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Reptiles are air-breathing, cold-blooded vertebrates that have skin covered in scales as opposed to hair or feathers. They are tetrapods (having or having descended from vertebrates with four limbs) and amniotes, whose embryos are surrounded by an amniotic membrane. Modern reptiles inhabit every continent with the exception of Antarctica.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia

Garter Snakes Are Friendly: From the roadside a large female garter snake, frequently called a "striped snake," moved quickly away, while near where she had been a half-hundred diminutive garters scurried off in various directions.

Nip and Tuck: Now the animal life of Minnesota can rank with the many-headed dragons in China and the tri-headed Hydras in Crete. Our unsung monstrosity is a two-headed turtle.