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

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Reptile identification - Is this a green iguana?

At first instance it looks like an iguana and since this photo was taken near the coast of Pernambuco, Brazil it could only be the green iguana, but as you can see from the photo the reptile is black. ...
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Why is Archosauria a subclass and not a class?

What is the logic behind Archosauria being a subclass when they have such major differences between Lizards, Snakes, and Turtles. The Amphibians appeared before the Diapsids, which then split into ...
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What snake is this? Is it venomous?

Location: Ozark Mountains in Northern Arkansas. Size: Perhaps 4-6 feet in length. Behavior: Mower uncovered a couple of these in tall grass/brush next to a log. They did not coil up. This one lay ...
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Is this snake hazardous around children?

This snake lives in a small rock dam in a residential retention pond in Chattanooga, TN. Children play in the area at times. It is approximately 30 inches in length. Is this snake a hazard or can it ...
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Can a crocodile crack open a turtle's shell?

To put the question more accurately I consider the Saltwater Crocodile, which has been measured to have a bite force of 16.4 kN and estimates of up to 34 kN in 6.7-meters long individuals. For turtles ...
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Is there any research on episodic-like memory in reptiles?

I've been studying the area of episodic-like memory in non-human animals and our old reptile cousins seem to be really underrepresented (or not represented at all). Is there any research that I am ...
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What species of snake is this? It was sighted in NE New Mexico, Union County

The snake in this photograph was found injured/dead in Clayton, Union, New Mexico (USA) on 10/06/2021. I want to know if it is a juvenile bullsnake or a Chihuahuan Night Snake...or something ...
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Can Sleeping With Reptiles Reduce Excess Body Heat from Your Partner? [closed]

I'm an engineer and biology is my weakest point, so please forgive if this question is dumb. My wife always complains that I set the air temperature too cold at night. She's exothermic in a number of ...
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If dinosaurs could have feathers, would they still be reptiles?

I just finished watching a video where it was mentioned that nowadays birds are dinosaurs and non-avians dinosaurs could have feathers. I confirmed this from wikipedia: Birds are highly advanced ...
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What animal is this? Caution, GRAPHIC!

One of my friends stumbled upon this half part of an animal. It seems lizard-like...I don't think I've ever seen a lizard that large, though. We live in Greece. Can you figure it out? Close-up and a ...
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Snake Identification in India

Location: Kharagpur, West Bengal, India. Time: Near the end of September at around 1:00 pm. This snake was spotted in a drain near my hostel in Kharagpur, West Bengal, India. Can somebody help me ...
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ID Large, broad flat bone found in Gulf of Mexico [duplicate]

`1 Is this a tooth? A rib? Or a fish? I found this in about 4’ of water in the Gulf of Mexico/Galveston. It is slightly curved and the side edges have numerous pointy parts. On one side at the bottom ...
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Help identifying small snake in southern India

I found a baby snake near a hill in Karnataka, Southern part of India. It's monsoon season here. Approximate length - 15 cm
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How to Scale Metabolic rate and drug dosage according to Mass?

I was reading a book "Biology and evolution of Crocodilians" by Gordon Grigg and David Kirshner. And I can't understand the part about metabolic scaling no matter which method I tried I can'...
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Were there any flying dinosaurs?

I've seen some articles which came in contradiction with each other. The first article was talking about flying dinosaurs, dinosaurs with feathers and so on. A couple of other articles are talking ...
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Resilience to the neurotoxins of Indian King Cobra

I read on Wikipedia about this: King Cobra - Wikipedia In Thailand, a concoction of alcohol and the ground root of turmeric is ingested, which has been clinically shown to create a strong ...
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Cause of premature death in turtle eggs

Context I am a hobbyist turtle breeder and I have been keeping and breeding turtles for 15 years (I have hatched turtles in the high hundredths). Long story short, few years back, my friend and I ...
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How does a turtle develop inside its egg?

This is related to Cause of premature death in turtle eggs, for those interested. I have noticed that Kinosternon spp. eggs have three layers: hard outer shell white opaque membrane (like the one you ...
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Poison of the Japanese Tree Frog

The Japanese Tree Frog (Dryophytes japonica) (EN / JP) has a poison on its skin that can even make you loose your eyesight, if you touch your eyes, after touching{NOTE}. I found quite a couple of site ...
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What species of snake found in central Alabama, US?

The snake in the image below was found in the attic of a home in a relatively well-forested suburb of central Alabama, south of Birmingham about 20 minutes. It was safely released outside in the ...
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What is this animal looking like an Axolotl?

My friend caught a strange looking animal and he's saying it is an axolotl. I keep telling him it's almost impossible, since they are almost extinct in their natural environment and he caught it in St-...
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Help indentify this species of snake/worm

I stumbled upon this snake during my routine walking in the nature park near me. The location is southern India. Time if observation is 6 30 PM. The length was approximately 1 feet. I could see the ...
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How old is the Pogona genus?

What it says on the title, how old is the genus Pogona, which includes all bearded dragons? I tried looking online, and all I got was the useless answer of “bearded dragons are descended from their ...
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Are snake capable of love? (social bond in a male/female couple)

I'm wondering whether it has been noticed that some species of snake form male/female couples for life (or at least multiple reproduction cycles) like other types of animals do (penguins come to mind)....
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Why do wild lizards often tap with their front leg?

I have a lot of wild lizards (possibly Podarcis muralis) in my garden, and I have noticed some of their behavior I'd like to understand: whenever they are in 'still' position on any surface, they are ...
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Poisonous Snakes consuming poison (chemical)

While travelling with my Son to a religious shrine, we saw a dead snake lying on the road. My Son asked a curious question to me "Dad, if Poisonous snakes consume poison (Chemical), Will they die&...
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Aren't tortoise bones fused with the shell? How did this tortoise (in the post) survive without it?

I've just read this story about a tortoise that lost a good portion of its shell in a forest fire here in Brazil and got a 3D-printed prostheses. Here's the picture of it: The way it looks like, it ...
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Is the swimming pool water harmful to frogs who jump in? If so, how?

Here is an odd question: Frogs have permeable skin. Indeed, via capillary action, frogs absorb water through their skin. Chlorine is in principle a harmful substance. I am sure what percentage of ...
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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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What's the most recent common ancestor of reptiles and humans?

In the Phylogeny of humans and reptiles, what is/are some of the most recent common ancestors?
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Help identifying snake? (Southern California)

I just got home after a brief, surprise thunderstorm ... to find a pretty good size snake lounging in the breezeway at the garage side door. (Presumably, it was seeking shelter from the rain?) Could ...
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What Snake is this? (Found at my door in Raebareli, North India)

Found this snake at my door in Raebareli, North India. We of course allowed it to go away peacefully. Could someone please identify it for me?
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Help identifying leaf-like bone

I found two of these objects near a creek in Missouri. They feel like they are made out of bone but they do not look like any bone I have seen before. They also appear as though the could be some sort ...
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What is this snake in South Florida, USA

I observed this snake for about 10 minutes. It was slithering back and forth in about 50x20 yard (50x20 meter) area. Just kept going back and forth (then I left). There was a similar snake at the same ...
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What species is this turtle in Houston?

This turtle was displaced by hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, USA (Buffalo Bayou and Dunlavy). It appears to be a snapper. Can someone identify the exact species?
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What kind of salamander is this?

This guy was found in central Virginia, under a flower pot. He's about 3 inches long, because part of his tail is either missing or it's just short. He looked dried out, so of course I wet my hand, ...
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How do snakes determine the direction of prey from their thermal infrared sensing pit organs?

This answer to How does the “heat vision” of some snakes work? explains the basic idea and there are several linked sources within that go into greater detail on the sensing mechanisms on a physical ...
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What is this nighttime creature?

I almost stepped on this little critter. It blended into my garage floor. It is about about the size of my hand, with huge bulbous eyes that immediately caught my attention. There was a distinct white ...
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Water snake with a yellow criss-cross on a black background?

I saw a 60 cm long, very skinny (~15 mm diameter), black with yellow diagonal criss-cross patterned snake swimming in a pond this afternoon in northern Taiwan. It was swimming near the top of the ...
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Are there any examples of viruses that have jumped from reptile to human?

I know that there are plenty of examples of zoonosis occurring from reptiles to humans that involve bacterial pathogens, (e.g. Salmonella) but are there any instances of viruses being transferred from ...
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What is this snake

I took a picture of this snake in Switzerland (Geneva Area): It looks to be an adder but cannot be sure about which species. In Switzerland we have two kinds of adder: Vipera berus Vipera aspis ...
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What's this parasite?

Any microbiologists or parasitologists recognize this? It's from my pet bearded dragon in the eastern US and the vet's never seen it before.
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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 name of this snake?

This baby snake just came inside my house in Sri Lanka, and I'm wondering whether it is venomous. Do you know this snake? I am posting this from my phone so I am unable to format properly. And I have ...
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Can you identify this snake?

On a walk through I’ON Swamp/Natural Forest in Mt. Pleasant, SC, we came upon this snake. We did not get too close for fear it may be poisonous. It had a very dark brown/taupe exterior with almost a ...
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Did any warm blooded animals evolve back into cold blooded?

Pretty much as title says - wondering if evolution can go from mammal back to reptile - either in theory or practice.
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Differentiating Antaresia (Children's Complex) Pythons using something other than color pattern

I have a standard wild-type Children's python (Antaresia childreni) that I'm planning on breeding in the next few years and was just sold a male "Children's python" that I think might actually be a ...
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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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Why do tails of some lizards break so easily?

When I was younger once I have tried to catch a ground lizard by its tail but, unfortunately the tail got broken and the lizard ran away. Why did the lizard's tail get broken so easily while other ...