Xenophidia

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Xenophidia
KINGCOBRA.jpg
King Cobra, an elapid.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Superfamily: Xenophidia
Families

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Xenophidia (Caenophidia) is a superfamily of the suborder Serpentes (snakes) that contains cobras, vipers, sea snakes and the majority of snake species. Almost all venomous snakes belong to this superfamily. Additionally, the broad belly scales and rows of dorsal scales correspond to the vertebrae in Caenophidians, while they do not in Henophidians or Scolecophidians.

Caenophidia contains most of the diversity of extant snakes, with over 3,000 species. They are believed to be a recent (Greek prefix caeno- = recent) evolutionary radiation, having evolved in the mid-Cenozoic.

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