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Serpentes (Ophidia; snakes; subclass Lepidosauria, order Squamata) 

A Dictionary of Zoology

Michael Allaby

A suborder of elongate, limbless reptiles which evolved in the *Cretaceous from burrowing lizards. They are carnivores in which the jaws are held by ligaments and are capable of considerable extension. There are no eyelids; the eyes are covered by a spectacle (transparent scale). The skin is usually shed whole. There is no tail regeneration. The tongue is generally forked and protruded through a notch in the snout. There are 12 families.... ...

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