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41 Swamp things Swamps are found in many different parts of the world. They are areas of boggy land covered in still or slowmoving water. Plants and trees grow in and around the swamps, making them an ideal kingdom for reptiles. d mangr ov e na ke s Th eade h g i eb This bite has venom Unlike most venomous snakes, the mangrove snake has fangs at the back of its mouth. This means that it chews and poisons its prey at the same time. th s has jaw ide enough. w e .. or e ven squ irre ls. 42 Swampland swimmers The flexible body of a snake, such as this garter snake, helps to make it a good swimmer.

Prehensile body parts, such as a coiled tail, that are good at gripping on to things. Prey an animal that is hunted and eaten by other animals (predators). Saltwater saltwater habitats are places such as seas, oceans, and river estuaries. Scales the thin, overlapping, waterproof plates that cover a reptile’s skin. Scutes the large, tough, horny scales – such as those on tortoise and turtle shells, snakes’ bellies, and the armored skin of Crocodilians. Senses the five main senses are eyesight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste – but some snakes can also sense heat.

25 Lakes, ponds, and rivers in North America. Tegu lizard pg. 15 Forests and grasslands near to the Amazon and Orinoco rivers in South America. Thorny devil (or moloch) pg. 21 Deserts in western and central Australia. Tokay gecko pg. 28 Forests and human habitats in Southeast Asia. Tuatara pgs. 5, 44, 45 The rocky areas of islands near to New Zealand in the Pacific Ocean. Western diamondback rattlesnake pg. 10 Deserts, scrublands, and dry woodlands in the southern US and northern Mexico. American alligator 47 Index blood, 17, 18, 25, 34 breathing, 32, 33 burrowing, 6, 20, 31 camouflage, 22-23, 29, flippers, 34, 41 33, 43 flying, 26-27, 45 gliding, 26, 27 Chelonia, 4, 32-33 wings, 27, 45 cold-blooded, 4, 5 glands, 19, 25, 34, 38 constrictors, 12-13 salt, 34, 38 courtship, 39, 40 “stink,” 25 bellowing, 39 venom, 19 displaying, 40 heart, 34 Crocodilia, 4, 36-37, heat pits, 8, 9 38-39 defense, 16, 18, 20, 21, jaws, 11, 13, 15, 37, 39, 42 24, 25, 26, 27, 33, 43 markings, 11, 40 dinosaurs, 38, 39, mating, 9, 40 44, 45 mating season, 40 display, 16, 40 meat-eaters defensive, 16 (carnivores), 36, 37 mating, 40 molting, 7 dragons, 16-17, 27 dragon lizards, 16, 17 movement 10 flying, 27 muscles, eggs, 11, 40, 41 10, 18 egg-eating, 11 nests, 41 waterproof, 40, 41 eyes, 8, 9, 30, 45 eyesight, 8, 9, 45 feet, 26, 27, 28 claws, 28 pads, 28 Red-tailed toes, 26, 28 racer neck, 33, 43 stretching, 33, 43 parents, 38, 39, 40, 41 plant-eaters (vegetarians), 14, 15, 35 plates, 6, 33, 37 predators, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 29, 31, 33, 36, 37, 38, 39 prey, 12, 13, 15, 18, 19, 22, 36 ribs, 10, 21 Rhynchocephalia, 5, 44, 45 scales, 6-7, 10, 16, 30, 33 scent, 25 scutes, 33 senses, 8-9 shells, 4, 32, 33, 34 egg shells, 40, 41 skeleton, 4, 10 skin, 4, 6-7, 11, 16, 22, 23, 25, 26 cells, 22 color, 11, 22, 23 flaps, 16, 26 skull, 10, 39 sloughing, 7 spines, 6, 21 crests, 6 Squamata, 4, 10-11 swimming, 38, 43 tail, 20, 25, 27, 28, 31, 34 breaking, 25 coiling, 28 prehensile, 31 teeth, 13, 18, 19, 31, 37, 40, 42 curved, 13 “egg tooth,” 40 fangs, 18, 19, 42 tongue, 9, 14, 15, 38 sticky, 14, 15 venom (poison), 10, 11, 18, 19, 42 spitting, 18, 19 young (babies), 39, 40, 41 hatchlings, 40, 41 live young, 40 Acknowledgments Dorling Kindersley would like to thank: Dorian Spencer Davies for original artwork illustrations, and Rachel Hilford, Sally Hamilton, and Sarah Mills for DK Picture Library research.

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