Reptiles may be best known for their dry, scaly skin and cold-blooded nature. They can often be seen resting in the sun since cold-blooded, or ectothermic, animals have to use the heat of the surrounding environment to control their body temperature. Most reptiles lay eggs, but some do give birth to live young. All reptiles breathe air through their lungs.
Lizards, snakes, turtles, and alligators are all members of the Class Reptilia.
The most famous reptiles found in Cape Lookout National Seashore are sea turtles. There are four species of sea turtles which can be found in and around the park. The park tracks the nesting success of sea turtles and other special interest species. The annual reports for these monitoring efforts can be found on the Wildlife Management page.
The islands of this park are also home to lizards, snakes, and land turtles.
Some of the most common reptiles in this area are listed below