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Snakes (Serpentes)


Snakes (Serpentes) are elongated, legless reptiles covered in overlapping scales. Unlike legless lizards most snakes lack eyelids and external ears. They are found on every continent (except Antarctica) and most continental islands, with some notable exceptions. Additionally, the sea snakes are widespread in warm coastal waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. There are up to 24 families of snakes, comprising 520 genera and 3,620 contemporary species (as of August 2016). The taxonomy of Serpentes is unsettled and some of the existing families may be split in the future. The majority of snakes are nonvenomous and kill their prey by constriction or swallow it alive. Although nearly 600 species are considered venomous, only 200 are of medical concern to humans.

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Our page is being rebuilt and images of snakes are temporarily offline. Please check the list of Reptile Species in Our Collection for available species and feel free to contact us if you would like to see images of one or more of these species..


    Leptotyphlopidae Slender Blind Snakes
    Boidae Boas
    Colubridae Colubrid Snakes
    Colubrinae Rat snakes, Whip snakes and Racers
    Dipsadinae Dipsadinae
    Natricinae Natricinae
    Psammophiinae Psammophiinae
    Xenodontinae Xenodontinae
    Viperidae Vipers and Pit-Vipers
    Viperinae Vipers
    Crotalinae Pit-vipers


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