Reptiles have an incredible old world mysticism about them and, given that they’re a group of species that have been around for around 315 million years, it’s no surprise why. The major groups of reptiles are the turtles (Testudines), lizard-like tuatara (Rhynchocephalia), lizards and snakes (Squamata) and crocodiles (Crocodylia or Crocodilia). Because reptiles do not have feathers or fur to keep themselves warm and because they cannot sweat or pant to keep cool, they seek out sun or shade according to what they may need. Reptiles lifespans can be remarkably long. For example, large tortoises, like the Aldabra tortoise, can live for more than 150 years. Reptiles are also extremely helpful as natural pest control, many lizards control insects in homes and gardens and snakes are major predators of rodents. Yet species continue to be killed out of fear and many are hunted and killed for their shells or for their leather. In addition to conservation action, there is much need for re – education and a new appreciation for the wonderful creatures. We offer many programmes where you can volunteer with sea turtles, giant tortoises, caimans and crocodiles and snakes all around the world and play a part in protecting these magnificent species.