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  1. Squamata, order Squamata(noun)

    diapsid reptiles: snakes and lizards

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  1. Squamata

    a division of edentates having the body covered with large, imbricated horny scales. It includes the pangolins

  2. Origin: [NL., fr. L. squamatus scaly.]

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  1. Squamata

    The Squamata, or the scaled reptiles, are the largest recent order of reptiles, comprising all lizards and snakes. With over 9,000 species, it is second-largest order of vertebrates after the Perciformes. Members of the order are distinguished by their skins, which bear horny scales or shields. They also possess movable quadrate bones, making it possible to move the upper jaw relative to the braincase. This is particularly visible in snakes, which are able to open their mouths very wide to accommodate comparatively large prey. They are the most variably sized order of reptiles, ranging from the 16 mm dwarf gecko to the 6.6 m green anaconda and the now-extinct mosasaurs, which reached lengths of 14 m. Among the other reptiles, squamates are most closely related to tuataras, which superficially resemble lizards.


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