Reptiles

Reptiles are cold-blooded, scaled animals. They include snakes, turtles and lizards. There are more than 10,000 species of reptiles in the world, but fewer than 20 of them can be commonly found in Westchester.

Reptiles hibernate during winter, but it is called brumation because they don’t actually go to sleep. They reduce activity and metabolism, but will periodically awake to drink water, or to bask if it’s a warm day. They can also tolerate reduced levels of oxygen, which allows reptiles to stay buried in mud or water for extended periods.


Explore the field guide to the Turtles of Westchester County


Explore the field guide to the Snakes & Lizards of Westchester County


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