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How would you describe a snake?

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Snakes can be described as elongated, legless reptiles of the order Serpentes. Snakes are different from similar-looking reptiles, such as legless lizards, because they have no eyelids or external ears.

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How would you describe a snake?
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There are 18 snake families, all of which have unique traits. For instance, boas of the family Boidae have primitive characteristics, such as a nonmobile lower jaw and a pair of vestigal spurs near the anal vent. Sea snakes of the family Hydrophiidae are known for their ability to swim and their eel-like body structure. As of 2014, there are more than 2,900 known species of snakes, with only 375 species being venomous.

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