A herpetologist might have envied me the hour I spent upon that log in the company of Gabriel the Bambarra.
He would be a physiologist or a biologist or an anatomist or even a herpetologist, but none should call him “scientist.”
"study of reptiles," 1816, from French herpétologie (18c.), coined from Greek herpeton "reptile," literally "creeping thing," from herpein "to creep" (see serpent) + logia (see -logy). Related: Herpetologist.