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Glossary of Herpetological Terms

... compiled by Dave Royans & Sue Knight
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Rale
"Meaning a sound like crackling when heard via a stethoscope caused from a build up of fluid in the lungs or blocked airways. Also used when the sound is heard in snakes suffering from a respiratory infection. "
Recognition Species Concept

This concept defines any animal that recognises another as a potential mate to be the same species. This concept has certain serious flaws hybrids would be classed as species for instance.

Refugia
Refugia - term used to describe cover both natural and artificial. Artificial refugia (felt corragated iron sheets etc) is often used to undertake population studies associated term - flipping tin.
Regurgitation

The process of a snake forcing its meal back up usually caused by stress if voluntary or physical palpitation manipulation to determine stomach contents.

Reproductive isolating mechanism
Any environmental; behavioural; mechanical; and physiological barrier that prevents two individuals of different populations producing viable offspring.
Reptilia
Reptilia is the Class of animals that contains Orders Suborders Families Genus and species of reptiles.
Reptiliary
Meaning an open air enclosure usually for multiple occupants.
Retic
Latin: Meaning Network
Reticulations
Reticulations - used to describe patterns with a net like lattice.
Rhin
Latin: Meaning Nose
rhizophorarum
Latin: Meaning of the mangroves
RI
Respiratory infection
Riparian
Living by streams or rivers
Ritual Combat
"Competition between males for dominance and breeding rights."
rubellus
Latin: Meaning Reddish
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