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Further Investigations: Reptiles

  1. Prepare a list of reptile species for the area around your school. Use the Internet and library to learn what species occur there.
    1. Categorize the species into the major reptile groups: snakes, lizards, and crocodilians.
    2. Are any of these species non-native to your region? Invasive?
       
  2. Investigate the history of the brown tree snake (Boiga irregularis) in Guam.
    1. What is the natural range for this species?
    2. When and how did it arrive in Guam?
    3. What effect has this species’ introduction had on native biota?
    4. What efforts are underway to control the brown tree snake in Guam?
       
  3. Use Internet and library resources to investigate extinct groups of marine reptiles.
    1. What did these extinct marine reptiles look like?
    2. What did they eat?
    3. What are some possible explanations for the extinction of these species?
       
  4. The dinosaurs are an extinct group of reptiles that dominated life on land during the Mesozoic Era, approximately 252 to 66 million years ago. However, other groups of reptiles thrived in Earth’s aquatic environments. Use library and Internet resources to investigate the diversity of extinct groups of aquatic reptiles such as ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs, and mosasaurs.

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Exploring Our Fluid Earth, a product of the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG), College of Education. University of Hawaii, 2011. This document may be freely reproduced and distributed for non-profit educational purposes.