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Reptile Vocabulary Terms. Natalie Phelps

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Anapsid
a vertebrate whose skull contains no side openings behind the eyes. The only living examples are turtles.
Amniotic Egg
A shelled, water-retaining egg that enables reptiles, birds, and egg-laying mammals to complete their life cycles on dry land.
Carapace
a bony or chitinous case or shield covering the back or part of the back of an animal (shell of a crab).
Crocodilia
the order of reptilia that contains crocodiles and alligators.
Diapsid
a reptile of a large group characterized by the presence of two temporal openings in the skull, including the lizards, snakes, crocodiles, dinosaurs, and pterosaurs.
Jacobson's organ
sensory receptor found in the top of the mouth that collects particles out of the air allowing lizards & snakes to locate prey and avoid *predator
Reptile
An ectothermic vertebrate that lays eggs and has lungs and scaly skin.
Rhynchocephalia
These are the reptile orders that contain currently living reptiles: Rhynchocephalia, Squamata, Crocodilia, Testudines. Classify tuataras.
Squamata
Lizards and snakes are living members of this lineage.
Synapsid
Group that includes mammals and every other living species more closely related to mammals than other aminotes
Testudinata
Turtles and tortoises are apart of this phylum

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