Herpetology - ID And General Knowledge.

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This quiz consists of identification of herps and herpers; as well as basic herpetology knowledge. Don't worry about others seeing your score - only the person that made the quiz can see the results and I won't post your score for anyone to see. The highest score so far is a 83% (Congrats Mr. B).


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The dentition of Heterodon - ____________________________

    Explanation
    for popping toads!

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  • 2. 

    ________________ (last name only) was bitten by a Dispholidus and perished shortly thereafter.

    Explanation
    Karl Patterson Schmidt was bitten by a boomslang that Marlin Perkins sent to the field museum in Chicago.

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  • 3. 

    Genus species

    Explanation
    The correct answer is Plethodon fourchensis, Plethodon fouchensis. This answer suggests that there are two species within the Plethodon genus, one named fourchensis and the other named fouchensis. The names of species within a genus are typically written in italics, and the first letter of the genus name is capitalized while the species name is not.

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  • 4. 

    The genus of Amphisbaenids that have two front legs and can be found in Baja California - _____________

    Explanation
    The correct answer is Bipes. Bipes is the genus of Amphisbaenids that have two front legs and can be found in Baja California. Carl Franklin LOL is not a valid genus and does not provide any relevant information to the question.

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  • 5. 

    The only family of Amphisbaenids indigenous to the continental US >  _________________

    Explanation
    Rhineuridae is the correct answer because it is the only family of Amphisbaenids that is native to the continental US. This means that all other families of Amphisbaenids are not found in the continental US, making Rhineuridae the only option.

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  • 6. 

    Genus and species

    Explanation
    Holbrookia maculata is the correct answer because it represents the genus and species of a specific organism. Genus and species are the two most important taxonomic ranks used in classifying and naming living organisms. In this case, "Holbrookia" is the genus and "maculata" is the species. By providing both the genus and species, the answer accurately identifies a particular species within the Holbrookia genus.

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  • 7. 

    The dentition of elapids

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "proteroglyphous, proteroglyphic." Elapids are a family of venomous snakes, and their dentition is characterized by having fixed, hollow fangs located in the front of their upper jaw. This type of dentition is called "proteroglyphous," meaning that the fangs are permanently erect and cannot be folded back. The term "proteroglyphic" is an adjective form of "proteroglyphous" and refers to the specific dental arrangement found in elapids.

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  • 8. 

    __________________  (last name only) published Snakes and Snakes Hunting

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Kauffeld, kauffeld, kaufeld". This answer is the last name of the author who published the book "Snakes and Snakes Hunting". The repetition of the last name in different capitalizations suggests that the author's last name is spelled in different ways, but all variations are considered correct.

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  • 9. 

    Genus and species

    Explanation
    Bitis parviocula refers to the scientific name of a specific species within the Bitis genus. In taxonomy, organisms are classified into different levels, with genus being a higher level and species being a lower level. The combination of the genus and species name, in this case Bitis parviocula, helps to uniquely identify and classify this particular species within the larger group of organisms in the Bitis genus.

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  • 10. 

    The largest family of salamanders ________________________________

    Explanation
    Plethodontidae is the correct answer because it is the largest family of salamanders. This family includes over 400 species of lungless salamanders, which are found throughout the Americas. They are known for their diverse range of habitats and adaptations, including their ability to breathe through their skin. Plethodontidae is characterized by their small size, lack of lungs, and unique reproductive strategies. They play an important role in ecosystems as both predators and prey, and their conservation is crucial for maintaining biodiversity.

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  • 11. 

    The largest elapid collection in any US zoo is found at this zoo

    Explanation
    The correct answer is Dallas Zoo. The explanation is that the Dallas Zoo has the largest elapid collection among all the zoos in the United States. This means that they have the greatest number and variety of elapid snakes, which include venomous species like cobras and mambas.

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  • 12. 

    The order of legless amphibians>  ________________________

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Apoda, Gymnophiona". The order of legless amphibians is Apoda, which includes caecilians, and Gymnophiona, which also includes caecilians. Both orders belong to the class Amphibia and are characterized by their lack of limbs.

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  • 13. 

    Genus and species please

    Explanation
    The given answer consists of four options: Calumma parsonii, Chamaeleo parsonii, Chamaeleo parsoni, and Calumma parsoni. These options represent the genus and species names of a particular organism. The correct answer cannot be determined without additional context or information.

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  • 14. 

    You are tromping through the woods in the Ouachita mountains of eastern Oklahoma and you discover a salamander under a rock on a tiny island in a stream. It is approximately 6 inches long and dark in color. Name the genus ________________

  • 15. 

    Genus and species

    Explanation
    The given answer "Lachesis muta, Lachesis muta muta" refers to the genus and species names of two different organisms. "Lachesis muta" represents the genus and species name of one organism, while "Lachesis muta muta" represents the genus and species name of another organism. The comma between the two names indicates that they are separate entities.

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  • 16. 

    Name this herpetologist (first and last name)

    Explanation
    The given correct answer includes four possible names for the herpetologist: William Cooper, Bill Cooper, Dr. Cooper, and Dr. Bill Cooper. These variations cover different ways in which the herpetologist could be referred to, including both their first and last name, as well as their title.

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  • 17. 

    Genus species

    Explanation
    The correct answer is a list of names that represent different species within the genus Crotalus. "Genus species" is a way of naming and classifying organisms in the Linnaean taxonomy system. In this case, Crotalus is the genus and lepidus and klauberi are the species. The answer includes both the species names individually (lepidus, klauberi) and the combination of the genus and species names (Crotalus lepidus, Crotalus klauberi). It also includes the full scientific name for one of the species, Crotalus lepidus klauberi.

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  • 18. 

    First and last name

    Explanation
    This question is asking for the first and last name of a person. The correct answer is "Roger Conant" because it provides both the first and last name of the person. The other options, "Dr. Conant" and "Conant," only provide the last name or a title with the last name, but not the first name. Therefore, they are not the correct answer.

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  • 19. 

    Genus and species

    Explanation
    The given answer lists two names, "Crocodylus cataphractus" and "Mecistops cataphractus". These names are examples of binomial nomenclature, which is the system used to classify and name organisms. In this system, the genus name (in this case, "Crocodylus" and "Mecistops") represents a group of closely related species, while the species name (in this case, "cataphractus") is unique to each species within the genus. Therefore, "Crocodylus cataphractus" and "Mecistops cataphractus" are two different species, each belonging to a different genus.

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  • 20. 

    genus and species

    Explanation
    Brookesia perarmata is the correct answer because it represents the genus and species of a specific organism. The genus refers to a group of closely related species, and the species is the most specific level of classification within the genus. In this case, "Brookesia" is the genus and "perarmata" is the species.

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  • 21. 

    The genus and species of the small vine snake that barely enters Arizona south of Tucson. _________________________

    Explanation
    The correct answer is Oxybelis aeneus. This is the scientific name for the small vine snake that barely enters Arizona south of Tucson. Oxybelis aneus is not the correct species name for this snake.

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  • 22. 

    Genus and species

    Explanation
    Deirochelys reticularia is the scientific name for the species commonly known as the chicken turtle. The term "genus and species" refers to the classification system used in biology to categorize living organisms. In this case, Deirochelys is the genus and reticularia is the species. The use of the scientific name helps to ensure clarity and accuracy when referring to specific species, as common names can vary across regions and languages.

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  • 23. 

    The name of the scutes on the outermost part of a turtle shell. ________________ (plural)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "marginals." Marginals are the name given to the scutes on the outermost part of a turtle shell. These scutes provide protection and support to the turtle's shell. They are arranged in a series of overlapping rows, forming the distinctive pattern seen on the shell.

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  • 24. 

    Genus and species

    Explanation
    The correct answer includes two options: Emys blandingii and Emydoidea blandingii. These are the genus and species names of two different species. The first option, Emys blandingii, refers to a specific species within the genus Emys. The second option, Emydoidea blandingii, refers to a different species within the genus Emydoidea. Both options are valid answers as they represent distinct species within their respective genera.

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  • 25. 

    The scute on a plastron just below the head ________________

    Explanation
    The scute on a plastron just below the head is called the gular scute.

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  • 26. 

    Which of the following scales is closest to the snout on a snake?

    • A.

      Frontal

    • B.

      Internasal

    • C.

      Rostral

    • D.

      Supraocular

    Correct Answer
    C. Rostral
    Explanation
    The rostral scale is the scale on the snake that is closest to its snout. This scale is located at the tip of the snake's head and is often larger and more prominent than the other scales. It helps to protect the snake's delicate snout and aids in sensing its environment.

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  • 27. 

    Genus and species

    Correct Answer
    Glyptemys insculpta
    Clemmys insculpta
    Explanation
    The given answer suggests that both "Glyptemys insculpta" and "Clemmys insculpta" are the correct genus and species names. It is possible that these are alternative scientific names for the same species, or they may represent different species within the same genus. Without further information, it is difficult to determine the exact relationship between these two names.

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  • 28. 

    Which of the following scales is not found on the head of a snake

    • A.

      Prefrontal

    • B.

      Parietal

    • C.

      Internasal

    • D.

      Costal

    Correct Answer
    D. Costal
    Explanation
    The prefrontal, parietal, and internasal scales are all found on the head of a snake. However, the costal scale is not found on the head, but rather on the body of a snake. The costal scales are the large scales that run along the sides of the snake's body, overlapping each other to provide protection and flexibility.

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  • 29. 

    What is the name of this gland?

    Correct Answer
    mental
    mental gland
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "mental gland". The question is asking for the name of a gland, and the options given are "mental" and "mental gland". Both options are correct as they refer to the same gland. Therefore, the correct answer is "mental, mental gland".

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  • 30. 

    The groove found on Plethodontids between the nose and mouth.

    Correct Answer
    Nasolabial
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Nasolabial." Nasolabial refers to the groove found on Plethodontids between the nose and mouth. This term is commonly used in anatomy to describe the area between the nose and upper lip.

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  • 31. 

    The name of the long bone of fused vertebrae found in anurans

    Correct Answer
    urostyle
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "urostyle." In anurans, which are a type of amphibian, the urostyle is a long bone that is formed by the fusion of vertebrae. This bone is located in the posterior part of the body and is an important skeletal structure that provides support and flexibility for the tail. The urostyle plays a crucial role in the locomotion and jumping abilities of anurans.

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  • 32. 

    The membrane that covers crocodilian eyes for protection while underwater 

    Correct Answer
    nictitating
    nictating
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "nictitating." This term refers to the membrane that covers crocodilian eyes for protection while underwater. Crocodiles have a third eyelid, known as the nictitating membrane, which acts as a clear protective shield. This membrane allows them to see underwater without damaging their eyes.

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  • 33. 

    Genus and species

    Correct Answer
    Gyalopion canum
    Explanation
    The given answer "Gyalopion canum" is the correct answer because it represents the genus and species of a particular organism. In taxonomy, the genus is a rank above species and represents a group of closely related species. The species name, in this case, "canum," further specifies the particular species within the genus Gyalopion. Therefore, "Gyalopion canum" is the correct answer as it accurately identifies the organism's genus and species.

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  • 34. 

    What are the two suborders of turtles?

    Correct Answer
    Cryptodira Pleurodira
    Pleurodira Cryptodira
    pleurodira cryptodira
    cryptodira pleurodira
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Cryptodira and Pleurodira. These are the two suborders of turtles.

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  • 35. 

    Genus and species

    Correct Answer
    Emydura subglobosa
    Explanation
    Emydura subglobosa is the correct answer because it is a specific genus and species of a turtle. The question is asking for the genus and species, and Emydura subglobosa fits this criteria.

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  • 36. 

    Genus and species

    Correct Answer
    Uta stansburiana
    Explanation
    Uta stansburiana is the scientific name for a species of lizard commonly known as the side-blotched lizard. The scientific name consists of two parts: the genus (Uta) and the species (stansburiana). The genus represents a group of closely related species, while the species is a specific type within that genus. In this case, Uta is the genus and stansburiana is the species. The combination of the two names helps scientists classify and identify different species accurately.

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  • 37. 

    Which of the following animals has a septum separating the ventricle of the heart?

    • A.

      Crocodylus rhombifer

    • B.

      Dendrobates tinctorius

    • C.

      Brookesia perarmata

    • D.

      Dendroaspis polylepis

    • E.

      Rana blairi

    Correct Answer
    A. Crocodylus rhombifer
    Explanation
    Crocodylus rhombifer has a septum separating the ventricle of the heart. This means that there is a wall dividing the ventricle into two separate chambers. This is an important adaptation for reptiles like crocodiles, as it allows for efficient oxygenation of blood and prevents the mixing of oxygenated and deoxygenated blood.

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  • 38. 

    Larval amphibians and adults often have a different nitrogenous waste. What are they (juvenile first then adult)

    • A.

      Uric acid, urea

    • B.

      Urea, ammonia

    • C.

      Ammonia, urea

    • D.

      Ammonia uric acid

    Correct Answer
    C. Ammonia, urea
    Explanation
    Larval amphibians excrete ammonia as their nitrogenous waste, while adult amphibians excrete urea. Ammonia is highly toxic and requires a lot of water to dilute and excrete, which is why it is more suitable for aquatic larvae. Urea, on the other hand, is less toxic and requires less water for excretion, making it more suitable for adult amphibians that live on land.

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  • 39. 

    The "third eye" of reptiles is the pineal gland. This gland is critical in biological rhythms and produces a hormone that is inhibited by light but not by darkness. As winter approaches and days shorten in higher latitudes this hormone becomes more abundant while during the summer when days lengthen and nights shorten this hormone becomes less abundant. Which of the following is this critical hormone?

    • A.

      Glucocorticoids

    • B.

      Grwoth hormone

    • C.

      Prolactin

    • D.

      Melatonin

    • E.

      Thymosin

    Correct Answer
    D. Melatonin
    Explanation
    Melatonin is the critical hormone produced by the pineal gland in reptiles. It is inhibited by light and not darkness, and its production increases as winter approaches and days shorten in higher latitudes. During summer, when days lengthen and nights shorten, melatonin becomes less abundant. Melatonin plays a crucial role in biological rhythms and is responsible for regulating sleep-wake cycles and other physiological processes.

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  • 40. 

    Calcium metabolism is critical to the proper physiology of reptiles and amphibans. There is calcitonin that decreases blood calcium levels and parathyroid hormone which increases blood calcium levels (along with Vitamin D which can be either ingested or produced by the skin). What gland is responsible for producing calcitonin?

    • A.

      Adrenal

    • B.

      Pancreas

    • C.

      Pituitary

    • D.

      Hypothalamus

    • E.

      Thyroid

    Correct Answer
    E. Thyroid
    Explanation
    The thyroid gland is responsible for producing calcitonin. Calcitonin helps to decrease blood calcium levels by inhibiting the release of calcium from bones and promoting its excretion by the kidneys. This hormone plays a crucial role in regulating calcium metabolism in reptiles and amphibians.

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  • 41. 

    Name the only deadly venomous and poisonous snake known to science. ________ ________ ________ See photo

    Correct Answer
    Rhabdophis tigrinus/ tiger keelback/ kkotbaem
    Yamakagashi
    Rhabdophis
    Explanation
    Rhabdophis tigrinus, also known as Yamakagashi, is the only snake known to science that is both deadly venomous and poisonous. This snake possesses both venom glands and toxic glands, making it a unique and dangerous species. The venom is used to immobilize its prey, while the poison is produced in the nuchal glands located on the back of its neck. If threatened, the snake can arch its neck and release this poison, which can cause severe harm or even death to its predators or potential threats.

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