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Order Squamata

The biggest group of reptiles


Lygosoma taeniolata

Squamata contains all the snakes and lizards, divided into two sub-orders: Sauria and Ophidia. They are the most numerous of all the reptiles, and are found just about everywhere in the world except the icecaps -- anyplace it eventually gets warm enough for them to operate.

The slender skink shown above typifies both sub-orders, since skinks seem to be direct intermediaries between lizards and snakes. Some skinks even have no legs, like snakes.


Sub-orders found in this order:
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