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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Turtles, snakes, and lizards... Oh My!

As we began our reptile unit, we paused to review and compare what we have learned about mammals, birds, and reptiles. We learned that while mammals and birds are "warm-blooded", reptiles are "cold-blooded" so they rely on their external environment to warm or cool their body temperature. Mammals have live babies while birds and reptiles both lay eggs. Mammals are covered in fur or hair, birds are covered in feathers, and reptiles are covered in scales. The reptile family includes turtles, snakes, lizards, alligators and crocodiles. 
     
Today's class focused on turtles. We spent time examining shells, including a giant sea turtle shell! Some of us even tried on the shell! We met Bubbles the Box Turtle and a male Red-eared Slider and compared the different adaptations each turtle has to thrive in their respective ecosystems.
 
    
Fact or Fable?
Can turtles leave their shells?
Fable! Turtle's shells are attached to their bodies. Their backbones and ribs are actually fused to the inside of their shells! 
We also spent plenty of time outdoors exploring the ponds, hiking, playing games and best of all pretending to be sloths lazily hanging in trees enjoying the warmth of the sun.

Next week will be all about snakes! 

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