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12-29-2012 02:33 PM
TheDrake herpetology is an odd scientific discipline. reptiles and amphibians are not each other's closest relatives, although they do have a fair number of biological similarities. but it's like creating a new discipline for bats and birds simply because most of them fly. funny really. I think amphibians have about as much in common with fish, especially when it comes to husbandry, particularly water quality and filtration. there is a group of scientists called the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH) that share an interest in all these beasts.
11-02-2012 02:54 PM
Ihs 'A' to marco n hybrid for their knowledge in Greek language.. :P
Even though that 'H' in herpeton confused me a bit..then again a greek word written in latin characters doesnt make much sense either way..
10-30-2012 05:05 AM
Sethjohnson30 Nice op, I was wondering the same thing.

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10-30-2012 04:42 AM
zankotsu love some etymology.
10-26-2012 06:22 PM
HybridHerp To add, herpetoculture is the technical term for the keeping of reptiles in captivity, but some often mistakenly call it herpeculture.
10-20-2012 03:20 PM
@marko@ herpeton is greek for "creeping animal"
originally, reptiles and amphibians were grouped together taxonomically in the same clase, herpetile.
from herpetile, we derived the shortened term herp.
10-19-2012 09:00 PM
lochaber Was on a field trip with a herpetologist a few years back, and he said it came from some greek word that more or less meant 'creepy-crawlies'.

10-19-2012 07:19 PM
chunkychun I learn something new everyday on this forum! Thanks
10-19-2012 06:52 PM
Acro Sometimes they are refered to as "herptiles".
Rarely they are refered to as "herpetofauna", but that word is out there.
Most just refer to the group as "herps".
"herpes" is something you don't want, even if you are the most dedicated keeper.

10-19-2012 05:17 PM
Originally Posted by Soothing Shrimp View Post
herpetology is the branch of zoology dealing with reptiles and amphibians.
That is my "FUN FACT OF THE DAY"
10-19-2012 03:09 PM
Soothing Shrimp herpetology is the branch of zoology dealing with reptiles and amphibians.
10-19-2012 02:07 PM
why are reptiles and amph called Herp?

First thought was herpes and I was very confused.....

nevermind, i guess i should of google first then post...

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