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One adaptation of reptiles to water loss is the presence of

A. keratinous scales

B. claws on limbs

C. long tails

D. long sticky tongues




Keratinous scales are common among reptiles, their major role is to prevent easy water loss through their skins.

Now for the right answer to the above question:

  1. A is the right answer. keratinous scales prevent water loss through the outer skin.
  2. B is incorrect. claws on limbs are adaptations for climbing and grasping.
  3. C is incorrect. long tails do not prevent water loss.
  4. D is incorrect. long stick tongues are rather adaptations for feeding and not to prevent water loss.
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You may please note this/these:

  • Keratinous scales are scales made of keratin, and usually found on the skin of reptiles.
  • They help to maintain temperature balance and prevent water loss.

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/ culled from 2020 JAMB-UTME biology past question 26 /

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