Snakes lost their limbs and slithered onto the scene over 100 million years ago in order to, as some researchers theorize, maneuver through the underground more readily. They differentiate from lizards in that they do not have eye-lids or external ears. Snakes are extremely well adapted to the absence of appendages and have more bones than any other animal on Earth. The skull is not fused like our skulls, and can separate in order to ingest large food items. Aug 17
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