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alligator a large reptile with short legs, a long body and tail, and a long, wide snout. Alligators are protected by thick skin with many hard bumps. They live in rivers, lakes, swamps, and other bodies of water in the southeast United States and in China. They usually eat insects, fish, turtles, snakes, birds, and other water animals, but have been known to attack small land mammals. They are closely related to crocodiles. Chinese alligators are endangered because their habitat is being changed by people.
caiman a large reptile that is related to the crocodile and alligator. Caimans live in tropical areas of North and South America.
crocodile a large reptile that is found in tropical swamps. It has a thick, tough skin, a long tail, and a long, pointed snout.
crocodilian a reptile of the group that includes the crocodile. Alligators and caimans are crocodilians.
egg1 a round or oval object that contains what may become a young bird, reptile, insect, or other animal. Each egg includes food to help a developing animal grow. Bird and reptile eggs have shells. Some kinds of eggs are used as food by people and other animals. [1/2 definitions]
Gila monster a large, poisonous reptile that lives in the southwestern part of the United States and in Mexico. This lizard has a short tail and scales in patterns of black with orange, yellow, or pink.
lizard a reptile with rough, scaly skin, four legs, and a long tapering tail.
plesiosaur an extinct marine reptile with limbs like paddles, a large flattened body, and a short tail. The plesiosaur lived millions of years ago.
pterodactyl a flying reptile that lived at the same time as dinosaurs. Pterodactyls had wings covered with skin. Some were huge and glided over the oceans and caught fish. They became extinct over sixty-five million years ago.
snake a long, narrow reptile that has scales but no legs. [1/3 definitions]
turtle a reptile with a soft body covered by a hard shell that lives in water or on land. A turtle pulls its head, legs, and tail into its shell for protection.