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1 Reptiles


3 Scientists believe other land vertebrates evolved from BONY LOBE-FINNED fish

4 310 million years ago… reptiles were the first vertebrates to make the complete transition to life on land an increase in competition for food and space among all the life-forms in aquatic environments limited competition for the insects and plants that could be used as food on the land

5 Adaptations to Land

6 Waterproof Skin dry body covering of horny scales or plates
develops as surface cells fill w/ keratin - same stuff as bird feathers and fingernails prevent water loss (lipids and proteins) protect from wear and tear associated w/ living in rugged terrestrial environments, keeps out germs unlike amphibians who can’t be far from water or they’ll dry out

7 External Structural Adaptations (for land)
some limbs have toes w/ claws permit to climb, dig, and move in various terrains others have toes modified into suctions cups aid in climbing absence of limbs snakes use scaly skin and highly developed skeletal and muscular systems


9 Nictitating membrane Tympanic membrane External nares Only reptiles with NO TEETH

10 NAME THE MEMBRANES Red arrow = ? Function= ? Green arrow = ?
Nictitating membrane Protect eyes; “Swim goggles” Tympanic membrane eardrum

11 Limbs at right angles to body

12 Pelvic and Pectoral girdles allow turtle to pull limbs into shell
Location of Pelvic and Pectoral girdles allow turtle to pull limbs into shell

13 Claws on feet

Expanded ribs form shell Can regenerate damaged scutes Growth rings tell age

15 The small segments on a turtle’s shell are called ______________
scutes This part of the shell that covers the Dorsal surface is the _______________ carapace

16 This part of the shell on the ventral surface is the _______________
plastron This side part that connects the upper and lower shells is the _________________ Bridge

17 CURVE OF PLASTRON MALE PLASTRON slightly CONCAVE to fit on top of female FEMALE PLASTRON slightly CONVEX to make more room for eggs

18 This part of the shell is the ________
Image by Riedell/Vanderwal©2005 This part of the shell is the ________ bridge plastron carapace It connects the ___________ and ________________


LATIN meaning KINGDOM _____________ PHYLUM ____________________________ SUBPHYLUM ___________________________ CLASS _______________________________ ORDER _____________________________ ANIMALIA CHORDATA VERTEBRATA “backbone” REPTILIA “to creep or crawl” CHELONIA “tortoise”

Cranium (skull bone) Nerves connecting to spinal cord and brain

22 Nervous Cont. Cerebellum Medulla oblongata Cerebrum
Controls balance & motor coordination Medulla oblongata Controls involuntary organs Cerebrum Controls higher thinking and learning

23 Nervous Cont. Tympanic membrane Olfactory lobe Optic lobes
Eardrum Bone connecting eardrum to inner ear: columella Olfactory lobe Smell Optic lobes Processes info about vision Jacobson’s organ Sense organ for smell in roof of mouth of snakes & lizards


25 TURTLE BRAIN BIGGER CEREBRUM than same sized amphibian
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26 ENDOCRINE Glands that make hormones that control other body organs
PANCREAS controls blood sugar levels THYROID: located above heart Makes hormones that control heart rate, blood pressure; cell development and growth

27 Respiration Well developed lungs (not gills)
tissues involved in gas exchange area located inside body - kept moist in even driest environments

28 INTERNAL NARES (connects to External nares “nostrils”)
PHARYNX GULLET GLOTTIS (Opening to lungs )

29 Tell one thing you could look for to tell which of these tubes is the trachea and which is the esophagus? Look for the cartilage rings. That’s the trachea, air tube that connects the larynx to the lungs.

30 BRONCHI Two tubes that connect the lungs with the trachea Carry air.

31 Its function is Gas exchange
This is the _____g_ lungg Its function is Gas exchange Fills lungs by expanding rib cage. Pressure reduced within thorax draws in air. Image by Riedell/Vanderwal©2005

Increase surface area for more gas exchange Images modified from:

33 Circulation like amphibians have double circulation
most have 3 chambered heart partial division of ventricle separates oxygen-poor blood flowing from the body from the oxygen-rich blood returning from the lungs alligators and crocodiles have 4 chambered hearts separation of oxygenated and deoxygenated blood

34 TURTLE HEART 3 CHAMBERS 2 atria; 1 ventricle
Sinus Venosus & Conus Arteriosus are smaller Image from: BIODIDAC PARTIAL SEPTUM: begins to divide ventricle into two sides

35 Circulation Right atrium: Receives blood from sinus venosus
carries only LOW oxygen blood Left atrium: Receives blood from lungs carries only HIGH oxygen blood Sinus venosus: Receives deoxygenated blood from body (smaller) Conus arteriosus:sends oxygenated blood to organs and deoxygenated blood to lungs. (smaller) Ventricle: pumps blood out of the heart Carries both high and low oxygen blood Circulation #1 #2 #3

36 Circulation Veins carry deoxygenated blood to the heart.
Arteries carry away oxygenated blood from the heart. Pulmonary artery can be constricted so blood bypasses lungs to warm body quickly! Capillaries carry oxygenated blood that will diffuse into organs.

37 Single Loop: Fish Double Loop: Amphibians & Reptiles

Sinus venosus Body organs RIGHTAtrium LEFT Atrium Lungs Conus arteriosus Ventricle FROG/TURTLE CIRCULATION

39 SPLEEN Make, store, recycle RBC’s

40 Digestive System Vent Image from:

41 Image from:

42 esophagus It carries __________ to the ___________ This tube is the
_______________ esophagus It carries __________ to the ___________ food stomach

43 STOMACH Add ACID; Start DIGESTION; Grind & mash food


45 duodenum Give a function Add trypsin,bile Finish digestion
Name this part of the tube duodenum Give a function Add trypsin,bile Finish digestion Absorb nutrients Image by Riedell/Vanderwal©2005

46 Pink arrow = ? ____________ Function = ? Ileum (SI) ______________
Image by Riedell/Vanderwal©2005 Ileum (SI) Finish digestion Absorb nutrients

47 Also called the COLON Red arrow = ? ____________ Large intestine
Give a function Image by Riedell/Vanderwal©2005 Large intestine Collect/ concentrate digestive waste Also called the COLON

including nitrogen waste for kidneys


50 PANCREAS In mesentery near first loop of small intestine

51 cloaca Red arrow = ? Name the body systems that empty here
Image by Riedell/Vanderwal©2005 cloaca Red arrow = ? Name the body systems that empty here Excretory, digestive, reproductive

52 MESENTERY This membrane that holds the digestive organs in place

53 This exit opening is the __________ vent __________________
Name the body systems that use this exit __________________ Digestive, excretory, & reproductive

54 WHAT SEX IS IT? FEMALES: MALES: Short tail Longer tail Vent closer Vent farther from body

Images modified from: REPRODUCTIVE Vent Vent MALE FEMALE

56 OVARY- make eggs OVIDUCT- add shells transport to cloaca

57 EPIDIDYMIS –sperm mature here; add tails
TESTES – make sperm Image from: BIODIDAC

Increases chances of sperm and egg meeting Image from:

59 SEX is determined by TEMPERATURE of NEST
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60 Types of Reproduction

61 Ways offspring enter world
OVIPARITY- Reproductive tract encloses egg in a protective shell Eggs deposited outside body to hatch Nourishment comes from egg EX: Most reptiles,birds & a few mammals (monotremes)

62 Ways offspring enter world
VIVIPARITY- No shell around egg Eggs retained in body Nourished by mother through placenta Offspring are born alive Ex: Mammals & some reptiles

63 Ways offspring enter world
OVOVIVIPARITY- Egg surrounded by protective shell but kept in body until just before hatching or can hatch inside female Nourishment comes from egg not mother Ex: Some reptiles (snakes)

OVI PARITY OVOVIVI VIVI SHELL? NO SHELL? Embryo grows? Food comes From? Seen in? SHELL NO SHELL SHELL OUTSIDE INSIDE INSIDE SHELL EGG EGG MOTHER Birds, Reptiles, Few mammals Mammals, few reptiles Reptiles

65 Amniote Egg an egg with a protective membrane and a porous shell enclosing the developing embryo. -It forms a “nursery” to protect the embryo - The egg derives its name from the amnion, the thin membrane enclosing the salty fluid in which the embryo floats. They yolk sac encloses the yolk, a protein rich food supply for the developing embryo The allantois stores the nitrogenous wastes produced by the embryo until the egg hatches

66 The chorion lines the outer shell and thus encloses the embryo and all the other membranes. It regulates the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide between the egg and the outside environment. The entire amniote egg is surrounded by a leathery shell that may be hard in some species because of the presence of calcium carbonate. -The egg is water proof, however it allows gases to flow between the environment and the chorion. The male places the sperm inside the female before the shell is formed. This is called internal fertilization, makes water transport of sperm unnecessary.


68 Excretion conserve water by excreting nitrogenous wastes in dry or pasty form as crystals of uric acid

69 kidney Blue arrow = ? Function ? Excrete nitrogen waste (make urine)
osmoregulation Image by Riedell/Vanderwal©2005

70 Urinary bladder Store urine The red arrow = ? ______________
Image by Riedell/Vanderwal©2005 Urinary bladder Give a function Name the form of nitrogen waste excreted by reptiles Store urine Uric acid

71 Temperature Regulation
metabolism rate controlled in part by body temperature Ectothermic (cold-blooded) – body temp controlled by environment not endothermic (warm-blooded) regulate their temp by behavior bask in sun to speed up metabolism hide in shade to prevent overheating

Slow metabolism means you can survive on 1/10 the food as a same size endotherm DISADVANTAGES: Can’t to live in extremely cold places (NO reptiles in Arctic) Can’t keep up max activity level for long

73 Origin and Evolution From the studies of fossils and comparative anatomy, biologists infer that reptiles arose from a group of ancestral reptiles called cotylosaurs, which lived about 310 million years ago. - Fossils indicate that these four-legged, sprawling vertebrates resembled small lizards and had teeth used for eating insects -The abundance of insects at the time may have been one reason the cotylosaurs flourished. during the Permian period these reptiles began to adapt to other available environments, giving rise to new forms of reptiles. - These groups included flying reptiles called pterosaurs - Two groups of marine reptiles: the ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs - And the thecodonts

74 The dominant land reptiles came from the thecodonts.
- The small lizard-like carnivores, many of which walked on their hind legs. The thecodonts were the first archosaurs ( “ruling reptiles”), a group that later included the early crocodiles, the dinosaurs, and the reptiles that evolved into birds. The Mesozoic era is known as the Age of Reptiles. - During this time reptiles , esp. the dinosaurs, dominated all other forms of life. - Dinosaur means “terrible lizard” however many of the dinosaurs were small. Yet the incredible size of some dinosaurs distinguish the group from all other forms of life. -One of the largest dinosaurs was the brachiosaurus, 77,00 kg. It was as long as a tennis court, as tall as a four-story building, and heavier than elephants.

75 Over 300 genera of dinosaurs have been identified around the world.
-They were adapted to a wide range of environments. Brachiosaurus and such related dinosaurs as Diplodocus and Apatosaurus were herbivores, plant eaters. - They probably used their long necks to reach the top of trees. Tyrannosaurus and other carnivores, or meat eaters, walked on their hind legs and used sharp teeth and huge claws to rip apart prey. The scientist who studies dinosaurs are known as Paleontologists.

76 Modern Reptiles Reptiles are classified into 16 orders, 12 that are extinct. - 4 surviving-6, 000 species Reptiles occur worldwide except in coldest regions - Human intervention-major impact 4 living orders of Class Reptilia: - 1. Rhynchocephalia, - 2. Chelonia, - 3. Crocodilia, - 4. Squamata

77 Rhynochocephalia Only living species- Sphenodon punctatus- the tuatara
-  Inhibit islands of coast of New Zealand - Resembles a large lizard about 60 cm long - Has an inconspicuous third eye on top of its head- parietal eye- functions as a thermostat- protects from overheating - Active at low temperatures and feed at night on insects, worms and small animals

78 Chelonia Order consists of about 265 species of turtles and tortoises
- Tortoise are terrestrial Chelonia (Galapagos tortoises) - Turtles- chelonians that live in water - Body covered by a shell made of hard plates- 2 parts- a carapace and plastron - Shape is modified for variety of ecological demands - retract heads, swimming - Forelimbs of a marine turtle have evolved into flippers and freshwater turtles have webbed toes - Migratory behavior of sea and river turtles -return to land to lay eggs

79 Crocodilia Order composed of 20 species of large lizard-shaped reptiles- crocodiles, alligators, caimans and gavials  - Descendants of archosaurs Crocodilians live in or near water in tropical/ subtropical regions of the world - Crocodiles- nocturnal animals; Africa, Asia and Americas -  Alligators - China and southern U.S. - Caimans- Central America- some in Florida - Gavials- eat fish; long and slender snout- live only in Burma and India

80 Carnivorous- hunt by stealth- features adapted for this behavior
  - Eyes on head, nostrils on top of snout -see and breathe while in water - Valve to prevent water from entering air passage - Parental care- both parents care for young by carrying in jaws until development

81 Squamata Order consists of 5,640 species of lizards and snakes
- Loosely jointed upper jaw and paired reproductive organs in males - Structurally diverse Lizards- presence of limbs - Common lizards- iguanas, chameleons, skinks and geckos  -  Live everywhere except Antarctic - Special adaptations- agility and camouflage - 2 species are venomous- Gila monster (SW U.S.) and beaded lizard (western Mexico) - Most prey on insects or small animals

82 Blend with background - chameleons- remain inconspicuous and fend off enemies - Horned lizards- spiked armor, when disturbed they inflate themselves, gape, hiss and squirt blood from eyes - Skinks and geckos- lose their tails and regenerate- autotomy- escape from predators - Most lizards are small- .3m in length; iguanas- 1m in length - Largest lizards- monitors- Komodo dragon (Indonesia) 3m (9.8 ft) in length, 140 kg (308.6 lbs) - Thought to be related to snakes - have a forked tongue for sense organs - Consume prey whole and use tail as defense weapon

83 Adaptations of Snakes

84 Snakes probably evolved from lizards that lived above ground found during the Cretaceous period.

85 Movement A snake has a backbone of 100 to 400 vertebrae, each of which has a pair of ribs attached. - Providing the framework for thousands of muscles The interaction of bones, muscles, and skin enables asnake to move in one of three basic ways: 1. Lateral undulation 2. rectilinear movement 3. side winding.

86 Movement cont. Most commonly move by lateral undulation.
- moving forward in an S shaped path. In rectilinear movement, the snake applies muscular force on its belly, not its sides. - Scutes are scales on its belly that catch on bark orother rough surfaces (like a caterpillar). Some desert-dwellers snakes progress by side-winding.

87 Feeding Snakes eat animals, but lack structural adaptations common to other carnivores. Snakes do not see or hear well, and have no limbs, and their teeth and small mouth cannot rip and grind flesh.

88 Locating Prey Snakes evolved a sense of smell which they use to locate their prey. - By flicking its forked tongue , a snake gathers chemicals from the environment. The tongue transfers these chemicals to two pits in the roof of the mouth called the Jacobsons organ where the nerves are highly sensitive to the chemicals.

89 Locating Prey Cont. Some snakes inject their prey with Toxic venom
most bite down their fangs and inject the poison into their prey. Venom is chemically complex. - The hemotoxins  are proteins that attack the circulator system, destroy red blood cells and disrupt the clotting power of blood. - The neurotoxins work on the nervous system, by disrupting the nerve pathways which is dangerous to respiratory and heart functions.

90 Swallowing and Digesting Prey
A snakes upper and lower jaws are hinged and move independently. when unhinged, the jaws stretch to allow the mouth to open extremely wide. While swallowing it whole the snake thrusts its windpipe into the throat, allowing the snake to breathe - the process of can take several hours.

91 Defense Natural selection resulted in modifications for defense.
Camouflage is beneficial for both seeking prey and hiding from predators. - many snakes are green and blend with foliage - others are brown and hide against the bark of trees

92 Defense Cont. Some snakes defend themselves by signaling their presence. Some ward off danger by rapidly changing body shape - extending a hood like cobras Some hiss Others make mechanical noises - such as the rattle of the rattlesnake.

93 Reproduction Most male snakes rely on the scent of female snakes of heir own species. Before mating, a male and female snake may glide alongside by side, with the male stroking the female with his chin and flicking his tongue over her body. Fertilization is internal.

94 Reproduction cont. Most snakes are oviparous
- female lays eggs that hatch outside her body. - To break out a hatchling uses a special tooth which is lost soon after. Other snakes are ovoviviparous - the female carries the eggs in her body throughout development the young are born live. - All newborns must fend for themselves, relying on their many specialized adaptations for survival on land.


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