During this peculiar locomotion the numerous broad shields of the belly are of great advantage, as by means of their free edges the snake is enabled to catch and use as points of support the slightest projections of the ground.
The eyes are hidden by shields of the skin.
Lachesis has the upper surface of the head covered with very small shields, or with scales, and contains about 40 species, in S.
Each college had the care of twelve sacred shields called ancilia.
These twelve shields (amongst which was the original one) were in charge of the Salii Palatini.