Are turtles amphibians?

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Turtles are not classified as amphibians. Turtles are classified as reptiles like tortoises, snakes, lizards and alligators. A few common amphibians include frogs, newts, toads and salamanders.

Turtles have scaly, impermeable skin and breathe with lungs their entire lives. Those characteristics lead to their classification as reptiles. Amphibians do not have scales; they have permeable skin, and breathe with gills when they are young prior to metamorphosis. Turtles do not have those traits. Turtles have many traits that both the reptile and amphibian animal classes share, however. These include having a backbone and being mostly cold-blooded. Like all amphibians and some reptiles, turtles spend some of their time on the land and some time in water.

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Basically it's in the way they start life, and then the kind of skin they have. Reptiles have scales or rough and sometimes dry skin, while Amphibians stay wet all the time and lack
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Reptiles include turtles, crocodilians, lizards, snakes and tuatara
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Frogs and Toads.
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And also one little detail - when little amphibian come to live it breath through the gills which means it can breath in the water, but as it is developing, gills dissapear, also
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