October 21

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Reptile Awareness Day

Reptile Awareness Day, celebrated annually on this day, promotes learning about different types of reptiles, their natural habitats, and the ecological threats they face.

Reptiles are a class of vertebrates that are scaly and cold-blooded and that, with a few exception, lay eggs. They include turtles, terrapins, and tortoises; lizards, snakes, and legless worm lizards; the tuatara of New Zealand; and crocodiles, alligators, gavials, and caimans. There are 6,500-10,000 species of reptiles, which live on every continent except Antarctica.

Learn more about reptiles with these Science NetLinks resources:

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