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Glossary of Herpetological Terms

... compiled by Dave Royans & Sue Knight
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Vas deferens

A duct that semen is pushed through from storage in the epididymis when ejaculation occurs.

Vent
Vent - referring to the cloaca more correctly referring to the opening of the cloaca itself.
Venter
Venter term used to describe the underside of the body.
Ventral
Ventral - term used to describe something of the Venter (the surface that touches the ground the belly).
Ventrolateral
Ventrolateral - term used to describe the sides of or near the belly.
Ventrus
Latin: Meaning Belly Ventral Scales
Vernal
Vernal - term used to describe the spring as in the vernal appearance of a snake that emerges after a period of brumation once temperatures become favourable.
Vertebral
Vertebral - term used to describe the centre of the back or the backbone itself.
virgatus
Latin: Meaning Striped
Viridi
Latin: Meaning Green
Vitellogenesis

The production and harbouring yolk stores in eggs.

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