Reptiles

Reptiles are cold-blooded vertebrates with dry skin thats covered with scales or bony plates. 
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Terrapin | The Salt Marsh
Terrapin | The Salt Marsh

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The upper surface of the terrapin's shell, called the carapace, is formed of 13 plates, or scutes. Each scute is roughly circular and grooved with rings. Since one ring is formed each year, the age of...
Alligators | The Salt Marsh
Alligators | The Salt Marsh

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Alligators are not normally found in brackish or salt water, although they do occasionally swim there. They much prefer freshwater and must return to it to drink. They can reach 19 feet in length, but...
Brodie, Laura | South Carolina Public Radio
Brodie, Laura | South Carolina Public Radio

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"B" is for Brodie, Laura (1908-2004). Herpetologist. Born on a farm in Lexington County, Brodie began collecting snakes and frogs as a young child. By her teens she had converted an outbuilding into...
Pritchard's Island - Nature Reserve | 27:Fifty
Pritchard's Island - Nature Reserve | 27:Fifty

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Pritchard’s Island, which is off the coast of Beaufort, South Carolina, is one of hundreds of barrier reef islands scattered along the entire southeastern coast. Pritchard’s Island is only accessible...
Big Bend Tree Lizard | Expeditions Shorts
Big Bend Tree Lizard | Expeditions Shorts

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Patrick McMillan visits the sunny, rocky slopes of Jeff Davis County, Texas, where he shows us the Big Bend Tree Lizard. This lizard is a subspecies of tree lizard, and they are described as “ornate”...
Giant Sacaton Grass | Expeditions Shorts
Giant Sacaton Grass | Expeditions Shorts

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Here at Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch in Arizona, Patrick McMillan and Linda Kennedy talk about Giant Sacaton Grass, which makes a great habitat for sparrows, and diamond-back rattlesnakes.
Northern Pine Snake | Expeditions Shorts
Northern Pine Snake | Expeditions Shorts

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In the Francis Marion National Forest, Patrick McMillan shows a rather uncommon species of snake found in this area: the Northern Pine Snake. The dark patterns found on the top of the snake blend in...
Savannah River Site (S.C.) Stop 5 - Rainbow Bay
Savannah River Site (S.C.) Stop 5 - Rainbow Bay

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This area is known as a “dry wetland” Here, Button bush, and Red maple trees thrive here. Under a nearby wooden board, Rudy and Jim find a Mole salamander, and a Ring-Neck snake. And in a nearby tree...