how amphibians are different from reptiles

Amphibians Vs Reptiles

Amphibians and reptiles are both vertebrates, meaning they both have a backbone and an internal skeleton, but they are vastly different in many other ways. Here are some of the main differences:

Body Structure

  • Amphibians have a smooth, slimy skin with no scales, while reptiles generally have dry and scaly skin.
  • Amphibians often have four toes on each limb, while many reptiles have five toes.
  • Amphibians do not have claws, while reptiles usually have claws.


  • Amphibians live in ponds, streams and other wet areas, while reptiles live in a variety of habitats including deserts, grasslands, and forests.
  • Amphibians spend part of their life in the water and part on land, while reptiles mostly stay on land.
  • Amphibians need to return to the water to breed and lay eggs, while reptiles lay eggs on land.

Life Cycle

  • Amphibians metamorphose during their life cycle, transforming from egg to larva to adult form, while reptiles do not.
  • Amphibians spend their entire lives in the water, while reptiles spend most of their lives on land.
  • Amphibians breathe through their skin, while reptiles use lungs just like humans.

Both amphibians and reptiles are amazing animals in their own right, but as you can see they are very different in many ways. Being aware of these differences can help you to better appreciate each animal as a unique creature.

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