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click to see illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowAnterior - Toward the front.

click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowAnnulated - Having ringed segments.

Arboreal - Living in or among the trees.

Axilla - Armpit or underarm, the area on the body under the joint where the arm connects to the shoulder.

 

 

 

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Basking - Holding the body in a position directly exposed to the sun.

click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowBifurcated - Divided into two, forked.

 

 

 

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click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowCanthus Rostralis - Slight ridge separating the top and side surfaces of the mouth in some amphibians and reptiles, normally extending from the front corner of the eye to the nostril. (pl. Canthi Rostrales)

click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowCasque - The upward projecting cap or helmet at the back of a chameleon's head.

Caudally - of, at, or near the tail or the posterior end of the body. see Posterior.

CB - Captive born. Born in captivity to wild caught parents.

CBB - Captive born and bred. Born in captivity to parents who were mated in captivity.

Congenital - A condition that exists at birth - generally inherited

Cranial - Of or denoting the skull.

click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowCrest - A bony or scaly extrusion.

click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowCloaca- The opening used for urinary, digestive, and reproductive discharges (Vent). It is located at the base of the tail.

Clutch - The complete set of eggs produced or incubated at one time.

click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowConical - Cone shaped.

Conspecific - Of or belonging to the same species; an organism belonging to the same species as another.

Culling - generally refers to allowing the death of offspring which may be malformed or unhealthy.

 

 

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click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowDorsal - Pertaining to the back.

Dystocia - Egg Binding. Dystocia can occur in live-bearing and ovoviviparous species. Also refers to difficult or problematic births.

Dominant - an inherited trait that will express itself in an offspring.

 

Ectothermic - Of or relating to an organism that regulates its body temperature largely by exchanging heat with its surroundings; cold-blooded.

 

 

 

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click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowFlank - The fleshy side of a person or animal between the ribs and hip.

F1 - see Filal Generation

Filial Generation - The different generations involved in breeding experiments. F1 is the first filial or filial-one generation i.e. the (the parents are known as the P generation); F2 is the second filial or filial-two generation. Members of this generation are two generations remote from the original parent generation. F0 may be used to describe the parents and/or WC wild caught specimens.

 

 

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Genotype - The actual genetic make-up of an individual as determined by its genes.

click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowGravid- Pregnant; carrying developing young or eggs.

click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowGular - Connected to the chin.

Gutload - The process of feeding a feeder insect nutritious food before offering it as food. Gutload can also be used as a noun when referring to the nutritionally balanced food offered to the insect. See Gutload recipe

 

 

 

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click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowHemipenal Bulge - The swollen area of the tail base created by the presence of the male sexual organ (hemipenis) see also cloaca.

click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowHeterogeneous Squamation - Scales of varied colors sizes or patterns.

click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowHomogeneous Squamation - Scales of the same color or pattern.

Husbandry - Husbandry is the process of caring for and breeding the same species to produce viable offspring for one or more generations.

 

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click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowInterstitial Skin - The skin that fills between scales.

Inbreeding - the breeding of two closely related individuals within one generation, ie. brother to sister, father to daughter, etc.

 

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click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowLateral - Pertaining to the side of the body.

click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowLenticular - Double convex, shaped like a lentil.

click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowLongitudinal - Lengthwise.

 

 

 

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Montane - Pertaining to mountainous terrain or species dwelling in mountains. 

 

 

 

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click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowOccipital - Pertaining to the back of the head.

click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowOviparous - Egg laying, reproducing by laying eggs that hatch OUTSIDE the females body.

click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowOviposition - The act of egg laying.

click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowOvoviviparous - Reproducing by eggs which the female carries in her body until they hatch.

click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowOvipositor - A tubular structure, usually concealed but sometimes extending outside the abdomen, with which many female insects deposit eggs.

 

 

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Parity - The condition of having given birth; the state or fact of having borne offspring.

click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowParietal- Pertaining to the bones forming the roof and sides of the skull.

Phenotype - The outward appearance; The observed or measured expression of a trait for an individual.

 click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowPosterior - Toward the rear.

POTZ - Preferred Optimal Temperature Zone or the temperature range a reptile is most comfortable in when a variety of temperatures are available.

click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowPrehensile - Adapted for grasping or grabbing by wrapping around; the chameleons tail.

 

 

 

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Recessive - an inherited trait that may remain hidden or suppressed.

click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowRostral - Pertaining to the part of the head from the mouth tip to the nostrils; of or pertaining to the beak or snout of an animal.

click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowRostral Process - Protrusion from the snout.

click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowRostral Horn - An annulated horn protruding from the anterior tip of the snout.

click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowRostrum - Beak, the most anterior part of the head, snout.

 

 

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Scalation - The arrangement of scales on the body of reptiles. see also Squamation

click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowSexual Dimorphism - The existence of noticeable physical differences in males and females.

click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowSpatulate - Flat, like a spatula.

click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowSpermatophore - A spermatophore is a capsule or mass created by males of various invertebrate species, containing spermatozoa and transferred in entirety to the female's ovipore during copulation.

click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowSpermatophylax - A mass of gelatinous material that the male secretes around the spermatophore immediately after inserting the spermatophore tube into the female. The female consumes the spermatophylax as the spermtophore empties its contents into her spermatheca

click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowSpinose - Shaped like a thorn.

Squamation - The arrangement of scales. (see homogeneous squamation and heterogeneous squamation). see also Scalation

click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowStriation - The quality of being marked by stripes or striae.

SVL - Snout to Vent Length -the length of the animal from the tip of their snout to the anterior edge of the clocoa or vent, or the length of the body excluding the tail.

 

 

 

 

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click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowTarsal Spur - An outgrowth on the heel. 

Thanatosis - Posture suggestive of death "playing possum".

Thermoregulation - Control of body temperature through behavioral or physiological means i.e. basking and color change. 

TTL - Total Length -the length of the animal from the tip of their snout to the end of the tail

click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowTubercles - Warty protuberances. A round nodule, small eminence, or warty outgrowth found on bones, skin, or within the lungs in tuberculosis

 

 

 

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click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowVentral - Pertaining to the lower portion of the body or its parts; toward the belly or underside of the animal.

 

 

 

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WC - Wild caught. An animal that was born in the wild and captured.

 

 

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click to see term illustration - opens in a new pop-up windowZygodactyl - Having the first and fourth toes of each foot directed backward and the second and third forward.

 

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