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We spent the weekend in Florida and took an awesome air boat ride to see if we could find alligators and WE DID! We saw several areas where there were babies and we saw one mother alligator warming herself in the sun! Come learn about these ancient reptiles!


alligator2   Range/Habitat: Southwestern United States/ wetlands, swamps,

rivers,lakes, ponds

   Diet: Carnivore: fish, deer, mammals

   Length/Weight: 9 ½-16 ft/ 200-500 lbs

   Conservation Status: common






Fun Facts:

  • Alligators are large, territorial and fierce reptiles.
  • They have been on the planet for millions of years.
  • Male alligators bellow or roar to attract females.
  • Female alligators lay 25- 60 eggs in a nest build of mud and vegetation.
  • They guard the nest from predators, such as raccoons.
  • When the baby alligators hatch they are all female or male.  The temperature of the nest determines the sex of the babies.
  • The temperature at which their gender is determined is 90 degrees.
  • Once they begin to hatch, the mother helps dig open the nest.
  • She protects them from predators by carrying them around on her head or in her mouth.
  • Baby alligators stay with their moms for around 3 years.

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Alligators are so cool. The males can get up to 1,000 lbs. They get a bad rap, but they really want to mind their own business. Alligators were on the verge of extinction 40 years ago, but with great effort they are thriving in the Southeastern United States! We love a great conservation success story!



It’s World Turtle Day and we’re celebrating our shelled reptile friends with fun facts and photos! Tell us what you love about turtles and tortoises! Check out our coloring sheet after all the fun facts and pictures!

  • Turtles have been on the earth for about 200 million years.
  • Box turtles can live to be over a 100 years old.
  • Turtles live on every continent except Antarctica.


  • There are seven species of sea turtles. The Leatherback is the largest.
  • The top shell is called the carapace and the bottom shell is the called the plastron.


  • Turtles and tortoises are attached to their shells.
  • The shells are part of their skeleton.
  • turtle3The coverings on the top shell are called scutes.
  • Scutes are made up of keratin, the same protein that makes up human hair and nails.
  • Turtles don’t have ears.
  • There are about 250 species of turtles.
  • Some sea turtles can dive as deep as 3,000 feet.
  • Turtles are reptiles.
  • Hatchlings have a special tooth that they use to crack open their eggs.

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Day 29- Web Footed Gecko

Day #29 (3/18/2014) Web Footed Gecko

      We decided to head to Africa for the week! We headed to the Sahara desert on our first day to find a special little reptile. After settling in to camp and making sure all our stuff was bagged up to keep it sand free. We grab our hats, mud sunscreen and binoculars and headed out on today’s adventure! It took us a while to find the Web Footed Gecko, but we did find it!

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       Their range/habitat: Western Southern Africa/desert

      Their length/weight: 4 ¾ -5 ½”  Conservation Status: common

      Their diet: Carnivore: insects

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  • Web Footed Geckos are pink with dark markings.
  • They have webbed feet that helps them run across the sand.
  • Web Footed Geckos have large eyes.
  • They dig long tunnels in the sand for shelter.
  • They drink water that condenses on their skin overnight.
  • Web footed geckos have wide range of vocalizations.

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These teeny little geckos were hard to spot! They blend right in to their desert homes! They have such amazing adaptations for living in a harsh habitat. We sure were tired after spending the day in the hot desert. We were happy that we bought plenty of water and hay snacks.

-Ellie  and Edmond

Day 7- Common Boa

Day #7 (1/14/2014) Common Boa

      We spent our day in the rainforest again. This time we had our guide help us find a reptile. Many of us have seen this snake in zoos and nature centers, but we really want to see one in the wild. It took us quite a while to locate this snake because their camouflage is amazing! We finally spotted one late in the afternoon!

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Their range and habitat: Central-South America/forest, desert, grasslands

Their length:  3 ¼-13 ft  Their status: common

They are carnivores (small mammals, birds)

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Common Boas vary in color depending on their habitat.

They are up to 10 subspecies.

Common boas are excellent climbers.

They are constrictors.

Common boas are nocturnal.

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It was such a fun adventure to look for the common boa today! Trying to spot an animal who has amazing camouflage made for such a great day. You must be on the lookout at all times! We’re glad we spotted one in a tree and not up close. We’re going to end the day with some apple cider and smores at camp!

-Ellie and Edmond



  We’ve got a sea turtle for you today! We left the shell blank so you can make it what species you like! Will you make a Leatherback, Green, Loggerhead, Kemps Ridley, Hawksbill, Olive Ridley or Flatback?

Share your art with us!

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We’re off to woods near our headquarters today! We’re in search of a really cool reptile! We’ll be looking in the local rivers, so grab your wellies and your hats and let’s head out on today’s adventure.

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common snapping turtle3   Range/Habitat: Central-Eastern North America-Central America/

   wetlands, rivers

   Diet: Omnivore: small mammals, fish, plants, invertebrates

   Length: 10-18”

   Conservation Status: common


Fun Facts:

  •          Common snapping turtles have large heads.
  •          Their carapaces are often covered in algae.
  •          Common snapping turtles often lie on the bottom of a body of water buried in the mud.
  •          The actively forage for food or they ambush prey using a small appendage in their mouth as a lure.
  •          Common snapping turtles are very territorial.

Common snapping turtles are smaller than their larger alligator snapping turtle cousins. They are pretty sneaky when they lay on the bottom on the river waiting for prey to come swimming by! SNAP!!

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We’re off to Africa today to meet a very intimidating snake. Pack your gear and your passport and let’s load up the E & E safari van. Don’t forget your long lens for your camera and your binoculars, because we are staying in the vehicle to find this animal!

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red spitting cobra   Range/Habitat: Northeast Africa/ grasslands, desert

   Diet: Carnivore: small mammals

   Length: 28-47”

   Conservation Status: common


Fun Facts:

  •          Red spitting cobras will shoot venom if they are threatened.
  •          They can shoot the venom up to 6 ½ ft away.
  •          Red spitting cobras’ venom can cause blindness.
  •          Red spitting cobras are nocturnal.
  •          They have narrow hoods.
  •          Red spitting cobras have a black band of color across their necks.

Red spitting cobras are definitely amazing. They are also a snake that needs respect! We’ll give them that respect from at least 20 ft away!

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Happy Reptilian Tuesday! We’ve backed our bags and heading back to the U.S. to a desert habitat. Grab your sunscreen and your sunglasses and hats and let’s go find today’s reptile friend!

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desert horned lizard   Range/Habitat: Southwestern U.S.A.

   Diet: Carnivore: ants, insects

   Length: 3-5 ¼”

   Conservation Status: common



Fun Facts:

  •          Desert Horned lizards have excellent camouflage.
  •          They have “horns” or pointy scales on their head and neck.
  •          Desert horned lizards have round shaped bodies and are nicknamed Horned Toads.
  •          They can remain motionless for long periods in order to protect themselves.
  •          They can also inflate themselves with air if attacked by a predator.
  •          Desert horned lizards hibernate in the winter.

Desert horned lizards have some great defense mechanisms. They look like mini dinosaurs if you ask us! If they only had some feathers too!

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We’re going to Baja. California today to meet a cute little reptile! They look like a lizard that we know well. These little lizards hide under vegetation and rocks, so we’ll have to use our best observation skills. We’re excited to take a road trip and find a new friend! Who is ready to join us?

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pink tailed skink    Range/Habitat: Mexico-Baja California/ forests, suburbs

    Diet: Carnivore: insects, spiders

    Length: 6 ½-8”

    Conservation Status: common


Fun Facts:

  •          Pink tailed skinks are also known as the San Lucas skink.
  •          They have a bright pink tails as juveniles. The tails dull in color as they get older.
  •          Pink tailed skinks are brown with cream stripes on their backs.
  •          Pink tailed skinks can lose their tail if caught by a predator.
  •          Female pink tailed skinks lay eggs and stay with them until the babies hatch.

Pink tailed skinks look very much like the blue tailed skinks that live in our area. They are very fast little reptiles! We love trying to find them basking in the sun! Do you have any small lizards living in your neighborhood?

(We could one get one picture of this little guy)



 We’re off to Africa today to meet a breakfast tortoise! Hahaha- ok they won’t be making us breakfast and we’ll not be eating with them but they are quiet flat!  Flat you say? Flat! Come meet…

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   Range/Habitat: E Africa (Tanzania/Kenya)/rocky outcrops and savannas

   Diet: Herbivore: grasses, leaves, fruit

   Length/Weight: 5 ½”-7”/ 1 lb

   Conservation Status: Vulnerable




Fun Facts:

  • Pancake Tortoises have flat carapaces (top shell) that are flexible. This is a very unusual adaptation.
  • Pancake tortoises can squeeze into narrow crevices. This helps protect them from predators.
  • They don’t move to far from their shelter.
  • Pancake tortoises are actually quick and agile climbers.
  • They live in small colonies and share their shelters.
  • They can live up to 25 years old.
  • Pancake tortoises are crepuscular (most active at dusk and dawn).

Pancake tortoises are really neat little tortoises with their flat shells and ability to climb. And they have pancake in their name and who doesn’t love pancakes!

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