16 Evidences of Complex Design in Reptiles

1. Snake Eating Habits

Certain types of snakes can go months without eating. This is especially true of the big constrictors, such as the Anaconda and the reticulated python. Snakes eat large meals (relative to their body size), and they have much slower metabolisms than we humans have. This partly explains how they can go so long between meals.

2. Snake and Lizard Tongues

Snakes and lizards flick their tongues in the air to capture scent particles. They don't smell through their noses like you and I. Instead, they use their tongues to collect scent particles and then pass the particles over something called a Jacobson's organ to decipher the air around them. This is partly how reptiles hunt for food.

3.  A chameleon tongue

A chameleon’s tongue is at least as long as its body and capable of stretching to a length more than three times its body length to capture food. When it sees its prey, the chameleon’s tongue is catapulted out of its mouth at super speed and caught with the sticky tip of its tongue.

4.  Chameleon eyes

A chameleon can move its eyes in any two separate directions at the same time.

5. Gecko Tails

Some species of gecko use their tails as a defensive tool. When attacked, the gecko will wiggle its tail to lure the attacking creature. When the animal bites onto the tail, the gecko can detach the tail and make its escape. In most cases, a new tail will grow in place of the old one.  

6. Frog Ears

Frogs do not have outside ears, but they have ear holes of sorts, that are covered with thin tympanic membranes, or eardrums, that protect the inner ear cavity and help transmit sound vibrations. They hear with these structures and also their lungs, which vibrate in response to noise.

7.  Panamanian Golden Frog

However, one species of frog named Panamanian Golden Frog, does not have ears at all. They can only listen with the help of their lungs.

8. The Crocodile

A crocodile can remain without food for two years!

9. Snake Eyesite

Even when a snake's eyes are closed, it can still see through its eyelids.

10. The Black Mamba

The fastest moving snake on land is the Black Mamba, with speeds in excess of 12 miles per hour.

11. Surinam Toads

Male Surinam toads attach the females eggs to the back of the female during spawning. The eggs are then absorbed by the spongy dorsal skin. Each egg is embedded into its own honeycomb-like chamber on the toad’s back.  

They remain there for up to twenty weeks before they emerge by pushing through their mother’s skin and emerging fully metamorphosed frogs.

12. Crocodile Digestion

A crocodile can’t move its tongue and can’t chew; but its digestive juices are so strong that it can digest a steel nail.

13. The Horned Lizard

Horned lizards can squirt blood from their eyes.

14. Gecko Eyes

Did you know that geckos do much more than just sell car insurance? Unlike most lizards, Geckos are born without eyelids. To keep their eyes from drying out, geckos lick their eye balls with their long tongue.