noun Zoology.
a scutellate state or formation; a scaly covering, as on a bird's foot.
an arrangement of scutella or scales.

1870–75; scutell(um) + -ation Unabridged
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scutellation (ˌskjuːtɪˈleɪʃən)
1.  the way in which scales or plates are arranged in an animal
2.  a covering of scales or scutella, as on a bird's leg
[C19: New Latin, from scutella, plural of scutellum + -ation]

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Color pattern and scutellation are variable across the snake's range, but are relatively uniform at any locality.
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