Reptiles Coloring Book

Learn about Different Species of the Reptile Family

Reptiles Coloring Pages
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Reptiles are cold-blooded vertebrates whose bodies are covered with scales. What does that mean?

Cold-blooded means that reptiles can't maintain their own body temperature like mammals can. They rely on their environment to regulate their body temperature. That's why you often find reptiles lying on a warm rock, basking in the sun. They are warming their bodies. 

When it's cold, reptiles don't hibernate like some mammals do. Instead, they go into a period of extremely limited activity called brumation. They may not even eat during this period. They may burrow down into the soil or find a cave or crevice in which to spend the winter. 

Vertebrate means that reptiles have a backbone like mammals and birds. Their bodies are covered with bony plates or scales, and most reproduce by laying eggs.

Help your students explore the fascinating world of reptiles by assembling their own reptile coloring book. Print the coloring pages below and bind them together to create the book. 

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Reptiles Coloring Page

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Reptiles include:

This coloring page features an alligator. Crocodiles and alligators look very similar, but an alligator's snout is wider and less pointed than that of a crocodile. 

Also, when a crocodile's mouth is shut, his teeth are still visible, whereas an alligator's are not.  See what else your students can discover about the differences between these two reptiles. 

 

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Reptiles Coloring Book - Chameleon Coloring Page

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Chameleons are unique reptiles because they can change their color! Chameleons, which are a type of lizard, change their color to camouflage their bodies to hide from predators, intimidate rivals, attract a mate, or adjust their body temperature (using colors that absorb or reflect light, as needed).

 

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Reptiles Coloring Book - Frilled Lizard Coloring Page

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Frilled lizards live primarily in Australia. They get their name from the skin flap around their heads. If they are threatened, they raise the flap, open their mouths wide, and hiss.
 
If this display doesn't work, they stand up and run away on their back legs.

 

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Reptiles Coloring Book - Gila Monster Coloring Page

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One of the largest lizards is the Gila monster. This venomous lizard lives in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. Although their bite is painful to humans, it's not deadly.

 

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Reptiles Coloring Book - Leatherback Turtle Coloring Page

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Weighing up to 2000 pounds, leatherback sea turtles are both the largest turtle and the largest known reptile. They live in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans. Only the females return to land after hatching from their eggs and they only do so to lay their own eggs.

 

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Reptiles Coloring Book - Turtles Coloring Puzzle

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There are about 300 species of turtles. Their bodies are encased in a shell that is something like the bones of a human skeleton. The top of the shell is called the carapace and the bottom is the plastron.

 

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Reptiles Coloring Book - Horned Lizard Coloring Page

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There are about 14 different species of horned lizards which live in dry, arid regions of North and Central America. They are sometimes called horned frogs because many species resemble frogs more than lizards. 

 

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Reptiles Coloring Book - Snakes Coloring Page

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There are about 3,000 different species of snakes in the world. Less than 400 of those are venomous. Although we often picture snakes with fangs and flicking tongues, only venomous snakes have fangs.

Snakes have unique jaws that are attached with ligaments, tendons, and muscles that allow them to move independently of each other. That means that snakes can work their mouths around prey much larger than them and swallow it whole. 

 

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Reptiles Coloring Book - Lizards Coloring Page

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There are 5,000 to 6,000 different species of lizards around the world. Some live in dry, desert regions while others live in forests. They range in size from less than one inch long to almost ten feet long. Lizards may be carnivores (meat eaters), omnivores (meat and plant eaters), or herbivores (plant eaters), depending on the species. 

 

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Reptiles Coloring Book - Gecko Coloring Page

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A gecko is another type of lizard. They are found throughout the world except on the continent of Antarctica. They are nocturnal, which means they are active at night. Like sea turtles, the ambient temperature determines the gender of their offspring. Cooler temperatures yield females while warmer weather yields males.

 

Updated by Kris Bales