In honor of our Author Visit with David Nieves November 17, 2009 Colton Sara Kinley Daniel Bryce Joseph Valorie Maggie Helena John Ethan Sally Simon Jacqui Ethen Megan Conner Zane Paola Kambri
A It lives in southeastern United States in swamps, marshes, ponds, lakes, streams and rivers. Is for American Alligator American Alligators are carnivores, so it eats fish, snails, crustaceans, birds, and mammals. Male American alligators can get up to 15 feet long but females can only get 8 feet long. It has slit cat like eyes, walks on all four feet, and doesn’t use its claws to attack. Scientific name- alligator mississippiensis means alligator from the Mississippi River. By: Joseph
Bis for Blue Beauty Snake Information About… The Blue Beauty Snake is found in the rainforest of Vietnam in the southeast. The Blue Beauty Snake eats lizards, birds, and rodents. Interesting Facts… The Blue Beauty Snake is nonvenomous, slender and can grow up to 9 feet in length. When they hatch their colors are green, black, white, and yellow. But when adults they are blue, gray black, and white. The Blue Beauty Snakes green and yellow slowly change into blue and gray, when it is two years old. By Kinley
Cis for Corn Snake They got their name because they have skin that looks like maize. Corn Snakes live in North America. Corn Snakes like overgrown fields to live in. Corn Snakes eat chickens and rats. It’s a red or orange snake with gentle disposition. By Conner
The lizard has a distinctive flat-body with one row of fringed scales down their sides.
The lizard eats ants, beetles and, spiders. The lizard eats some plant material.
E is for Egyptian Tortoise The Egyptian tortoise is the smallest tortoise in the northern hemisphere. Their color is usually Toory to a pale gold. It has two like triangular shape on its belly, They usually live in the deserts and semi-arid habitats. They eat mostly like fruits and grass. Its real name is the Kleinmann's tortoise. By Colton By Colton
Fis for Frilled Lizard Looks: The lizard looks like a little reptile lion. It has a frill around its neck. Habitats: Some are from Southern New Guinea, as well as in the Kimberly region of Australia and across Northern Australia. They are also found in tropical to warm tempest forests. Eats: The lizard eats arthropods, caterpillars, cicadas, ants, termites, spiders, small vertebras, and sometimes other lizards. Fun Facts: 1. Another name for the Frilled Lizard is the Frilled Dragon. 2. When the lizard gets scared sometimes he runs up a tree and uses camoflauge and sometimes he doesn’t. 3. The Frilled Lizard hisses, jumps, and puffs up.
G Is for Gecko Geckos have short flat bodies covered with scales. Most geckos grow 4 to 6 inches. They live in deserts, forests, jungles, even people have them as pets. Geckos eat moths, beetles, spiders, and other insects. They are small to average sized lizards. They belong to Gekkonidae. Geckos have no eyelids, they have transparent membranes, and they lick themselves clean. By: Ethen
H is for Herpetologist Herpetologist study reptiles like snakes, salamanders, frogs, lizards, and crocodiles. You have to have good grades and have to like animals . Herpetology comes from a Greek word meaning “crawling thing”.
I They eat flowers, leaves, and insects. Iguana is for It looks like a green scaled reptile. Iguanas live in trees to keep them cool and they’re body camouflage. Iguanas can grow up to 6 feet in length. Iguanas can lay as many as 75 eggs!
J is for Jackson’s Chameleon Interesting Fact!!!The Jackson’s Chameleons horns are to protect their territory not to hurt one another. It eats flies spiders and other small insects. Interesting Fact!!! It can change colors to blend in with its surroundings or hide or to tell if it is cranky or happy. The Jackson’s Chameleon lives in Central Africa and lives in trees and bushes. Interesting Fact!!!! The Jackson’s Chameleon has a long tongue. That is how it catches its food. The Jacksons Chameleon is originally green but can change colors. Ethan
K is for King Cobra The king cobra eats other snakes. It can kill a human with a single bite. They live in India. John
L is For Leopard Gecko The Leopard Gecko looks like a frog from its face. It has spots and it comes in many colors.It lives in the desert. They eat insects, spiders, small mice and even other small lizards. The leopard Gecko will grow to be 11 inches long. The leopard will get sick if it get too hot so it sleeps all day. Leopard Gecko sometimes get sand in their eye they don’t cry instead they lick it with their tongue. The leopard gecko can survive without eating in several months. By Jacqui
M is for map turtle The Map Turtle is brown, yellow ,black, and light brown. The map turtle comes from The United States and Canada . They eat mussel, snails, and insets. They can live from 15-20 years.
Nis for David M. Nieves Information About David is a person who writes reptile books for kids. His home town is in Bellevue, Nebraska. David and his wife live around Kansas City, Missouri. David started his career at the age of 8 when he was caring for a Garter Snake that his brother brought home. When David was in middle school he was sharing facts about reptiles to elementary school in his home town Bellevue, Nebraska. Interesting Facts David speaks to 90 thousand people a year. He has written two books about reptiles. And David has been doing it since he was in middle school. By Kinley
Ois for Oriental Fire-Bellied Toad Facts Interesting Facts It has bright green with black mottling spots. It lives in places that are aquatic, inhabiting warm, humid forests, and dense vegetation. It eats crickets, insects, and grubs. They only eat live insects and if it doesn’t put up a fight it won’t eat it. If it eats something by mistake it can’t spit it out. They can live up to 30 years. By: Megan
P Is for Poison Dart Frog Interesting Facts Information about… Many species of Poison Dart Frog are dedicated parents. The red and blue poison arrow frog carry their newly hatched tad poles into the canopy. Both males and females frequently engage in disputes over territory. Other poison frogs lay their eggs on the forest, hidden beneath the leaf liter. The Poison Dart Frog has colorful colors on their skin. These frogs are found in tropical rainforests, including Bolivia, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Brazil, Colombia, Hawaii, and Panama. The Poison Dart Frog eats mostly small insects like beetles and worms. Paola
Q is for the Queen Snake Facts about . . . Interesting facts . . . The Queen snake has peach or yellow stripes and the rest of its body is usually tan or gray. The Queen snake is found in areas that is clean and has a lot of water. They mostly eat crayfish. The snake can’t grow more than 25 cm. This snake lays eggs. Zane
R is for Rattlesnake Facts Interesting Facts It is tan with black stripes. It lives in the southern U.S. including Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and northern Mexico. It eats lizards and rodents. They are Nocturnal, and they rarely grow 24 inches, and clutches are usually 2 to 8 young. By: Simon
Sis for Sheltopusik It’s a lizard without legs. They can grow up to 6 feet long They live in the forests of Europe. They eat snails, small rodents, and small reptiles. Sometimes female Sheltopusik won’t eat for 2 months when guarding eggs. They are the largest non legged reptile in the world. By Conner
T is for Tuatara A tuatara looks like a lizard but its a reptile. They live on islands near New Zealand. Tuataras eat insects, snails, and smaller reptiles. There are only two species remaining. Paleontologists found Tuatara fossils that are 220 million years old. A tuatara is also called a Sphenodon. By: Ethen
U Is for Ugly Salamander nocturnal They are rare to find A new species It eats insects and worms. The Ugly Salamander is a rust color and has slick skin. The salamander was found in Ecuador, South America
Vis for Veiled Chameleons This is a female. Interestingfacts Facts This is a male. They can see two sites in one eye! A chameleon can have about 7 diseases, and can survive all 7. The veiled chameleons are on of about 80 species of old world, also called true chameleons. They are aggressive and brightly colored. It has yellow, blue, brown/orange and black body. It lives in trees hidden where the leaves are green. Their diet is crickets, and also mealworms, silkworm, butter worms, wax worms, and super worms. By Maggie
W is for Warty Newt Looks : dark grayish – brown back covered with dark colored spots. Lives : in the United Kingdom. Eats : babies: tadpoles, worms, and insects. Adults: other newts, tadpoles, young froglets, etc. Fact : it is 7in long. Fact: it looks like it has warts. Fact : it is blue.
X is for xenopus Frog He looks slimy and he is small. He lives in lakes and rivers. He eats insects, fresh water shrimp, fresh water crab and small fish. He is also known as the African Clawed Frog. Daniel
Y is for Yellow Mud Turtle Interesting facts … Information about … They can live up to 15 year. These turtles take care of there young unlike most other turtles. They lay there eggs in the spring. The Yellow Mud Turtle is a small, green, olive, or brownish gray color. They live in parts of Central America. They eat worms, frogs, snails, fish, fairy shrimp, slugs, and leeches. Zane
Zis for zebra-Tailed Lizard The zebra tail lizard got its name because when it is threatened they will run swiftly with there toes curled up and its tail raised over their backs exposing there strips. In the summer 2 to 8 eggs are laid in the months of July to November. Females have no blue patches on the back like the males. The zebra tailed lizard looks like a lizard with a zebra tail and it lives in a open desert with hard-packed soil, scattered vegetation and scatter rock. It eats on insects, such as moths, ant, spiders, bees, smaller lizards and some flowers. By Maggie