Oviparous or Viviparous Animals?

When studying animals, children always seem to have a curiosity about the babies - just as they seem to do about their own arrival in to this world.

An important concept to cover (of course in language and in terms appropriate for children) is Oviparous and Viviparous. For those of you who are not familiar with these terms here is the basic terminology.

Oviparous (oh-vip-er-uhs): Animals that produce eggs that develop and hatch outside the body.

Viviparous (vie-vip-er-uhs): Animals that give birth to living young from within the body, rather than laying eggs.

Fun Fact: Did you know that the platypus and echidna (both found in Australia) are the only two mammals that are oviparous?

In order to help children learn to sort and classify these two types of animals, we have a new animal lesson available in our online store:


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