Anoles, Quails, and Maybe Cattails


Many people have been amazed by the diversity of reptiles. This is because reptiles are a beautiful, diverse group of animals that have scaly skin, and are cold blooded. Although many reptiles lay eggs, some, like the Blue Tougued Skink, give birth to live young instead.
Reptiles such as various lizards, turtles & tortoises, and snakes can be found all over the world, and vary in size, color, behaviour and shape.

Reptiles in the Wild

What To Do if You Find a Reptile in the Wild

If you see a reptile in the wild, and it is not injured, you may observe it quietly, but other than that, leave it alone. Reptiles carry a large amount of diseases and parasites that can be passed to humans and pets, and handling reptiles causes unneeded stress for the animal. In addition, some reptiles may be venemous, (milksnakes) have strong painful bites, (snapping turtle) or even a painful mixture of both (the beautiful Gila Monster). So, unless you are a wildlife professional, avoid handling reptiles.

Helping Turtles & Tortoises Cross The Road

Although you should avoid handling reptiles, there are some exceptions. One exception is that of helping turtles and tortoises to cross the road. As long as there is no traffic, or very little, helping a turtle or tortoise to cross the road is perfectly fine. (Try to avoid handling snapping turtles though, instead use a stick to gently encourage it to cross.) IMPORTANT: Always carry the turtle to the side it was trying to cross to. If you put them back where they started, they will just try to cross again.

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