her·​pe·​tol·​o·​gy | \ ˌhər-pə-ˈtä-lə-jē How to pronounce herpetology (audio) \

Definition of herpetology

: a branch of zoology dealing with reptiles and amphibians

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Other Words from herpetology

herpetological \ ˌhər-​pə-​tə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce herpetology (audio) \ adjective
herpetologist \ ˌhər-​pə-​ˈtä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce herpetology (audio) \ noun

Examples of herpetology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Little is known about the mating behavior of these creatures, which is why Greg Pauly, curator of herpetology at L.A. County’s Natural History Museum, started a community science campaign five years ago. Los Angeles Times, "Why you should spy on lizards having sex," 25 Mar. 2021 Coca growers use pesticides and fertilizers that are poisoning local waterways, according to Steffen Reichle, a Bolivian ecologist and leader of the herpetology team on the expedition. Eric Niiler, Wired, "A Bolivian 'Cloud Forest' Reveals a Bonanza of New Species," 14 Dec. 2020 Santa Claus, who in real life is herpetology collections manager Jens Vindum, reaches out to Willow, a frisky reindeer grazing on the Living Roof of the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, Calif. on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Peter Hartlaub, SFChronicle.com, "Holiday fire stations once lit up the city. Then something very San Francisco happened," 27 Nov. 2020 Scientists from both Madagascar and Germany published a report in the Salamandra Journal (a journal dedicated to herpetology), according to the Associated Press. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "This Insanely Elusive Chameleon Has Been Spotted for the First Time in 100 Years," 4 Nov. 2020 Camping and herpetology in the Shawnee National Forest, also this spring. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "Avon Lake’s The Sprout Experience hopes to grow despite pandemic," 2 Nov. 2020 The Instituto Clodomiro Picado, or ICP, named after the father of Costa Rican herpetology, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of snake antivenoms, and the only one in Central America. Myles Karp, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Lab Saving the World From Snake Bites," 21 Oct. 2020 The herpetology collection alone lost upwards of 100,000 specimens in the fires. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, "How an Expedition to the Galapagos Islands Saved One of the World’s Largest Natural History Museums," 8 Oct. 2020 Ryan Dumas, the head keeper of herpetology and fish at the Cincinnati Zoo, said in the release that the zoo was happy to provide a home for the lizards. Jeanne Houck, Cincinnati.com, "Rescued armadillo girdled lizard hidden in a stuffed animal gives birth at the Cincinnati Zoo," 18 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of herpetology

1824, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for herpetology

Greek herpeton quadruped, reptile, from neuter of herpetos crawling, from herpein

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7 Apr 2021

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“Herpetology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herpetology. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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