January 27th, 2013
Traditionally, reptiles are members of the class Reptilia comprising the amniotes that are neither birds nor mammals.(The amniotes are the vertebrates with eggs featuring an amnion, a double membrane that permits the embryo to breathe effectively on land.) Living reptiles, in that sense, can be distinguished from other tetrapods in that they are cold-blooded and bear scutes or scales. The most common reptiles include alligators, crocodiles, lizards, snakes, tortoises and turtles. Reptiles are air-breathing animals, although many live not only on land but in water. The most noticeable feature of reptiles are the scales that cover their body. The majority of reptiles lay eggs to give birth to their young.
Sideview of A Walking Turkish Tortoise by Tracey Harrington-Simpson
Portrait of a Young Wild Tortoise by Tracey Harrington-Simpson
Young Tortoise Emerging From Its Shell by Tracey Harrington-Simpson
Young Spur Thighed Tortoise Looking Out of Its Shell by Tracey Harrington-Simpson
Land Turtle Hiding In Its Shell by Tracey Harrington-Simpson
Tortoise Portrait In Macro by Tracey Harrington-Simpson