Name Three Reptiles That Are Ovoviviparous

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Name Three Reptiles That Are Ovoviviparous
Some chameleons are ovoviviparous. (chameleon image by Josef F Stuefer from

Some amphibians, reptiles, snakes and cartilaginous fish are ovoviviparous. Animals that are ovoviviparous reproduce by hatching their young within their bodies before giving birth. The offspring stay within the mother for a time where they feed off the yolk of the egg and not directly from the mother. In time the mother gives birth to her young.

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