Top 10 reptiles factsReptiles quiz
What causes a sea turtle to be born male or female?
Temperature. The sex of most turtles, alligators, and crocodiles is determined after fertilization. The temperature of the developing eggs is what decides whether the offspring will be male or female. This is called temperature-dependent sex determination, or TSD.
Which sea turtles are the deepest divers?
Leatherback turtles are one of the deepest diving marine animals. Individuals have been recorded diving to depths as great as 1,280 meters (4,200 ft). Such depths are unreachable for turtles with hard shells, as these would have been crushed by the pressure.
Which reptiles roar?
Crocodiles have vocal cords in the larynx and are the only reptiles able to produce guttural roars.
If sleeping through the winter is hibernation, what is sleeping through the summer?
Estivation is a state of animal dormancy, similar to hibernation, that is entered in response to high temperatures and arid conditions. Many air-breathing land snails commonly estivate during periods of heat. Animals that aestivate include North American desert tortoises, crocodiles, salamanders, African lung fish and dwarf lemurs.
This is thorny devil, a lizard famous for its fearsome appearance. Where does it live in the wild?
Australia. The desert-dwelling thorny devil is harmless to all except ants. The animal also features a spiny "false head" on the back of its neck, presented to potential predators by dipping its real head. It may be found in the western Australia.
What animal is that?
Crocodile. When the crocodile's mouth is closed, the large fourth tooth in the lower jaw fits into a constriction in the upper jaw. For hard-to-distinguish specimens, the protruding tooth is the most reliable feature to define a species
Which turtles are the biggest?
Leatherback. The leatherback sea turtle, the only extant member of the family Dermochelyidae, is the largest of all living turtles and is the fourth largest modern reptile behind three crocodilians. In the Caribbean, the mean size of adults was reported at 384 kg (850 lb) in weight. The largest ever found weighed 916 kilograms (2,020 lb).
Where do gharials live?
In the Ganges River. The gharial (Gavialis gangeticus), also known as the gavial, and the fish-eating crocodile, is a crocodilian of the family Gavialidae, native to the northern part of the Indian Subcontinent. It is harmless to humans.
What does the name black mamba come from?
From the black color of the inside of the mouth. Black mamba is the largest venomous snake in Africa with a length of up to 4.5 m. Its name comes from the black color of the inside of the mouth and tongue. The color of the snake's skin varies from olive to brown to black.