The Class Reptilia consists of the snakes, lizards, crocodiles and turtles of the world. There are almost 10,000 species of reptiles on the planet. All of these species are lumped into a single class known as the Reptilia. These reptiles are then broken up into the following groups:
Notice how birds somehow fall into this phylogenetic tree. Even though most traditional models of classification will put birds in their own class, they should probably be listed in with the other reptiles because of their common ancestory.
As a general rule, reptiles are egg-laying (oviparous),. Yet, like most things, there are a few exceptions to that. A few snakes retain the eggs until hatching and a few are viviparous. Reptiles breath air, unlike fish. They are also ectothermic (cold-blooded). Most also have skin covered in scales and/or scutes.
We've followed traditional taxonomy here (as opposed to some of the newer taxonomists that include birds in the mix), and divided the class into 4 primary orders: