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What is an amphibian? micro-lesson

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What is an amphibian? Scientists classify or group animals in a number of ways. One way in which they do this is by looking at the animal’s features. Amphibians such as salamanders, frogs, and axolotls have many features that make them unique from other animals. One of the most interesting characteristics of amphibians is that they are able to live both on land and in water. Amphibians, like reptiles, are cold-blooded. This means that they rely on the environment to keep their blood a certain temperature. However, unlike reptiles which have scales, amphibians have moist skin. Importantly, amphibians are vertebrates. This means they have a spine.

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  • What is the scientific word for 'grouping'?

    1) Classify
    2) Order
    3) Sorting
    4) Organise
  • What is a special feature of amphibians?

    1) They can live on land and in water
    2) They are warm blooded
    3) They are often small
    4) Some of them have tails
  • Amphibians are cold blooded. What is the meaning of 'cold-blooded'?

    1) Animals rely on the environment to keep their blood a certain temperature
    2) Their blood is always cold
    3) Their blood is blue
    4) They prefer cold climates
  • What is the difference between the skin of reptiles and the skin of amphibians?

    1) Reptiles have scales and amphibians have moist skin
    2) Reptiles are more colourful than amphibians
    3) Reptiles are waterproof and amphibians aren't
    4) There is no difference, they are both the same
  • What is the meaning of 'vertebrate'?

    1) An animal with a spine (backbone)
    2) An animal without a spine (backbone)
    3) An animal with no bones
    4) An animal with bones

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