Common Snake Terms

Colubrid - the largest family of snakes, several of which are toxic. Includes ring neck snakes, tree snakes, king snakes, rat snakes, garter snakes, earth snakes, whip snakes, racers, wolf snakes, mole vipers (including african mole vipers), rear fanged water snakes (from the Indopacific region), boomslangs, and snail eating snakes, and many more.

Brumation - Correct term for when reptiles hibernate (because they do not actually hibernate).

Ectothermic snakes rely on external heat sources such as direct sun, ambient temperatures and warm/hot surfaces to raise body temperature and aid in digestion. (Humans are Endothermic)

Estivation - A reduction in physiological activity that occurs in response to heat and dry conditions, which is similar to hibernation or brumation.

Gravid - Female reptile, which is carrying eggs (all snakes reproduce through eggs, which are laid externally or hatched internally).

Girth ­ How round the snake is at the largest point.

Slough ("in blue") - When a reptile sheds its skin (ecdysis).

Hook/Pinning tool ­ Usually a short to long aluminum pole with a hook on the end proportionate to the girth of the snake used for lifted and controlling the snake.

Tong/Grab Stick ­ Usually an aluminum pole with two fingers or tongs that can grasp venomous and non-venomous snakes (Only for experienced snake handlers)