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.


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.


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

Evolution and inheritance: Year 6

This set of lesson plans covers the topic of Evolution and inheritance for the Year 6 Science Curriculum.  It helps to simplify this challenging to...

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 available in person for schools within a 30-mile radius of our office in Yeovil OR on Zoom, Teams etc. for schools anyw...

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 in the UK.

Science Cross-Curricular Pack

At YPTE, we believe that young people need accurate information about how human actions can impact our planet. By inspiring pupils to care for the ...

Slow worm

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

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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