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Komodo Dragon: Largest Reptile of the Order Squamata

Biological Definition - What They Are

They are animals that are part of the class of reptiles (Reptilia) that present as main characteristic the presence of scales on the body. This order includes amphisbae, snakes and lacertils.

Summary of main features:

- Presence of scales on the body.

- Exchange from time to time the outside of the epidermis.

- Presence of movable eyelids (except snakes).

- Most scaly animals excrete uric acid.

- Presence of hemipenis in males.

Examples of animals of the order Squamata:

- Blind snake

- Iguana

- Chameleon

- Lizard

- Lizard

- Glass Snake

- Gila Monster

- Komodo dragon

- Snakes (coral snake, jararacuçu, king snake, cobra, rattlesnake, rat snake, surucucu, sea snake, horned viper, among others).

Scientific classification:

Kingdom: Animalia

Philo: Chordata

Class: Reptilia

Order: Squamata

Biological Curiosities:

- Rattlesnakes rattle is formed by the accumulation of the outer part of the epidermis, which accumulates in the final part of the tail. By the amount of buttons present in the rattle of the animal it is possible to know how many changes of skin he has passed.

- The gecko and some species of lizards and iguanas have an important resource to escape their predators. These scaly animals, at the predator's attack, release the tail part (which is moving for some time), thus attracting the predator's attention. Meanwhile, the prey manages to escape. Over time, the lost tail part regenerates.

"The only lacertile reptile belonging to the order Squamata, venomous (possessor of poison) is the gila monster."

About three meters long, the Komodo dragon is the largest scaled reptile.

Gila Monster: The only poisonous reptile of the order Squamata.