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Lizards vs. Salamanders


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Reptile

Adapted to many climates, including hot and dry

Dry, scaly skin

Clawed toes

The Texas alligator lizard averages 15-20 inches

Eggs that are terrestrially adapted

One form only

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Amphibian

Always found close to water

Smooth, moist skin

Stumpy toes

The barred tiger salamander averages 6 - 8 1/2 inches

Eggs dependent on water and moisture

Most undergo a metamorphosis from juvenile water-breathing forms to adult air-breathing forms


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