Are Snakes Reptiles?


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Snakes are reptiles. Their closest relatives are the lizards, and the two belong to the same subgroup: Squamata. One feature that snakes share with other reptiles is the production of eggs that contain a thin outer covering called the amnion, which allows them to lay eggs on dry land.

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Snakes and other reptiles also have horn-like scales, have lungs rather than gills, and reproduce via sexual penetration, rather than by spreading reproductive cells into the water like fish and amphibians. Snakes and lizards also share many other traits, including teeth that are periodically replaced throughout adulthood and fewer ribs than other reptile groups. Another feature that some lizards share with snakes is limblessness. Some lizard groups, such as worm lizards, do not have any legs.

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