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Identifies physical characteristics, adaptations, and survival tactics of various kinds of reptiles. Segment 1, Snakes: Describes how snakes move, eat, and reproduce. Segment 2, Crocodilians: Compares and contrasts alligators and crocodiles. Segment 3, Lizards: Looks at some unique physical adaptations of various lizards, such as basilisk lizard, Komodo dragon, Gila monster, and chameleon. Includes suggested classroom activities after each segment.
Examines the primary characteristics of reptiles through narration, song, and close-up photography. Points out differences between animals within the species. Labels identify key words.
Chris Raxworthy is a herpetologist at the American Museum of Natural History. In this episode, he answers students' questions about the various animals found in Cuba. Part of the "Ask a Scientist About" series.
David Ray never turns his back on his research, and with good reason. Ray and his team study alligators, crocodiles, and bats. With support from the National Science Foundation, this multidisciplinary team from several universities is mapping crocodile and alligator genomes. Reptiles resembling these have existed for around 80 million years and they are among the first reptiles to have their DNA sequenced. The research will expand knowledge beyond crocodilians to other reptiles, birds, and even dinosaurs.
Explore the narrator’s backyard to get an up-close look at some scaled friends. Students will learn about the characteristics of reptiles. Animals discussed include turtles, snakes, and lizards. Part of the "Everyday Science for Preschoolers" series.
The discovery of Archaeopteryx in a quarry in Germany in the early 1860s provided the first clue that birds descended from reptiles. In the last 40 years, scientists have identified many shared features between birds and two-legged carnivorous dinosaurs called theropods.
Students learn the unique features of reptiles by viewing footage of snakes, lizards, and turtles in their natural habitats. Concepts and terminology include cold-blooded, scales, shell, and eggs.
Host Emily Graslie travels to an unstudied rain forest. While there, she helps a team of scientists document the reptiles and amphibians they find during night excursions. Part of "The Brain Scoop" series.
When pterosaurs first took flight, it may have marked the beginning of the end for the winged reptiles. Some evidence gathered suggests that the power of flight led to evolutionary changes in the reptiles, which may have ultimately led to their downfall. Part of the "Eons" series.
Features a wide variety of video footage, photographs, diagrams and colorful, animated graphics and labels. Begins with a simple definition, and this helps clarify pronunciation and provides opportunities to transfer words from working to long-term memory. Also concludes with a critical thinking question. For this particular clip, students will focus on reptile.
What's the difference between a venom and a poison? Host Emily Graslie highlights some cool reptiles and amphibians and discusses how they use their natural toxins to stay ahead in the evolutionary arms race. Part of "The Brain Scoop" series.
In this episode, host Emily Graslie highlights a few snake specimens. They were donated to the museum by Edward Harrison Taylor. He was a scientist that studied reptiles and amphibians, but he also moonlighted as a spy for the United States government. Part of "The Brain Scoop" series.
The search is on for a legendary Australian snake that ancient stories describe as the creator the earth. Segment of video from Wild Chronicles Series.
Sea turtles face a treacherous journey on the beach and in the ocean. This animated tale explains their life cycle. Their journey is filled with threats from both animals and humans.
The marine reptiles Ichthyosaurs arose after the Great Dying, which wiped out at least 90 percent of life in the oceans. This event changed the seas forever and triggered a new evolutionary arms race between predator and prey. Part of the “Eons” series.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) conducts research on the Mojave Desert Tortoise, and part of the research includes ensuring the survival of the species. This short clip depicts the hatching on new Mojave Desert Turtles.
Insects can be found in baking deserts, lush rainforests, and all points in between. For most, their size seems insignificant; however, the influence insects have on the planet is immense. They make it possible for reptiles, amphibians, and mammals to exist. Part of the "Nature's Microworlds: Insect Specials" series.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) conducts research on the desert tortoise in the Mojave Desert with the hopes of allowing the species to recover and escape the threat of extinction.
Around the globe, unique species face extinction from hunting and habitat destruction. George, a Pinta Island tortoise from the Galapagos Islands, is the very last of his kind. Other species were on their way to joining George as the last of their kind--until help arrived.
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