Questions tagged [herpetology]

The study of reptiles and amphibians, and a subarea of zoology.

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Identification of Anoles

Can anyone help me identify these anole species? All photos taken on St. Thomas, USVI, in close proximity to one another. (click to zoom in) Each photo is a different individual, but the overall ...
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How old is the action of sneezing?

Is there an estimate for when the ability of sneezing evolved? A little bit of research, and some critical review of my memories tell me that: Many, if not maybe all mammals sneeze. Some reptiles ...
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what kind of lizard is this

Found on ground by house in residential neighborhood in Fort Pierce FL. looks mature maybe 17".
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What is the current status of the taxon Crocodylus raninus?

What is the current status of the taxon Crocodylus raninus, the Borneo Crocodile? See Wikipedia Is it now a valid species, a subspecies of Crocodylus porosus (The Saltwater Crocodile) or merely a ...
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Snake with red eyes and black skin found in a plant pot

It was found dead/stiff in an empty plant pot in a kitchen. Could it be a young Höllenotter (a melanistic vipera berus, photo in Wikimedia Commons)? Is the reddish/brownish part an injury? And ...
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Larva attacking frog ? Guide about this

The above picture was taken in western forest of India where a larva attached itself to a frog neck. What is it and how it will effect the frog?
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Lizard Identification

What is this lizard? Seen in Hollywood, Florida, on a golf course. It may have been an escaped pet and was approximately 17" long.
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What is this frog I found

What type of frog or toad is this? I found him in my backyard in southern Alabama and he is clearly very small. I’m not sure what species it is, it’s mostly brown but has small spots on the top of his ...
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Was this snake behaving abnormally?

This morning, I walked out front of my house to find a medium-sized snake balled up on my driveway beneath my motorcycle. I spotted it from my porch so I didn't walk any closer. I believe it was a ...
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Can any one ID my tortoise?

I have got a pet tortoise and I was wondering if any one could identify it. I think it's a male around 2 years old. I'm not quite sure, it is quite small, very shy and goes very fast. He likes ...
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Scientific name of a lizard's reproductive system

I need to find the scientific (latin) names of the reproductive organs of female and male lizards. So far the only result I've got is that male lizards have hemipenes inverso, but nothing on the ...
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Is this a worm or snake?How to get rid of it?

Hi! I found this thing in my bathroom. I killed it but still it's friends keep on reappearing. It moves slowly , is it a snake? How can i get rid of them? I live in Mumbai, India. It's rainy season ...
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How do you identify this particular snake shedding?

Aloha, Snakes are illegal in the State of Hawaii, with the exception of the Hawaiian Blind Snake (Brahminy Blind Snake (Ramphotyhlops braminus)). I've read through a plethora of articles to no avail....
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Do Parasaurolophus have hands with fingers to grab?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parasaurolophus#mediaviewer/File:Parasaurolophus_cyrtocristatus.jpg I cannot tell if the hands have fingers strung together to form a hove, or fingers to grab. I have ...
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snake identification

While moving large, old oak logs I'd stacked a year ago to form a terraced garden, I noticed it was very moist under the logs. I saw 5 kingsnakes, a scarlet snake, a couple of small brown earth ...
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why horned lizard's blood has no effect on predatory birds and does it also works on any other creatures too?

so a horned lizard's blood tastes foul to canine and feline predators, and this also works on human, this is because of its diet of highly venomous harvester ants https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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Differences between the Australian saltwater Crocodile (C. Porosus), Nile Crocodile (C. Niloticus), and the American Crocodile (C. Acutus)

I haven't had any luck on the internet with this. I would like a layman's explanation of the morphological differences in the three or an internet reference that I can look up. As I understand it all ...
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Why do komodo dragons have covered teeth?

Apparently komodo dragons have a layer of gum over their teeth and often bleed from the mouths because of this layer being lacerated when they bite. Does this layer of gum serve any evolutionary ...
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Can someone please tell me what lizards are these?

My cat keeps catching these lizards from a local park and insisted on me to keep them, so I did. But I do wonder what species/category do they fall into. I live in West Java, Indonesia, precisely in ...
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Medical Uses of toxic venom

One interesting thing I recently learned is that venom has medical uses that can actually save lives! But from what I see so far this either applies to venoms from creatures that are not fatal to ...
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Help me ID snake

Could someone please tell me if this is a cotton mouth? Found 2 on my back porch, one got away. Location: Fayetteville, AR (USA) [Note: there are several ponds nearby]