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Glossary of Herpetological Terms

... compiled by Dave Royans & Sue Knight
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Greek: Meaning Belly Ventral scales
gen. nov
abbreviation for genus novus meaning a newly descriped species
Genera is the plural of genus.

An individuals DNA including the influence of environmental variance and the genetic genome associated with the individual. Usually a reference to the combination of alleles a specific organism carries for instance homozygous or heterozygous for a particular trait.

genus novus
a newly descriped species
The development of an embryo inside a female animal until it is fully developed and ready for birth. In humans we call commonly call it pregnancy
Gestation period
The period of egg development while the egg is still inside the female before laying. The period of time it takes for an embryo to fully develop inside the female in live bearing animals.
A tube-like structure that is projected from the lower jaw of a snake whilst food is being ingested to facilitate unimpeded breathing while eating large food items.
Latin: Meaning Lines
Latin: Meaning Large
A term used to describe a female reptile which is carrying eggs or young.
Green Tree Python
This site has information on the following genera of Ratsnakes ... Spilotes, Spalerosophis, Ptyas, Zamenis, Elaphe, Rhinechis, Senticolis, Pseudelaphe, Pantherophis, Bogertophis, Orthriophis, Gonyosoma, Oreocryptophis, Oocatochus, Euprepiophis, Coelognathus, Archelaphe