Mental scale

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The mental scale, or mental, in snakes and other scaled reptiles refers to the median scale on the tip of the lower jaw.[1] It is a triangular scale that corresponds to the rostral of the upper jaw.[2] It is bordered on either side by the first sublabials.[3]

Cited references

  1. Wright AH, Wright AA. 1957. Handbook of Snakes. Comstock Publishing Associates (7th printing, 1985). 1105 pp. ISBN 0-4014-0463-0.
  2. Mallow D, Ludwig D, Nilson G. 2003. True Vipers: Natural History and Toxinology of Old World Vipers. Malabar, Florida: Krieger Publishing Company. ISBN 0-89464-877-2.
  3. Campbell JA, Lamar WW. 2004. The Venomous Reptiles of the Western Hemisphere. Comstock Publishing Associates, Ithaca and London. 870 pp. 1500 plates. ISBN 0-8014-4141-2.