LIVE Reptiles Tour

Meet the Ectotherms!

From slithering snakes to leaping lizards, bring your students up close with live reptiles to learn about their cold-blooded nature and adaptations that help the critters survive in the wild! Students will work with a Burpee educator and walk through several orders of chordates, including the order Squamata (lizards and snakes) and the order Testudine (turtles and tortoises).

Key Concepts:

Features of Survival: Learn key traits that make individuals suited to survival success in their specific habitat

Ectotherm vs. Endotherm: Learn how cold-blooded and warm-blooded animals are physiologically different and how they can both survive well in some of the same habitats.

Form and Function: From the turtle’s protective shell that looks very different in a snapping turtle vs. a box turtle…to the fat and muscular tail of a tegu…learn how the animals’ form relates to the function of that part and success in different environments.


Asking questions, making observations, analyzing and interpreting


The program includes moving short distances in groups and sitting on the floor for discussion & activities. Chairs and/or tables are available upon request. Students may experience an animal encounter with a turtle or tortoise. We believe there should be no boundaries for your students’ Burpee Museum experience. If you have an accommodation request related to a disability, please get in touch with us at 815-965-3433. We look forward to assisting you.

Standards NGSS:

3-LS4-2, 3-LS4-3, K-LS1-1, 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-3, 4-LS1-1, 4-LS1-2

Tegu at School
Argentine Tegus

Learn about our two tegus and how they track their prey with their long forked tongues!

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New Caledonian Giant Gecko

Learn about our New Caledonian Giant Geckos and how they can run up a vertical wall at 20 body lengths per second!


Learn about our Basilisk and how they can walk on water!

Crested Geckos

Learn about our Crested Geckos and their incredible tails!