the scientific description of reptiles. —herpetographical, adj.herpetologyZoology. the study of reptiles and amphibians. —herpetologist, n. —herpetologic, herpetological, adj.herpetophobia
an abnormal fear of reptiles. Also called ophidiophobia.
an abnormal love of reptiles.
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During the colder months these reptiles remain in a torpid state.
These great reptiles may attain a length of To ft.; they feed on small animals which they crush to death in their folds.
Dvina, Glossopteris, Noeggerathiopsis and other ferns characteristic of the Indian Gondwana beds have been found; and with these are numerous remains of reptiles similar to those which occur in the Indian deposits.
It was quickly seen - even by those who held Archaeopteryx to be a reptile - that it was a form intermediate between existing birds and existing reptiles; while those who were convinced by Sir R.
Starting from the basis " that the phrase `birds are greatly modified reptiles' would hardly be an exaggerated expression of the closeness " of the resemblance between the two classes, which he had previously brigaded under the name of Sauropsida (as he had brigaded the Pisces and Amphibia as Ichthyopsida), he drew in bold outline both their likenesses and their differences, and then proceeded to inquire how the A y es could be most appropriately subdivided into orders, suborders and families.