Amphibian Vs. Reptile

By: Ashleigh Fuller and Maren Bryan

Characteristics of a Reptile

  • Reptiles have scales.
  • Some reptiles can live on land, while others live in water.
  • Most reptiles lay eggs, while some reptiles have live births.
  • Examples" Crocodiles, snakes, and lizards
  • Modes of defense are nails and teeth. Also, their tough skin acts as an armor to physically defend the body.
  • Most say reptiles have a three chamber heart structure, however some argue they have a 4 chamber heart structure.
  • Usually reptiles have 4 limbs, however some species such as snakes, have no limbs.
  • Internal fertilization.

Characteristics of an Amphibian

  • Amphibians has soft, slimy skin.
  • Amphibians start their life on water, then live on land.
  • Amphibians lay soft eggs.
  • Amphibians use gills to breathe.
  • Amphibians can breathe through their skin.
  • Examples: Frogs, toads, newts, salamanders.
  • Modes of defense are toxic skin secretions and biting.
  • 3 chamber heart structure.
  • Short forelimbs, long hind limbs.
  • External fertilization

Characteristics of both Amphibians and Reptiles

  • Both amphibians and reptiles have a backbone or skeleton.
  • They are both "Cold blooded", meaning their body temperature changes with their surroundings.
  • They both use their lungs to breathe.


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