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Questions tagged [reptiles]

For questions about cold blooded vertebrates that include snakes, lizards etc.

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How Would a Filter-Feeding Marine Turtle Feed?

Back home, many large planktivores have ingenious ways to trap food and not water. For sharks like the basking and the megamouth, that is no problem, as they have modified their gills into rakers to ...
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Intelligent wyvern's weapons and armors

Wyverns in this world are intelligent creatures (similar to humans), capable of communicating among themselves. They are reptilians, cold blood, with hands capable of manipulating, and wings that, at ...
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How To Tell a Turtle Sans Shell [closed]

On our Earth, what makes a turtle a turtle is its ribcage widened and fused to create a tough, protective shell. In comparison to other reptiles, alive or extinct, the turtle design has got to be the ...
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Is the evolution of my aliens realistic?

So, I have thought about the evolution of my aliens and how they could evolve things like lactation but still retain their reptilian characteristics. Here is my best thought about it so far: ...
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Evolution of intelligent drepanosaurs

For a story I require an intelligent [drepanosaur]. But to work with the plot the creature needs to still have traits that don't mix well with classical vertebrate evolution of intelligence. ...
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Intelligence development: Plausible?

This is another question about my aliens who have both reptilian and mammalian characteristics. Now, I'm not talking about developing intelligence on evolutionary time scales but rather within ...
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How to determine whose child is which?

So, on the planet Qualis, the sole dominant sapient species, the Qualians, a reptilian species, has a problem. Their species are oviparous, and their eggs need heat and protection. Qualian mothers ...
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Plausible reason why my reptilian humanoids would get rid of their acid spit reflex?

So, the Qualians are a species of reptilian humanoids, hailing from the tropical jungles of the planet Quails. They are a very aggressive species, and can be violent very often. Their technology is on ...
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How could can humans evolve to have reptilian attributes?

In my world, all of my demihumans have evolved from the same ancestor from modern humans. This conceptually includes my version of Reptilians/Lizardfolk. For the most part I would have them share the ...
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Advantages reptiles would have over humans in battle? [closed]

So, Von Neumann probe from the galaxy Andromeda is invading the Milky Way, and most species are getting their asses handed to them. A few planets have already come under the invaders control, and the ...
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How to have a reptilian species survive in cold environments?

So, in the far off year of 2569, there are two main empires contending for control in the Alpha Quadrant. They are the United Terran Federation and the Qualian Star Empire. The former empire is made ...
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Shedding rate reasonable?

My reptilian aliens that lactate become adults at 20 years old. I might add a graph here of proposed shedding rates over time and maybe even a separate graph for growth. But here is what I am ...
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Could a Hoop snake actually roll like a wheel?

The Hoop snake is a mythical creature from the United States and Canada that looks like a regular snake, but has the ability to grab its tail in its mouth and roll like a wheel at high speeds. It ...
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What sort of weapons would a race of lizardmen use? [closed]

(This is in a medieval fantasy setting) Let me describe the creatures for you. There are a warm-blooded species of semi-humanoid dragon-like creatures. They have the traditional draconic features, ...
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How would one determine the upper and lower temperature limits for a race of human-sized reptiles?

It's a fairly well-known fact that reptiles are ecotherms, meaning that they require outside sources of heat to stay warm and metabolize. However, being too hot can cause heat sickness (not fun), and ...
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How plausible would it be for a Reptilian race to have settlements in cold regions without hibernation?

So, I was wondering if it would be possible for a race of reptilians to live in a climate similar to that of Germany or Scandinavia without having to hibernate for the winter months. They would be ...
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What sort of cybernetic/genetic enhancements would make sense for cold-blooded soldiers leaving their natural habitat?

In the world I'm building, there's a race of sapient, technologically advanced lizard people, most of whom live in an enormous, climate-controlled city. Based on the answers to this question, it seems ...
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Would it makes sense for an intelligent race originated from snakes to possess the ability of hearing?

I want to explore the possibilities of an alien species not much unlike that of known to Earth: snakes going through evolution in a way that made them able to reach the intelligence necessary to use ...
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Pouch skin shedding rate increase?

My aliens have an egg pouch and they can lay up to 15 eggs in a clutch. Those aliens inside the eggs eventually become newborn human sized, at least as far as length is concerned. I was wondering if ...
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Scientific feasibility of reptilian overlords and humanoid slaves

In my world, I have a reptilian overlord theme, with humanoid slaves. The planet revolves around a binary star system. What are the basic requirements of the climate and the ecosystem, for the ...
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Could All Reptiles Be Like the Crocs?

Certain anatomical features distinguish the alligators, crocodiles, gharials and caimen from the other reptiles. A four-chambered heart, something also found in birds and mammals A unidirectional ...
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What is the most plausible ancestor for tool-using, sentient, bipedal reptilians?

A classical trope of fantasy is lizardfolk, or a similar species by another name (see for instance the Argonians of Elder Scrolls fame). In general, though, we're dealing with: Bipedal, often ...
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Dragon development

My dragons all develop in similar ways. There are 4 developmental cases depending on what limbs the dragon has. First case: All limbs If the dragon has all 4 limbs here is how it develops. First, an ...
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Egg pouch: Chest or Abdomen? [closed]

My aliens in my generation ship story are reptilian with some mammal characteristics. They have 2 hands, each of which has 6 fingers. 2 of those fingers are thumbs and the thumbs are on opposite ...
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Can reptiles with legs shed their skin all at once?

I know snakes have an easier time and legs make things difficult. Would this be impractical for riding lizards in a fantasy setting? Could one breed for a trait of a faster shedding process?
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Kuehneosauridae and powered flight?

I have been looking at various animals that have evolved some level of aerial capability, and I came across Kuehneosauridae. Reptiles which evolved gliding struts, attached down their sides, which ...
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Regenerating Skeletal Lizards

So I have a creature that I think is a bit out there and likely impossible, but it's too good of an idea and I don't want to scrap it. Basic design I don't really have a distinct shape that I want ...
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How would tattoos fare on reptilian scales?

In a world with humanized (or at least tool using) reptiles, how long would a tattoo be able to last on the scales? Would the tools need to be much different than what we use today? Would it be ...