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Anguidae

Overview page. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.

; order Squamata, suborder Sauria)

A family of reptiles whose members vary from four-legged lizards to legless snake-like forms (e.g. Anguis fragilis, the slow-worm or blindworm,...

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caecilian

Overview page. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.

; class Amphibia, order Apoda)

A family of caecilians that are mainly terrestrial as adults. Development is oviparous or ovoviviparous, often with a free-swimming larval stage....

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Colubridae

Overview page. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.

; order Squamata, suborder Serpentes)

The largest family of snakes, most of which are harmless and have solid teeth, but some of which are venomous, with teeth at the back of the...

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egg

Overview page. Subjects: Ecology and Conservation.

The reproductive structure of certain animals, e.g. reptiles, birds, and insects, consisting of an ovum together with nutritive and protective tissues, and from which, when fertilized, a...

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Hydrophiidae

Overview page. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.

; order Squamata, suborder Serpentes)

A family of marine descendants of the Elapidae, comprising venomous, front-fanged snakes that have valvular nostrils and salt-secreting glands...

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Lacertidae

Overview page. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.

; order Squamata, suborder Sauria)

A family of small, agile lizards, all of which have well-developed legs and long tails capable of autotomy. The head plates are fused to the...

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Onychophora

Overview page. Subjects: Biological Sciences.

A small phylum of caterpillar-like invertebrates – the velvet worms – that inhabit moist dark terrestrial habitats, such as forest litter and caves, in tropical and warm regions. The thin...

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ovipary

Overview page. Subjects: Ecology and Conservation — Zoology and Animal Sciences.

The method of reproduction in which eggs are laid and embryos develop outside the mother's body, each egg eventually hatching into a young animal. Little or no development occurs within the...

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reptile

Overview page. Subjects: Biological Sciences.

Any cold‐bloodedvertebrate of the class Reptilia, which includes tortoises, turtles, snakes, lizards, alligators, and crocodiles. See also herpetofauna.

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salamander

Overview page. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.

; class Amphibia, order Urodela)

A family of salamanders in which the adults have long palatal teeth, lungs, a cylindrical body, and well-developed legs and tail. The skin of some...

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Typhlonectidae

Overview page. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.

; class Amphibia, order Apoda)

A family of caecilians that are aquatic throughout life. The tail is absent. There are no dermal scales. Reproduction is ovoviviparous. The gills are...

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viper

Overview page. Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.

A venomous snake, taken as the type of malignancy and treachery, but whose flesh was formerly believed to have great nutritive or restorative properties, and was used medicinally. Early...

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viviparous

Overview page. Subjects: Biological Sciences.

1. producing living young rather than eggs. Embryogenesis occurs within the mother's body, as with most mammals. 2. bearing seeds that germinate within the fruit, as in the...

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