Scales and Scutes of the Dunes

scales and scutes turtle on a sand dune

Join DNR educator Elizabeth Tillman from Hoffmaster State Park in Muskegon to learn about a few reptiles that call the dunes their home. We will answer the question, "What is a reptile?" and learn a few of their characteristics. Three species of snakes and turtles will be highlighted, with live examples to help your students understand the adaptations or "tools" that help these animals survive in such a harsh, ever-changing environment. This 30-minute presentation will meet the following learning outcomes:

  • Compare and contrast reptile characteristics with those of amphibians and mammals.
  • Describe adaptations that help snakes and turtles survive in the dunes.
  • Learn how humans impact the survival of snakes and turtles.
  • Describe the value of state parks and other public lands for reptiles and other wildlife.

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