Aniliidae


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Aniliidae

[‚an·əl′ī·ə‚dē]
(vertebrate zoology)
A small family of nonvenomous, burrowing snakes in the order Squamata.
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The preliminary identification of Aniliidae (Astibia et al., 1990) was based on fragmentary vertebrae that actually belong to the madtsoiid Herensugea (Rage, 1999).
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