Traits of Reptiles and Amphibians

Reptiles

  • Reptiles are vertebrates. They have backbones.
  • Their bodies are completely covered with scales.
  • They are cold-blooded.
  • Reptiles produce shelled eggs or bear live young.
  • All species fertilize eggs internally.
  • All species of reptiles have at least one lung.

Amphibians

  • Amphibians are vertebrates.
  • Their skin is smooth and slimy.
  • Amphibians breath through their skin, as well as their lungs in some cases.
  • Amphibians are cold-blooded.
  • They have a complex life cycle (larval and adult stages).
  • Many species of amphibians vocalize. One example is the chorus frog.
  • Some species fertilize eggs externally, some internally.