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Amphibians and reptiles

Reptiles and amphibians hold a great fascination for many of us, from children collecting frog spawn to Harry Potter fighting the Basilisk. Read more about the curious lives of our native species of amphibian and reptile.

Palmate Newt. ŠLorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

Differences between reptiles and amphibians

Though often grouped together, amphibians and reptiles are quite different. Find out more about their differences and distinctions.

The common frog - Puddock in Scots - is our most familar amphibian. Its long back legs are ideal for swimming and, of course, hopping. ŠLaurie Campbell/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

Amphibians

Frogs, toads and newts are equally at home in water and on land. Find out about Scotland's species and how they live.

Common Lizard. ŠLaurie Campbell/SNH.  For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

Reptiles

Scotland is home to both snakes and lizards. We are also visited by a range of ocean wandering sea turtles. Explore the secretive world of our reptiles.



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