OTHER WORDS FROM ophiologyoph·i·o·log·i·cal [of-ee-uh-loj-i-kuhl, oh-fee-], /ˌɒf i əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl, ˌoʊ fi-/, oph·i·o·log·ic, adjectiveoph·i·ol·o·gist, noun
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What is an ophiologist?
An ophiologist is a scientist who studies snakes.
The study of snakes is called ophiology, which is a branch of herpetology, the study of amphibians and reptiles. While most herpetologists study a variety of amphibians and reptiles, ophiologists focus specifically on snakes.
Example: The ophiologist said that the Malagasy Leaf-Nosed Snake is the strangest snake he has ever identified.
Where does ophiologist come from?
The first records of the term ophiologist come from around the 1820s. It combines the Greek ophio-, meaning “snakelike,” and the suffix –logist, meaning “person who is knowledgeable in.”
One of the main tasks of ophiologists is to identify new species of snakes and try to determine as much as they can about them, such as where they live the most, whether their biology or behavior differs from other, similar snake species, and whether they are dangerous to humans.
Some ophiologists study a sub-branch called ethno-ophiology, which is the study of human and snake interactions. They study these interactions in relation to culture and the ecosystem.
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How is ophiologist used in real life?
Ophiology is mostly used only in zoology.
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True or False?
Ophiologists are a specific type of herpetologists.