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Is Your Loved One A Herpetologist?
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So you suspect your loved one might be into herpetology? Answer the following questions to find out.
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If you answered yes to any of these questions then chances are your loved one is a herpetologist.
To date, there is no known cure for being a herpetologist. In most cases, the person never overcomes their love of amphibians and reptiles. The best thing you can do is love and support them and build up a tolerance for all things creepy and crawly.
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Do they own or wish to own a reptile or amphibian?
Do they use strange terms like herps, sallies, Ranid, Crotalus, neurotoxin, envenomate, etc.?
Do they show off bites/scars from amphibians and reptiles proudly or have they ever had snake teeth stuck in their knuckle?
Have you caught them searching websites like Kingsnake.com, The Center For North American Herpetology, or The Wandering Herpetologist?
Do they run towards, instead of away, when someone yells “Snake”?
Do they become irritable or depressed when they do not find an amphibian or reptile while hiking?
Do they own strange tools called Stumpripper, Snake Tongs, Snake Hook, etc.?
Do you suspect they are stealing your pillowcases to “bag” snakes?
Are their heroes people such as Whit Gibbson, Raymond Ditmars, Robert Stebbins, etc.?
Do your neighbors call them to remove a snake from their porch or identify a frog on their window?