herpetology

noun
her·pe·tol·o·gy | \ ˌhər-pə-ˈtä-lə-jē \

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 \ adjective
herpetologist \ˌhər-pə-ˈtä-lə-jist \ noun

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Jonathan Losos, biology professor at Harvard and curator of herpetology at the university’s Museum of Comparative Zoology, talks about his latest book, Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance and the Future of Evolution. Jonathan B. Losos, Scientific American, "Does Evolution Repeat Itself?," 27 Sep. 2017 Kocak, a herpetology enthusiast and illustrator of the Black Mudpuppy webcomic (named after a type of salamander), has drawn hundreds of scientists’ avatars on Twitter — including Rabaiotti’s and Caruso’s. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Birds don’t fart, neither do sloths, and other secrets of #DoesItFart," 31 Mar. 2018 In the field of herpetology, that's not always a given. Ellen Airhart, WIRED, "These Conservationists Are Desperate to Defrost Snake Sperm," 13 Mar. 2018 Reptile and Amphibian Encounter Slither into the world of herpetology with an exclusive look into the Reptile and Amphibian House. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Zoo celebrates "Froguary"," 13 Feb. 2018 Glaudas, a herpetology postdoctoral student at South Africa's University of the Witwatersrand, knew this was unusual—no land snake is known to use such a technique to lure prey. Carrie Arnold, National Geographic, "Deadly Snake Wags Tongue to Lure Its Prey—A First," 3 Feb. 2017 Glaudas, a herpetology postdoctoral student at South Africa's University of the Witwatersrand, knew this was unusual—no land snake is known to use such a technique to lure prey. Carrie Arnold, National Geographic, "Deadly Snake Wags Tongue to Lure Its Prey—A First," 3 Feb. 2017 An Arizona resident spoke about her work at a herpetology center. Andrea Sachs, chicagotribune.com, "Want to be an adventure tour leader? You have a better chance of getting into Dartmouth.," 28 Apr. 2017 Suriname toads develop in eggs embedded in the mom’s back and eventually erupt out of the honeycombed holes, according to Greg Pauly, curator of herpetology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "A Frog Whose Babies Pop out of Its Back and More Freaky Animals," 29 Oct. 2016

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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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