This file includes Alligators and Crocodiles, Frogs and Toads, Snakes and Lizards, Turtles, and Snails.

Also see Wild Animals, Dragons and Dinosaurs, Insects, Birds, Pets, Farm Animals, Water Animals, and Fishing.

Alligators and Crocodiles

The Alligator's Children

(Cicely Fox Smith)

The alligator is a creature
With not a single pleasing feature;
And even when it's very small,
It is not cuddlesome at all.
With countless teeth its jaws are set.
I do not want one for a pet.

Songs about Alligators

The Lady and the Crocodile

She sailed away on a bright and sunny day,
On the back of a crocodile,
You see said she he's as tame as he can be,
I'll ride him down the Nile,
The croc winked his eye as she waved a fond goodbye
Wearing a happy grin.
At the end of the ride,
The lady was inside,
And the smile was on the crocodile.

If You Should Meet a Crocodile

If you should meet a Crocodile
Don't take a stick and poke him;
Ignore the welcome in his smile,
Be careful not to stroke him.
For as he sleeps upon the Nile,
He thinner gets and thinner;
And whenever you meet a Crocodile
He's ready for his dinner.

Songs about Crocodiles

Songs about Reptiles

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Frogs and Toads

Page Toppers


green frogs

(Ed Higgins)

from midsummer
deep down
the lettuce
plants and
beneath the
cool shade
of bush beans
green frogs
squat against
the damp

smaller than
a thumbnail
at first and
striped in fine
gold on
either side
like a drum
major's trousers
from the top
of bulged
to where
a tail
once was

they grow
eating bugs
I suspect,
so I never
dust poison
the beans
or lettuce--
I may never
decide to
kiss one
but I'm not
to risk
the life
of any prince.

A Green Frog

Said the little green frog as he sat on a log
Nobody really likes me
A duck came along
And said, "You are wrong."
And gobbled him up for tea.

Songs about Frogs

Songs about Toads

Songs about Amphibians

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Snakes and Lizards

Boa Constrictor

I'm being swallowed by a boa constrictor,
I'm being swallowed by a boa constrictor,
And I don't like it very much.

Oh no, he swallowed my toe.
Oh gee, he's up to my knee.
Oh fiddle, he's up to my middle,
Oh heck, he's up to my neck.
Oh dread, he swallowed my (slurp-swallow).

The Rattlesnake

As I was walking near the lake,
I met a little rattlesnake.
He ate so much jelly-cake,
It made his little belly ache.

Songs about Snakes

The Lizard

The lizard is a timid thing
That cannot dance or fly or sing;
He hunts for bugs beneath the floor
And longs to be a dinosaur.

Songs about Lizards

Songs about Iguanas

Songs about Chameleons

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Sammy Snail

Sammy snail is slowly moving
See him slide across the grass,
He leaves a silver path behind him
We all know when he has passed.

Sammy snail is never worried
Though he wanders far and wide,
For on his back his house he carries
And when he's tired he pops inside.

The Snail

He cannot fly.
He cannot hop.
He cannot run at all.
But you should see
The way he goes
Slowly up the wall.

He cannot skip
Or race about.
He has one way to go;
And as I watched him
I must say
He's good at going slow.

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The Little Turtle

There was a little turtle,
He lived in a box
He swam in a puddle
He climbed on the rocks.

He snapped at a mosquito,
He snapped at a flea,
He snapped at a minnow,
He snapped at me.

He caught the mosquito,
He caught the flea,
He caught the minnow,
But he didn't catch me.

Tidy Turtle

My turtle is a tidy boy!
When he's tired of play
He folds himself up carefully
And puts himself away.

The Turtle

(Ogden Nash)

The turtle lives 'twixt plated decks
Which practically conceal its sex.
I think it clever of the turtle
In such a fix to be so fertile.

A Tortoise Called Joe

(Michael Palin)

There was a tortoise called Joe
Whose progress was painfully slow.
He'd stop for a week,
Look around, take a peek,
Then unlike a shot, off he'd go.

Songs about Turtles

Some of the animal song titles came from Eric's Song Lists

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