Why Do Reptiles Have Scaly Skin?

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One of the most distinctive features of reptiles is their scaly skin. From snakes to lizards, you will never see fur on these cold-blooded creatures — but why is that? Well, the answer may certainly surprise you!

Built Like A Puzzle

Unlike mammals, many reptiles must shed their old skin to make way for a new protective barrier. Although these little creatures have scales, the scales are fit together like a puzzle; connected together. Since their scales are attached, they work together to make the shedding process much simpler for these cold-blooded wonders.

No Fur, Just Scales

As mentioned before, a variety of reptiles have noticeably scaley skin — and lack any sort of fur or fluff. One of the main reasons why reptiles have this abrasive feature is because it retains moisture within their bodies! The best way to describe this feature is to think of reptiles having body lotion built into their structure, which keeps these creatures moisturized at all times!

Not Like A Jacket

Fact: reptiles need to regulate their own body temperature. Unlike a fur coat that most animals wear, these little creatures need to adapt to their environment to maintain a healthy lifestyle. By having scaly skin, it helps reptiles gain heat when they need it most — and makes the process of adapting very simple. It’s a win-win situation for these cold-blooded wonders!

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