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A Western Green Mamba.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Reptilia
Order Squamata

Squamata is an order from the Reptilia class.


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.


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