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Scaled reptiles

Scaled reptiles are the lizards, snakes and slowworms that make up the order known as the Squamata. They all have scaly skins, and all male squamates have two penises.

Scientific name: Squamata

Rank: Order

Common names:

Scaled reptiles

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Distribution

Map showing the distribution of the Scaled reptiles taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

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Classification

  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Reptiles
  5. Scaled reptiles

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