Class Reptilia comprises about 9,750 species, characterized by body temperature that   varies according to the external temperature and is regulated behaviorally or physiologically. Their body is covered by scales, which protect it from mechanical injuries, and they renew their skin periodically by shedding. Most of the reptiles breed by laying eggs on the ground (oviparous), but some are viviparous. 

The Zoological Research Garden hosts about 70 species of Israeli reptiles, including crocodiles, turtles and tortoises, and a large variety of snakes and lizards