, the sublabial scales
, also called lower-labials or infralabials, are those scales that border the mouth opening along the lower jaw. They do not include the median scale (mental scale
). The term labial
originates from Labium
(Latin for "lip"), which refers to any lip-like structure. The numbers of these scales present, and sometimes the shapes and sizes, are some of many characteristics used to differentiate species from one another.