What Is A Herp? (Examples)

herps - frog, newt and a snake

A herp is commonly referred to as a reptile or an amphibian. Herp is short for herpetofauna and comes from the Greek word herpes, which means crawling things or creeping animal.

All herps are “cold-blooded” which means they lack an internal thermostat. Instead, they must regulate body heat through their interactions with the environment.

Other names associated with herp (Reptile and Amphibian)

  • Herpetology – The study of reptiles and amphibians (Crawling things)
  • Herpetologist – Someone who has had formal training in reptiles and amphibians.
  • Herp Sitter – Somebody looks after, and care’s for reptiles and amphibians that don’t belong to them.
  • Herper – People that have an interest in herpetology who keeps reptiles and amphibians as pets.

Herp examples

Reptiles

  • Lizards
  • Snakes
  • Turtles
  • Chameleons
  • Dinosaurs
  • Crocodiles
  • Geckos

Amphibians

  • Frogs
  • Toads
  • Salamanders
  • Newts
  • Caecilians 
  • Blindworm, also called a slowworm

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