Reptile Fact Files and Short Courses

You have chosen a career to follow and prepare for, now it’s time to learn more about the species (and breeds) you will work with. ​Follow the 3 easy steps to help you read and learn more about reptiles, how to work with them, and how to gain experience, everything while having a huge amount of fun!

Definition of a Reptile

A cold-blooded vertebrate animal that is distinguished by having a dry scaly skin and typically laying soft-shelled eggs on land.

Basic Facts

Average Length

16 mm to 3.2 m (0.6 in to 10 feet)

Average Weight

0.5 g to 1 tonne (0.02 oz and 1 tonne)

Average Lifespan

up to 150 years

Average Offspring

1 to 100 eggs

Running Speed

up to 40.23 km/h (25.00 mph)


scales, cold-blooded

Conservation Status

Least Concerned to Near Extinct

Global Population

100 billion+


Join one of the 4 Reptile Groups

Status: Active

Learn even more about Reptiles by joining one of the four GROUPS, depending on the kind of reptile you want to work with.

  • Crocodilia (Crocodiles, alligators, caiman and gharial)
  • Lizards (Gecko, iguana, chameleon, agama, lizard, anole, komodo dragon)
  • Snakes
  • Turtle & Tortoise

Members of the Groups can access all the different Short Courses, win awards and meet other reptile lovers from around the world. Gain experience points with each short course and compete for the top spot on the leader board!

Topics covered in the REPTILE GROUPS:

  • General reptile knowledge (Anatomy, Habitat, Behaviour, Diet, Ecological Benefits & Conservation)
  • Reptile Creative (Including education, art, design, publishing, media, news and photography)
  • ​Species (courses on over 100 different species)


This is also the place where you will find links to all of the Animal Organizations that work with reptiles. Join their special Groups and learn how you can gain valuable experience by volunteering or interning with them.

Species Profiles and Resources

Career Mentors are Members who assist by volunteering to keep each Career Page factual and current while mentoring Students in the related Career Group.

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List of Career Mentors/Educators who have contributed to this Career info:


One Zoo Tree

A few example pictures of the species