Reptile Matching

Alligator       Anaconda      Basilisk lizard      Boa      Chameleon      Cobra      Crocodile    

Desert tortoise      Frilled lizard      Gecko      Iguana      Komodo dragon      Leatherback sea turtle    

Python       Rattlesnake      Snapping turtle      Tortoise

1. ____________________     2. ____________________     3. ____________________

4. ____________________     5. ____________________     6. ____________________

7. ____________________     8. ____________________     9. ____________________

10. ___________________    11.____________________    12. ____________________

13. ___________________    14. ____________________   15. ____________________

16. ___________________

1. This reptile is a member of the crocodilian family.  It is the largest reptile in the world.  One of the
    differences between this reptile and its close relative, the alligator, is its snout.  This reptile has a
    pointed snout whereas an alligator has a rounded one.

2. Unlike other lizards, members of this lizard family are vegetarians.  They can grow quite large.  This
    lizard group is found mostly in the Americas.

3. This is the largest lizard on earth! It can only be found on four small islands of Indonesia. The
    saliva of this animal contains deadly bacteria. Even when its victim is able to run away from an
    ambush, the unlucky animal dies hours or days later from the infected wounds.

4. This tortoise lives in deserts. It spends as much as 90% of its lifetime hiding underground. During the
    hot summer months, it stays underground to remain cool. During the cold winter months, it stays
    underground to take a long nap (hibernate).

5. When a predator threatens this Australian lizard, it raises its large frill around its neck, opens its 
    mouth, and makes a hissing sound. All these actions are actually just bluffs! Even though this  
    lizard appears to be dangerous, it is not harmful at all.

6. Members of this nonpoisonous snake family have strong, muscular bodies. They squeeze their prey to
    death before swallowing it whole! They are not boas. One of them is the longest snake in the world!

7. This snake is venomous (poisonous). This snake has dry, scaly rings on the tip of its tail.
    When shaken, its tail makes a buzzing sound.

8. This lizard is named for an imaginary snake-like monster that could kill with its breath or a glance
    from its evil eyes! Despite its scary name, this lizard is actually harmless. It is best known for its
    ability to run on its back legs.


9. This reptile is related to the crocodile. It has a rounded snout. Its lower teeth cannot be seen when this
    animal closes its mouth.

10. This snake is poisonous! Before it attacks, it rears up and spreads its hood. When a "snake charmer"
      plays his flute, this snake rises up from a basket, spreads its hood, and sways with the music.

11. This lizard is a great disguise master! It can change its color to match its surroundings or to reflect 
      its mood. It has a very long tongue - about the same length as its body! When it hunts, it flicks out
      its sticky-tipped tongue to capture prey.

12. This snake lives in the jungles of South America. It usually hides in rivers. When it hunts, it coils its
      powerful, muscular body around its prey and squeezes the victim to death! Although this is the
      heaviest snake in the world, it is not the longest one!

13. This group of freshwater turtles is best known for its bad temper, long neck, and strong jaw. When
      they bite, they do not let go easily!

14. This specific term is used to refer to turtles that live entirely on land. Such turtles have heavier,
      higher domed shells than their water-dwelling cousins.

15. This small, tropical lizard can walk upside down on smooth surfaces without falling. The pads on
      this lizard's feet allow the animal to have a good grip on surfaces even when it is walking upside
      down.

16. This sea turtle is the largest turtle in the world! A grown one can reach 8 feet in length and weigh
      over 1,300 pounds!  Its carapace, or protective hard shell, has a leathery texture.