Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations

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  1. peterjohnson64

    peterjohnson64 Very Well-Known Member

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    I had a PM recently from a new member asking me what some terms were. I guess they were to embarassed to ask publically. Now, I know what you are thinking. Why me? Yes, I thought the same. BUt anyway, how about we make up a glossary of terms & abbreviations that people can read so that they understand all of our jibberings.

    Even a very simple example was Moreliaman. He obviously has a great knowledge of pythons but still needed prompting on what a GTP was. I know that to me it is a $70,000 falcon!!!

    The post could end up as one of those "Sticky" ones that is always easily accessible.

    Some examples to start us off:

    BHP - Black Headed Python
    GTP - Green Tree Python
    Accies - Varanus Acantherus (sp), Ridge Tailed Monitor (is this right?)
    Vitticeps - Central Bearded Dragons (we can't expect people to know scientific names)
    Barbata - Eastern Bearded Dragon
    Mac - Anterisia Macolusa (sp) Spotted Python formerley Liasis Childreni

    If there are any people who would like to see this post please let us know here.

    If there is anything you would like added please PM me.

    If you would like to contribute then merely add to this post.

    Cheers

    confused.
     
  2. Gilleni

    Gilleni Well-Known Member

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    Lacie: Lace monitor.

    Bells: Bells phase lace monitor (particular colour form with much wider and bolder banding than normal ones))
     
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    Mangles Subscriber Subscriber

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    Some others I have seen on this site:

    GTS: Green tree snake
    BTS: Brown tree snake
    MD: Murray Darling Python
     
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    oh i just thought of another one..
    EWD= eastern water dragon
     
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    hey whats SFR???? i think it has something to do with roaches ???
     
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    peterjohnson64 Very Well-Known Member

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    Thats twice now Megz!!! this is spooky!! 8)
     
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    SFR: Speckled Feeder Roaches
     
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    peterjohnson64 Very Well-Known Member

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    Thanks to xome very helpful member we now stand at a list of about 38 items.

    Species nicknames: BHP, GTP, Mac, Lacie, Bells, Vitties, Vitticeps, Barbata, Beardie, EWD, Coastal, GTS, BTS, Night Tiger, MD, Bredli, ELN

    Other Terms: Terrestial, ARboreal, Intergrade, Hybrid, ARP, Hypo, Hyper, GRavid, URS, Pinkie, fuzzy, Nocturnal, Diurnal, Femoral Pore, Preanal Pore, Slug, Herp, Herper, Herping, SFR.

    Should I add "WTF"?

    Folks, I know that most of you know all of these answers and probably think that I am a big loser for doing this. The responses I have had are from people who have been in a position where they didn't know what these things mean. It is terrible when you try to become part of a group but you don't know their jargon. Surely giving a list like this will show that we actually WELCOME people into this forum and want them to learn as much as possible We are not like dog breeders. We dont keep all our knowledge to ourselves as a big secret so no-one can have what we have.

    Keep senmding the ideas. this is going quite well I think.
     
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    nah you've probably just seen my ideas on the other sites and thought they were so great and decided to copy me :lol: :p :wink: :mrgreen: (are they enough smiley faces?)


    hmmm what are some other terms.. well we could go into ones like
    LOL = laugh out loud
    IMO = in my opinion
    BTW = by the way

    bluies= blue tongue lizard
    dragon = type of lizard... i've told people that i have dragons and they look at me like i'm crazy... untill i say that their a type of lizard and No they dont breath fire or fly :lol:
    well thats all for now..
    Megz


    thats weird...well scrap the BTW one.. cos it just automatically changes
     
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    maybe add some like freshie, saltie and retic. Although they don't pop up much they do come up from time to time in the exotics section. And one a lot of people know all to well...

    Broke = A financial situation suffered by a herper during the quest to save for that next valuble purchase. Most commonly seen in thoses with the urge to own more expensive specimens such as GTP's and RSP's. :lol:

    Oh there's another one...
    RSP - Rough Scaled Python
     
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    FS - For Sale
    WTB - Want To Buy
     
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    CB - Captive Bred
    WC - Wild Caught
    Het - Heterozygous
    Hypo - Hypomelanistic
    Hyper - Hypermelanistic
     
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    And further to Reptilegirls defs...

    BT - blue tongue lizard
    PMSL - LOL + a wet patch.
     
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    africancichlidau Almost Legendary

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    Correct me if I am wrong but I don't think Maccies have ever been known as Liasis Childreni? Known as childrens python yes but not as Childreni. When the "Childrens Pythons" were recognised as seperate sub-species they were split as Childreni, Maculosa and Stimsoni I believe but it wouldn't be the first time I have been wrong :)
     
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    Great sticky idea Pete.

    How about "WTB" - wanted to buy

    I've always wondered what does "SIIK" mean? I don't think it is the same as "SICK" in todays kidspeak. Stuffed if I know.
     
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    africancichlidau Almost Legendary

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    Hey Jeff, seeing as you are here, how about correcting me if I am wrong in my post before yours?
     
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    africancichlidau Almost Legendary

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    IBD = Inclusion Body Disease
    MBD = Metabolic Bone Disease
     
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    TOD = Top of descent (= reptile-safe insecticide)
    BC = Breeders Choice (= paper kitty litter used as substrate)
    AHS = Australian Herpetological Society
    VHS = Victorian Herpetological Society
    DEC = Dept. of Environment and Conservation
    DEH = Dept. of Environment and Heritage
    NPWS = National Parks and Wildlife
    OPMV = Ophidian Paramyxovirus
    RBBS = Red-bellied Black Snake
    Blotchie = Blotched Bluetongue
    Crix = crickets
    Gex = Geckos
    Venomoid = an elapid that has had it's venom glands surgically removed.

    APS = Aussie Pythons and Snakes

    Afro - I think you'll find that Maccies were, a long time ago, just considered a coastal population of childreni, before they were given subspecific status and later elevated to a species outright.

    :p

    Hix
     
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    peterjohnson64 Very Well-Known Member

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    With Reptilegirls absolutely spectacular input this is what we have so far.

    WORD MEANING

    Arboreal: at least partially tree dwelling
    Accies: Ridge Tailed Monitor - Varanus Acantherus
    AHS: Australian Herpetological Society
    APS: Aussie Pythons and Snakes
    ARP: Australian Reptile Park

    Barbata: Eastern Bearded Dragon - pogona barbata
    BC: Breeders Choice - paper kitty litter used as substrate
    beardie: bearded dragon
    Bells: Bells phase lace monitor
    BHP: Black Headed Python - aspidites melanocephalus
    Blotchie: Blotched Bluetongue - tiliqua nigroluteea
    bluies: blue tongue lizard - tiliqua
    BT: blue tongue lizard - tiliqua
    BTS: Brown tree snake - boiga irreglaris
    BTW: by the way

    Candling: A process where you can shine a torch into reptile eggs to determine if the contents are alive
    CB: Captive Bred
    Crix: crickets

    DEC: Dept. of Environment and Conservation
    DEH: Dept. of Environment and Heritage
    diurnal: active during the day
    dragon: type of lizard

    ELN: eastern long neck turtle
    ES: Eddison Screw referrign to screw type light bulb fitting
    EWD: eastern water dragon

    femoral pore: pores on inside of thigh, more promident in males.
    freshie: fresh water Crocodile
    FS: For Sale
    fuzzy: Refers to a baby mouse/rat just starting to get fur.

    Gex: Geckos
    Gravid: Pregnant
    GTP: Green Tree Python - Chondro viridis
    GTS: Green tree snake - dendrelaphis punctulata

    Hatchy: Hatchling
    Herp: a reptile or amphibian
    herper: a reptile or amphibian enthusiast
    herping: looking for wild reptiles or amphibians
    Het: Heterozygous
    Hybrid: Cross breed of two species. Most Commonly Coastal Carpet and Diamond Python
    Hyper: Short for Hypermelanistic - An increase in Melanin over the body i.e. more black than normal.
    Hypo: Short for Hypomelanistic where a species lacks black pigment

    IBD: Inclusion Body Disease
    IMO: in my opinion
    Intergrade: Referes to merging of one species into another i.e. Diamond Pythons merging with Coastal Carpets in Northern NSW
    IR: Infra Red, referring to light bulbs

    Juvie: Juvenile

    Lacie: Lace monitor.
    LOL: laugh out loud

    Mac: Spotted Python - Anterisia Macolusa
    MBD: Metabolic Bone Disease
    MD: Murray Darling Python - morelia spilota metcalfei

    Nocturnal: active during night time
    NPWS: National Parks and Wildlife

    OPMV: Ophidian Paramyxovirus

    pinkie: Refers to a baby mouse/rat before it gets fur
    pit: an outdoor enclosure with walls 1m+ and no roof
    PMSL: LOL + a wet patch.
    preanal pore: same as formoral pore but situated infront of vent

    RBBS: Red-bellied Black Snake
    Retic: Reticulated Python
    RI: Respiratory Infection
    RSP: Rough Scaled Python

    saltie: salt water Crocodile
    SFR: Speckled Feeder Roaches

    Temp Gradient: A change in temperatures from a heat source to a cooler area
    Terrestial: Ground dwelling
    Thermoregulation: The ability to regulate ones own temperature
    Thermostat: A device to measure the temperature of a cage
    TOD: Top of descent - reptile-safe insecticide

    URS: ultimate reptile suppliers

    Ven/Veno: Venemous Snake
    Venomoid: an elapid that has had it's venom glands surgically removed.
    VHS: Victorian Herpetological Society
    Vitties/Vitticeps: Central Bearded Dragons - pogona vitticeps
    Viv: Vivarium or reptile enclosure

    WC: Wild Caught
    WTB: Want To Buy

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