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Rhinoceros snake

By MSA 2005 Map showing mountain forests habitats in southeast Asia


Class Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Colubridae
Genus and species: Rhynchophis boulengeri
No, it’s a scaly horn, but its use is still a mystery. Like people, a snake breathes through two nostrils. But most smelling is done by flicking its tongue in and out, picking up odor molecules from the air.

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