The Study of Animals Part 8

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Posted on May 29 2014 - 1:00am by Misty Leask
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Do you know how to tell the difference between an amphibian and a reptile? While they may seem similar, they really do not have many similarities when you take a closer look.

For most animals it is easy to see the different characteristics, looking at a bird and a fish you can see that one has wings and the other has fins.

Reptiles and amphibians share one similarity, they are cold blooded, but beyond that they are very different.

The Study of Animals Part 8: Is It A Reptile Or An Amphibian? - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Let’s take a peek a look at some of the differences between them.

Reptiles vs. Amphibian Characteristics

  • A reptile has dry, rough, thick, and scaly skin while amphibians’ skin tends to be slimy, moist and smooth.
  • Amphibians that lay eggs lay them in the water and reptiles lay their eggs on land.
  • Reptile’s eggs have a skin that matches their grown skin, it is leathery and tough.
  • The eggs of amphibians dry out if not left in water and are liken to jelly.
  • Some reptiles have claws, amphibians do not have claws.
  • Amphibians are not born with lungs, they develop them as they grow, while reptiles are born with lungs.
  • Reptiles tend to be land animals and amphibians prefer the water.
  • Amphibians go through the process of metamorphosis, look at the life of the frog for a great example.

I hope that you enjoy the copywork, coloring and fun worksheets that I’ve created to go along with this lesson.

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You can find my past lessons on The Study of Animals here.

Next month we’ll be looking at birds and mammals!

Until then…have fun learning!




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