Protective Shells: 9 Animals with Plates


Large reptiles found in tropical climates. Long, muscular bodies and scaly skin distinguish them. Both alligators' skin protects them from predators and the elements.


Armadillos are American tiny animals. Hard shells protect them from predators. Carapace and platyopygium make form an armadillo's shell.


Their strong scales defend them from lions and tigers. Large, overlapping keratin scales. Scales can block predators' claws and teeth.


Tortoise motions are slow and its shell is stiff. Tortoise species spread from Africa to South America. Each creature has an enviromentally shell.

Komodo dragon

It's the world's largest live lizard. Komodo dragons have tan to dark brown scales. Their claws and tongue are long and sharp. Komodo dragons have venom-filled skin.


Their exterior skin is covered in keratin scales, the same protein as human nails and hair. Under the scales lies softer tissue that keeps the crocodile hydrated and flexible.


 Some turtles resemble tortoises. These turtles' strong shells protect them against predators and the environment. Forms and sizes are species-specific.

Thorny Devil

The Thorny devil, or Moloch horridus, is a distinctive Australian reptile. The Thorny devil may change colour to match its surroundings.

Spiny Starfish

Spiny Starfish inhabit tropical and subtropical waters worldwide. It favours coral reefs, where it can hide and eat. Spiny Starfish have leathery, bumpy skin.

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