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Lizards and Snakes: Alive
No puppy dog tails but plenty of squamates (yes, that's the word).
GRADE LEVEL: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12


This online exhibition explores the world of squamates (lizards and snakes) with video, sound, and photographs. It is presented by the American Museum of Natural History in New York in conjunction with museums in Atlanta and San Diego and is a complement to the live exhibit in New York.


The left side navigation menu gives access to the main areas of this well-organized site. Real Player and QuickTime are required.



Students of all ages will enjoy exploring this online exhibit about snakes and lizards. These squamates are found in virtually all parts of the world and include more than 8,000 species. Visitors to the site can learn how some squamates such as chameleons, iguanas, and agama lizards depend on their vision to find food and communicate, while others rely on smell that is collected with their tongues, and others such as geckos and girdled lizards are transitional between the "sight hounds" and the "nose hounds." Listen to such sounds as the rattle of the diamond-backed rattlesnake, the snore of the Eastern hognose snake, the rasp of the Western horned viper, or the bark of the gecko. Additionally, visitors can view the live Lizard Cam to watch a water monitor, check out the gallery to see high-quality photographs of the squamates featured on the site, or learn about squamate anatomy, locomotion, and diet in the Fun Facts section. The Educators Guide has an excellent list of online resources for teaching about lizards and snakes for grades K-12.


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