater crocodiles have been measured at 23 feet long. That’s the same length as three and a half beds all lined up. These crocodiles are also very heavy with some weighing over 2000 pounds. They live in Australia, Asia, and Eastern India. These massive creatures can live to be 70 years old and have around 66 teeth in their jaws. What a huge reptile!

Reptiles Facts for Kids Fact Number 5: The Oldest Living Land Animal in The World Is a Reptile

Animals live for different amounts of time based on different factors including how well they survive in their habitat, the animal which seems to have figured out how to live the longest is the Seychelles Giant Tortoise. The oldest living land animal on Earth is a Seychelles giant tortoise whose name is Jonathan the Giant Tortoise.

Jonathan was hatched around 1832 which means in 2022 he turned 190 years old. He is currently living in Saint Helena where he has lived since 1882. There are some Seychelles Giant Tortoises which have been reported as living more than 200 years. That’s a long life for a tortoise.

We hope you enjoyed learning more things about reptiles as much as we loved teaching you about them. Now that you know how majestic these animals are, you can move on to learn about other animals like: Invertebrates and Jellyfish.  

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