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The Five Types of Animals

There are five different types of animals on Earth. These five types are: mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, and reptiles. These types of animals differ in many ways, including the way they reproduce, whether they are cold or warm blooded, how they live and evolve in their environments, and the make up of their bodies.

Mammals can live in a variety of environments, from sea, to land, to the air. All mammals are warmblooded animals. Mammals usually give live birth instead of laying eggs, and for the most part the babies nurse. Example: Tiger

Like mammals, birds are warm-blooded animals. They all have wings and feathers, and most birds are able to fly. Birds lay eggs instead of giving live birth. There are over 9,000 species of birds. Example: Ducks

Fish are unique from the other four types of animals by being the only animals to only be able to breathe underwater their entire lives. All fish not only have this in common, but they also all lay egg, have scales and fins. Example: Banner Fish

All amphibians lay eggs in the water. When these eggs hatch, the young have gills and breathe water. As these amphibians grow older, they begin to grow legs and lungs and begin living on land instead of in the water. Example: Frogs (tadpole to frog)

Reptiles are all cooled blooded which is why they all have dry scales and lay out in the sun when possible. Most reptiles lay eggs, while others give birth to live young. There are 6,800 species of reptiles. Example: Lizard