Ready to slither into the supercool world of reptiles? Check out these photos of bizarre cold-blooded creatures.
When frightened, an armadillo lizard (which is covered in sharp scales) grabs its tail in its mouth to turn itself into a spiky ball of armor.
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Meet a modern-day Triceratops: the three-horned chameleon. Only the males actually sport horns, which they use to defend their territory.
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With a barklike shell and a head shaped like a leaf, the mata mata turtle is a master of camouflage.
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Many geckos—including Asia’s tokay gecko—can’t blink. So they keep their eyes moist and clean by licking them.
Photograph by Michael D. Kern, NPL, Minden Pictures
Don’t mess with the African bush viper. The snake mostly preys on small mammals, but its venom is toxic enough to kill a human.
Photograph by Michael D. Kern, Minden Pictures
The wormlike body of the Mexican mole lizard has only front legs, which the reptile uses to pull itself forward as it slithers along the ground.
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That’s no strawberry. Male green anoles have pink throat fans—also called dewlaps—that they use to attract females.
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Talk about a big mouth! Egg-eating snakes can open their flexible jaws wide enough to swallow bird eggs whole.
Photograph by Danita Delimont, Getty Images
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