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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata

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Order Squamata

Iguanidae (1)
Cobras, Coral Snakes, Sea Snakes (1)
Dragon Lizards (1)
Monitor Lizards (2)
Vipers (2)

The order Squamata consists of two suborders. They are Sauria, which is composed of lizards, and Serpentes, which is composed of snakes. Approximately 6500 - 7000 species are in this order. There are a few things that distinguish each group from the other. Snakes in the suborder Sauria group has eyelids and are able to regrow portions of their tales. The Serpentes group has no eyelids and is deaf, having no external ear or eardrum. They are very sensitive to vibration. Common to both suborders is a loosely connected jaw that enables them to eat preyWhat does prey mean? much larger than if their jaw was attached. Members of Squamata can be found on all continents except for Antarctica and live in a wide variety of habitats.
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