Reptiles are often referred to as cold-blooded, but in fact they are 'ectothermic'  They need to get warm before they can be active, so they have to bask in the sun to warm themselves up.

Adder

One of our three native snakes, the adder is the UK’s only venomous snake.  However, they are not aggressive and no one has died from an adder bite...

Common lizard

As its name suggests, the common lizard is the most common reptile in the UK and is Ireland’s only native reptile.

Crocodile

Crocodilians are the closest surviving relatives of the great dinosaurs. They have changed very little during the 150 million years that they have ...

Grass snake

Grass snakes are non-venomous and are normally found near water.  They feed on a wide-ranging diet, but prefer amphibians when they can catch them.

List of Talks

The school talks service is now available again for a limited time for schools within a 30-mile radius of our office in Yeovil. To make a bookin...

Reptiles (British)

Of the four living groups of reptiles, only one, the snakes and lizards is represented in Britain. Reptiles bodies are covered with scales. Lizards...

Sand lizard

Sand lizards are among the UK's rarest reptiles.  They are the only egg-laying lizard species n the UK.

Slow worm

Although it looks a bit like a snake, the slow worm is actually a legless lizard

Smooth snake

The smooth snake is the rarest of the three snake species found in the UK.  It can only be found in isolated areas in a few counties of southern En...

Snake (Black Mamba)

After the king cobra, the black mamba is the longest venomous snake in the world. It is also the fastest-moving snake in the world, reaching up to ...

Snake (Fer de Lance)

The fer-de-lance's name means 'spearhead' in French.  It is the most dangerous snake of Central and South America, and causes more human deaths tha...

Snake (King Cobra)

King cobras are active by day and night, but are rarely seen. They hunt by smell, 'tasting' the air with their forked tongues to track their prey.

Tortoise (Galapagos)

There were originally fifteen different subspecies of Galapagos giant tortoise each evolved to suit the conditions on the different islands.

Turtle (Green)

Green Turtles are found in all the warmer oceans and in the Mediterranean. They have thick, heavy, bony shells, covered in plate-like scales.

Video on food chains

Arthur explains food chains and why removing keystone species like turtles can make a big difference to a marine ecosystem.  Created in collaborati...

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