Research the taxonomy of dogs and snakes. Name the Genus and Species of your organism.

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Taxonomy classifies organisms into various levels or groups. Beginning with domain, taxonomy places organisms into increasingly specific categories such as phylum, order, and species, among others.

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Taxonomy is a branch of science that deals with the classification of organisms. When the taxonomy of an animal is broken down, several categories, such as kingdom or phylum, are included. As the levels of taxonomy move from domain to species, each classification becomes more specific and unique to the particular animal you are studying.

Based on the example given, the first category asked for is domain. Domains are the highest and least specific level of taxonomy. All animals and plants are considered eukaryotes and a member of the domain Eukaryota, as the nucleus of their cells are enclosed within membranes.

The next level of taxonomic classification is that of kingdom. Depending on the type and thoroughness of the classification, scientists use anywhere from three to seven categories. All animals, regardless of species, are part of the Animalia kingdom.

Phylum is the next level of taxonomy. Organisms grouped into phyla share characteristics that distinguishes them from other organisms. In the case of dogs and snakes, both belong to the phylum Chordata.

The next level of taxonomy is class. At this level of taxonomy, classifications become more specific. Reptiles are a member of the class Reptilia, while mammals are members of the class Mammalia.

Order, family, genus, and species are all very specific classifications that vary largely by animal. There are at least nineteen orders of mammals alone.

In order to break down an animal's taxonomy, one must choose a specific breed or type of animal. For example, a Canadian Lynx is much more specific than a large cat. Encyclopedia entries and trusted websites are excellent places to begin breaking down the taxonomic classification of any animal.

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