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All reptiles are cold-blooded vertebrates. They have dry, scaly skin and claws. Their young, either born alive or hatched from eggs laid on land, are air breathers. Listing of protected reptiles
Crocodilians (order Crocodilia) have hard, bony scales on their backs and soft, smooth scales on their bellies. Most are now threatened or endangered despite their 150 million year history.
Lizards (order Squamata, suborder Lacertilia) are very similar to snakes but most have legs, external ear openings, and eyelids.
Turtles (order Testudines) in Florida all belong to the suborder Cryptodira because they can pull their heads directly into their shells.
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