The behavior, physiology, and structure of an organism allowing it to be more suited to an environment.


(Cold-blooded) An organism that regulates its body temperature largely by exchanging heat with its surroundings.


(Warm-blooded)An organism that generates heat to maintain its body temperature, typically above the temperature of its surroundings.


An organism, such as a frog, toad, salamander, or some types of newts, having an aquatic early stage (e.g. tadpole) and developing air-breathing lungs as an adult (e.g. frog).


Any of various cold-blooded, usually egg-laying vertebrates of the class Reptilia, such as a snake, lizard, crocodile, turtle, or dinosaur, having an external covering of scales or horny plates and breathing by means of lungs.


One of the many small platelike dermal or epidermal structures that characteristically form the external covering of fishes, reptiles, and certain mammals.


The resemblance of one organism to another or to an object in its surroundings for concealment and protection from predators. (e.g. The harmless scarlet kingsnake mimics the deadly coral snake.)


The preservation and careful management of the environment and of natural resources.


The area or environment where an organism or ecological community normally lives or occurs.


Function of a particular species in an ecological community; all aspects of an organisms existence that enable it to survive and reproduce.


Behavior of living on the ground (rather than in the trees or seas).


Behavior of living in the trees.

Food Chain

A group of organisms interrelated by the fact that each member of the group feeds upon on the one below it and is in turn eaten by the organism above it in the chain.


An animal that consumes primarily the flesh of other animals.


An animal that feeds chiefly on plants.


An organism which gets its food energy from both plant and animal material.

Carrion Eater (Scavenger)

An animal that feeds on dead or decaying matter. (e.g. Vulture or Hyena)


Any of various non-venomous snakes, such as the pythons and boas, that coil around and squeeze their prey to suffocate and kill it.

Threatened Species

Any species which is likely to become an endangered species within the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range. (e.g. Northern Spotted Owl)

Endangered Species

A species present in such small numbers that it is at risk of extinction. (e.g. Snow Leopard)

Extinct Species

Any species that no longer exists anywhere on Earth. (e.g. Tasmanian Wolf)


Actual animals in program may vary from those listed depending upon availability.

Pyxie Frog (African Bullfrog)

Found in the Sub-Saharan region of Africa, the Pyxie frog is the 2nd largest frog on Earth. This amphibian can weigh up to 4½ pounds and can live for up to 20 years. They are voracious eaters and are often aggressive, capable of delivering a painful bite. Pyxie frogs are carnivorous and will consume practically anything they can fit into their mouths.

European Legless Lizard

Sometimes referred to as a scheltopusik, this legless lizard can reach lengths up to 4½ feet. Unlike snakes, all lizards possess eyelids, ears and a sternum, not necessarily legs. This lizard prefers open country such as short grassland or sparsely wooded hills where they consume insects, small mammals and slugs. Due to its size, the European Legless Lizard tends to respond to harassment by hissing, biting, and musking. They occasional release their tail as a form of defense with the ability to slowly grow it back. The scheltopusik can be found in southeastern Europe from Greece and extending into south west Asia.

Yellow-footed Tortoise

Yellow-footed Tortoises are native to the tropical and humid forest areas of South America in Brazil, Ecuador, Columbia and other surrounding countries. Being one of the slower members of the reptile family, yellow-footed tortoises are often opportunistic omnivores with vegetation making up most of their diet. Throughout much of their range, these tortoise are listed as a threatened species likely due to their popularity as a food item.

African Spurred Tortoise
African Spurred Tortoise

Representing the 3rd largest tortoise species on the planet, the African Spurred Tortoise is capable of reaching weights close to 200 pounds! These reptiles are found in the sub-Sahara region of Africa where they graze on grasses and seek refuge from the heat in deep burrows they dig. African Spurred Tortoises are known for having a mild temperament and a lifespan of over 100 years.


Milksnakes have a wider geographical range than most any other group of snakes, being found from Canada to the northern portions of South America. These snakes are known for being some of the most beautiful snakes on earth. Although many subspecies exist, all have colorful bands or patterns that are a form of mimicry, warning predators that they might be deadly. These reptiles feed mostly on small mammals but will prey on other snakes as well.

Boa Constrictor

These non-venomous snakes are native to tropical regions of Central and South America from northern portions of Mexico south to Argentina. Like their anaconda cousins, boas are excellent swimmers, but prefer to stay on dry land, living primarily in hollow logs and abandoned mammal burrows. They can also be extremely arboreal at times. Reaching up to 14 feet in length and over 100 pounds, these constrictors will eat almost anything they can catch from monkeys and wild pigs to even bats

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