Herpetology is a fascinating area of research, covering some of the most diverse and unique forms of vertebrate life; reptiles and amphibians. Squamata is possibly the best known order of reptiles which includes amphisbaenians, snakes and lizards. Typically these animals are thought of negativity although one cannot deny their beauty. Take for example the outstandingly vivid eyelash viper, Bothriechis schlegelii the intensely cryptic leaf tailed geckos, Uroplatus and the mysterious gharial, Gavialis gangeticus.
Turtles and tortoises, Testudines are perhaps the most overlooked order of all reptiles and they are in constant danger being overharvested owing to their slow mobility and site fidelity. Amphibians such as the jewels of the neotropical rainforests, the dart frogs, Dendrobatidae and Aromobatidae and the oversized Chinese giant salamander, Andrias davidianus all face very difficult anthropic pressures.
My hope is that by sharing my interests these subjects I might, at the very least inspire a reader to learn more about the fascinating field of herpetology and its conservation.
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