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Reptiles & Amphibians

Reptiles and amphibians are cold-blooded vertebrates. They are sometimes called herps.

Because reptiles and amphibians are cold-blooded, they must to bask in the sun to keep warm. Reptiles spend most of their time on land, whereas amphibians live both on land and in the water.

Hundreds of reptiles and amphibians live in the Chesapeake Bay region: from the frogs and salamanders that dwell along mountainous streams to the sea turtles that visit the Bay's salty mouth.

Click on the images below to learn about some of the reptiles and amphibians that live in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Amphibians have moist, absorbent, scale-less skin. Frogs, toads, newts and salamanders are all amphibians. Amphibians are very sensitive to environmental changes, making them excellent indicators of an ecosystem's health.

Reptiles have scaly skin that helps them retain water. While many reptiles spend most of their time on land, some species live in or near the water. Snakes, turtles and lizards are all reptiles.

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