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Lepidosaurs

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Coachella_Valley_Fringe-toed_LizardFossil range: Late Triassic – Recent
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Subclass: Diapsida
Infraclass: Lepidosauromorpha
Superorder: Lepidosauria
Orders: Sphenodontia, Squamata

The Lepidosauria are reptiles with overlapping scales. They include the tuataras, lizards, snakes and amphisbaenians. Lepidosaurians are the most successful of modern reptiles.

Lepidosauria is a superorder of Sauropsida and comprises the orders :

  • Squamata – scaled reptiles (lizards, snakes and amphisbaenians)
  • Sphenodontia or Rhynchocephalia – tuatara

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