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Reptilia (Reptiles)

  1. Michael J Benton

Published Online: 23 SEP 2005

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0004126



How to Cite

Benton, M. J. 2005. Reptilia (Reptiles). eLS. .

Author Information

  1. University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 SEP 2005


Reptiles are a diverse group of vertebrates, including turtles, crocodiles, lizards and snakes, as well as the extinct dinosaurs, pterosaurs, plesiosaurs and ichthyosaurs. Reptiles lay cleidoic eggs (adapted to dry land), and they include the ancestors of birds and mammals.


  • reptiles;
  • lizards;
  • snakes;
  • turtles;
  • crocodiles;
  • dinosaurs;
  • ectothermy