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Question Set: Reptiles

NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:

  1. Reptiles
    1. What are the five major modern reptile groups?
    2. Using your own words, describe the features that distinguish each group.
    3. Why are birds considered to be a reptile group?
    4. What common features do all reptiles share?
  2. For millions of years, reptiles dominated life on land as the top predators. What adaptations made reptiles so successful on land compared to earlier groups of vertebrate animals?
  3. Excluding birds, reptiles have been successful in colonizing almost all temperate and tropical habitats. What limits the success of reptiles in polar and alpine habitats?
  4. Reptile development
    1. How are reptile eggs different from amphibian and fish eggs?
    2. What is the significance of this difference in egg anatomy?

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