Jurong Lake Gardens is home to a number of reptile and amphibian species. Both reptiles and amphibians are ectotherms, or cold-blooded, and rely on external sources to maintain their body temperature. You’ll often see reptiles such as water monitor lizards and terrapins basking in the sun to warm up.
Reptiles lay eggs with shells on land. Most amphibians, on the other hand, begin their life as eggs in water that hatch into aquatic larvae (e.g. tadpoles), which later develop into adults that can survive on land. These eggs are covered by a transparent jelly-like substance.
Click to find out more about some of the commonly seen reptiles and amphibians in Jurong Lake Gardens!
Banner: Malayan Water Monitor. Photo Credit: Ruth Tan (NParks)