Safari Q+A

June 22, 2011  By: Africa Adventure Consultants

Why do reptiles sun themselves?

Reptiles are classified as ectothermic, which means that they are unable to regulate their body temperature internally and are therefore dependent on environmental heat sources. On safari, we frequently see reptiles sunning themselves. Reptiles will move in and out of sunny spots, retreating to shade to keep their body at a constant temperature.

Photo courtesy Gretchen Healey