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Reptile & Amphibian Study
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Reptile & Amphibian Study
- Describe the identifying characteristics of six species of reptiles and four species of
amphibians found in the United States. For any four of these, make sketches from your own
observations or take photographs. Show markings, color patterns, or other characteristics
that are important in the identification of each of the four species. Discuss the habits
and habitats of all ten species.
- Discuss with your merit badge counselor the approximate number of species and general
geographic distribution of reptiles and amphibians in the United States. Prepare a list of
the most common species found in your local area or state.
- Describe the main differences between
- Amphibians and reptiles
- Alligators and crocodiles
- Toads and frogs
- Salamanders and lizards
- Snakes and lizards
- Explain how reptiles and amphibians are an important component of the natural
environment. List four species that are officially protected by the federal government or
by the state you live in, and tell why each is protected. List three species of reptiles
and three species of amphibians found in your local area that are not protected. Discuss
the food habits of all ten species.
- Describe how reptiles and amphibians reproduce.
- From observation, describe how snakes move forward. Describe the functions of the
muscles, ribs, and belly plates.
- Describe in detail six venomous snakes and the one venomous lizard found in the United
States. Describe their habits and geographic range. Tell what you should do in case of a
bite by a venomous species.
- Maintain one or more reptiles or amphibians for at least a month. Record the food
accepted, eating methods, changes in coloration, shedding of skins, and general habits; or
keep the eggs of a reptile from the time of laying until hatching; or keep the eggs of an
amphibian from the time of laying until their transformation into tadpoles (frogs) or
- Do TWO of the following:
- Identify at night three kinds of toads or frogs by their voices. Imitate the song of
each for your counselor. Stalk each with a flashlight and discover how each sings and from
- Find and identify (by sight) eight species of reptiles or amphibians.
- Give a brief talk to a small group on the subject of reptiles and amphibians. Use at
least three living specimens you have collected.
- Give five superstitions about reptiles and amphibians and a correct explanation for
each. Give seven examples of unusual behavior or other true facts about reptiles and
NOTE: Scouts must not use venomous reptiles in fulfilling
requirements 8 and 9. Species listed by federal or state law as endangered, protected, or
threatened must not be used as live specimens in completing requirements 8 or 9c unless
official permission had been given. In most cases all specimens should be returned to the
wild at the location of original capture after the requirements have been met. Check with
your merit badge counselor for those instances where the return of these specimens would
not be appropriate.