Reptiles were the world’s first truly terrestrial vertebrates. All reptiles have scaly skin that can withstand dessication and lay eggs with hard shells, therefore they are not tied to the water like their relatives, the amphibians. Since they can live on land, they also have an expanded lung system.
Reptiles include turtles, crocodilians, lizards, snakes and tuatara (found only in New Zealand). The reptiles of Quebec are represented by turtles and snakes only.