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Glossary of Herpetological Terms

... compiled by Dave Royans & Sue Knight
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Labia
Latin: Meaning Lips
lapsus
Meaning in error or interpreted incorrectly.
Lateral
Lateral - term used to describe the side of an animal.
Lateralis
Latin: Meaning Side
Leuco
Greek: Meaning White
Lichenous

A reference to markings or patterns that have ’blurred’ edges that blend in with the background rather than stand out in contrast to them in a similar fashion to the patterns formed by lichens.

Lingua
Latin: Meaning Tongue
Lingual fossa

A groove in the upper jaw that the tongue flicks through to collect scent molecules for interpretation.

littoralis
Latin: Meaning of the waters edge or sea shore
Longitudinal
Longitudinal lines for instance are lines that travel the length of a snakes body.
LTC

Long Term Captive usually applied to a species that has been acclimatized in captivity but can also mean that it has been in captivity for more than six months

Luteus
Latin: Meaning Orange Orangey Yellow
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