The suborder Serpentes, of the family Squamata and class Reptilia refer to a group of creatures known as Snakes.

Snakes are creatures that are limbless, elongated, carnivorous. Not all snakes are venomous, as they either consume their prey alive, or kill them first by constriction. The venomous snakes use their venom to subdue and kill their prey, with most wanting to flee any danger, although some have been know to attack any thing that is a threat eg the brown snake is known to move towards humans and strike out at them.

There are also what are termed ‘legless lizards’. These are often mistaken for snakes, due to having an elongated limbless body, but many species of the legless lizards have eyelids and external ears, which snakes do not have. There are however some exception to this rule.

The study on snakes continue to evolve, with new fossil discoveries and other scientific analysis and research.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Reptilia
  • Order: Squamata
  • Clade: Ophidia
  • Suborder: Serpentes