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Question: There are no venomous lizards.
Answer: A few species of lizards, including Gila monsters and beaded lizards, are venomous.
Question: There are no venomous serpents on Mount Everest.
Answer: The Himalayan pit viper lives at altitudes far higher than any other snake, from 5,900 to 16,075 feet (1,800 to 4,900 meters), in the Himalayas. It has been seen on Mount Everest.
Question: The largest lizard is the iguana.
Answer: The largest lizard is the Komodo dragon, which reaches a length of more than 10 feet (3 meters).
Question: Pit vipers are so called because they live in pits.
Answer: Any given snake in the group of snakes called pit vipers has a heat-sensing organ called a pit. It uses these pits to find prey.
Question: Sea snakes are true snakes, and they are often deadly.
Answer: Sea snakes travel in great numbers through open waters and have a powerful venom. Even a sea snake that appears to be dead may still be alive and able to deliver a potentially lethal bite.
Question: Snakes descended from lizards.
Answer: Snakes are believed to have descended from burrowing lizards that eventually lost their legs as they spent most of their time moving around underground.
Question: It is easy to outrun a snake.
Answer: The fastest snake in the world is the black mamba of Africa, and it can only slither between 6.2 and 9.3 miles (10 and 15 kilometers) an hour for short periods. Humans can run faster.
Question: Some snakes have more than 300 vertebrae.
Answer: The longest snakes have more than 300 vertebrae. Some even have more than 400!
Slowworm. Anguis fragilis. Blindworm. Lizard. Anguidae. Close-up of a slowworm's head.

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