Here is information about reptiles that illustrates the huge diversity that can be found in the animal kingdom. You will find in this article some interesting facts about reptiles and their behavior.
It is surprising to know that over 8,000 species of reptiles live on the planet, and they live on every continent except Antarctica, because this place is too cold for them. The vast majority of reptiles are very poorly tolerate cold except for the Blanding’s turtle (Emydoidea blandingii) that can sometimes swim under the ice in the Great Lakes region of the United States.
Reptiles are among the species that live the longest.
For example the large turtles like Aldabra turtle can easily live up to 150 years. The Alligator can live nearly 70 years and finally the python, a popular pet, can live up to 40 years.
The majority of snakes living on earth are not venomous. This represents nearly two-thirds of the population. In fact, there are 500 species of poisonous snakes and among these, there are only 30 or 40 species that are considered dangerous to humans. In other words, less than 2% of all snakes living on the planet are considered dangerous to humans. Surprisingly, there are more Americans who die each year from bee stings than from snake bites.
Some reptiles like the snake can wait months without feeding.
This is especially true for big snakes like the anaconda and reticulated python. Snakes are more likely to eat large meals compared to their body size. They have a much slower metabolism than humans, which explains in part why they can stay for long periods without feeding.
Reptiles are cold-blooded animals, which does not mean necessarily that their blood is cold, but they are rather ectoderms, which means they will get their body heat from external sources such as the sun . By cons, they can regulate their body temperature like humans.
Finally, reptiles such as snakes will use their tongue to capture odor particles. They do not have the opportunity to smell using their nose, but rather by identifying the different particles using an organ called Jacobson, who will serve them to decipher the air around them. This is how they are going to hunt for food.
You will find many other information on the CLANIMAL website about reptiles for pet and a lot of fans who will probably advise you on the type of reptile that will suit you best as a pet.