They are found on the continents of Africa, America, Asia and Europe. Long, scale-covered vertebrates with limbless bodies. The Lamprophiidae family is another large family of snakes that contains 60 genera that hosts 314 species. This will make more sense with an example. Sometimes listed as a subfamily of the boa family The classification of snakes becomes more specific when moving down the classification list: domain, kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus and species. Classification Example: The Western Diamondback Rattlesnake. There are nearly 3,000 species of snakes distributed nearly worldwide. They also lack eyelids and external ear openings. I see David Kelly has given an example leading to the usual binomial classification of genus and species. The following is a list of some of the major genera and species of snake, organized alphabetically by family. All snakes are members of the kingdom Animalia, the phylum Chordata, the class Reptilia and the order Squamata. What is the classification of snake in family, genus, and species? They are also members of the Serpentes suborder. Along the underside of the body, snakes have a specialized row of scales. This is an overview of the suborder Serpentes, its two infraorders (subdivisions) and the families they contain. The bones of the upper jaw ar… Snakes are part of the Squamata order of reptiles -- an order that also includes most lizard species. They are then broken down by family, genus and species (and sometimes subspecies). There are many species of venomous snake in this family such as those that belong to the subfamily Atractaspidinae which have venom that can cause severe necrosis. 1. This is the group of reptiles commonly known as snakes.. Taxonomy. Classified with lizards in the order Squamata, snakes represent a lizard that, over the course of evolution, has undergone structural reduction, simplification, and loss as well as specialization. Snake, (suborder Serpentes), also called serpent, any of more than 3,400 species of reptiles distinguished by their limbless condition and greatly elongated body and tail. Sometimes listed as a subfamily of the boa family (Boidae). Some families of snake retain vestigial pelvic girdles although none have pectoral girdles. An example for a snake classification can be seen with the reticulated python whose scientific name is Python reticulatus.