The scientific name given to a particular snake is a combination of its genus name followed by its species name, such as the scientific name of the Asp viper, which is Vipera aspis, or the Sonoran Desert sidewinder, which is Crotalus cerastes cercobombus. A king cobra bears the scientific name Ophiophagus hannah, while the desert adder is the Vipera lebetina.Know More
All snakes belong to the same kingdom (Animalia), phylum (Chordata), class (Reptilia) and order (Squamata). From there, however, their classifications vary depending on the snake. Although snakes can share a genus, they can still be of the same species.
The Eastern garter snake, for example, has the genus and species Thamnophis c. ocellatus. The Shorthead garter snake is Thamnophis brachystoma.Learn more about Snakes
The condition of having more than one head is called polycephaly. Tricephaly is the condition of having three heads. Practically all confirmed cases of polycephaly consist of animals with two heads, called bicephaly. The Tech Museum of Innovation explains that most polycephalic animals are conjoined twins.Full Answer >
Viruses are named scientifically similarly to organisms; they are referred to by genus and species name. Above these, two classification systems, supplemental to each, create a taxonomy for viruses.Full Answer >
Though the black mamba snake is actually olive brown in color, it gets its name from the blue-black on the inside of its mouth. The black mamba is widely considered the deadliest snake in the world.Full Answer >
The black snake with a yellow belly is called a "Southern Ring-necked Snake," or just "Ring-necked Snake." These snakes have a black, or dark grey back, with smooth scales and a yellow or bright orange belly. The belly often has a row of black spots.Full Answer >