Is a Bird a Reptile?


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A bird is not a reptile. With the exception of some extinct species, reptiles are cold blooded and have scutes or scales, while a bird is warm blooded with feathers. Like birds, many species of reptiles lay eggs, but snakes and lizards give birth to their offspring.

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Reptiles generally inhabit desert areas, and they do not exist at all in Antarctica. As of June 2014, one-third of the species is threatened with extinction.

The largest reptile in North America is the American alligator, whose form has not changed in its 200-million-year history. It is generally found in small bodies of water, lakes, rivers or freshwater swamps and marshes.

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