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    What does that mean? Herp abbreviations & acronyms

    A lot of internet forums have lists of the terms, abbreviations, and acronyms that are commonly used on the site but aren't general knowledge. BP.net didn't have one (that I could find at least), and I do see the questions asked a lot, so I thought it might be useful. I started a list a few weeks ago, and added to it every time I noticed something come up, but I'm sure there is plenty more that could be added and/or the definitions improved. I focused on abbreviations and acronyms for now.

    A note about the breeders I included: they weren't picked because I thought they were the biggest or best. I choose them because they are commonly abbreviated, and because they are used as part of the names of certain morphs, and the combination can make it confusing. If I had thought of other breeders that fit that (or had a similar reason I thought they belonged here), I would have included them too.

    1.2.3 (or any similar group of numbers & decimal points) – a way of representing the number of males (first number) and females (second number) and unsexed animals (third number, if there is a third) in a group. 1.2.3 means 1 male, 2 females, 3 unsexed. 4.2 means 4 males and 2 females.
    Afrock - african rock python
    amel - short for amelanistic (lack of black pigment)
    anery - short for anerythristic (lack of red pigment)
    ASF or ASFR - African soft furred rat
    ATB – amazon tree boa
    BCC - Boa Constrictor constrictor - red tailed boa
    BCI - Boa Constrictor imperator - common boa, although also sometimes called a red tailed boa
    BCL - Boa Constrictor Longicauda - Commonly refered to as Peruvian Long-tailed Boa or "Longi"
    BCO - Boa Constrictor occidenalis - Argentine boa
    beardie - bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps)
    BEL - black eyed leucistic or blue eyed leucistic
    BHB - Brian Barczyk - Large breeder based in Michigan
    BOI - Board of Inquiry - A board for researching, and posting experiences with, different people in the herping buisiness. http://www.faunaclassifieds.com/foru...splay.php?f=13
    BP - ball python
    BRB - Brazilian rainbow boa
    BTS - blue tongued skink
    BWT - Black & White Tegu
    CBB - captive bred & born
    CH - captive hatched, from eggs that were either collected in the wild or from eggs from a WC female who was gravid when captured
    co-dom - short for co-dominant, a genetic term meaning a trait which is the result of 2 equally dominant traits both being visible. A popular example is roan cattle which have a red gene and a white gene and have both red & white hairs. Curiously, most of the BP traits which are commonly referred to as co-dom are technically incomplete dominant traits, which is when 2 equally dominant traits blend together, such as pink flowers which have red gene and a white gene
    CHE - ceramic heat emitter
    Cloaca - The rear opening in which waste is passed and breeding is conducted - aka "vent"
    dinker - Something of interest, to breed and prove out
    DIY - Do It Yourself
    Dum's - Dumeril's Boa (Acrantophis Dumerili) One of the ground dwelling boas from Madagascar.
    DUW - Dial-Up Warning...referring to a thread with lots of pictures that may be slow to load
    ETB – emerald tree boa
    fauna - faunaclassifieds.com
    f/t - frozen/thawed - refers to rodents or other prey items which are humanely killed, then frozen for storage, then thawed and warmed up to body temperature before feeding
    FWC - False Water Cobra
    GMHS-Giant Malagasy Hognose Snake
    GTP - green tree python
    het - short for heterozygous, a genetic term meaning having 1 each of 2 different genes. Often used to refer to an animal that is known to carry a recessive gene but does not display the recessive trait
    IBD - inclusion body disease - untreatable disease which can affect boids (boas and pythons)
    JCP - jungle carpet python
    KS or KS.com - Refers to the classifieds section of Kingsnake.com
    KSB - kenyan sand boa
    Leo - Leopard Gecko
    LFS – local fish store
    LPS – local pet store
    LTC - long term captive
    Lucy - short for leucistic
    MBD - metabolic bone disease - usually in the context of lizards or turtles, and usually caused by calcium deficiency or lack of UV light exposure
    MBK - mexican black king snake
    Mojo - short for mojave, a BP morph
    NERD - New England Reptile Distributor, a major snake breeding facility, owned & operated by Kevin McCurley. Also used to refer to a particular strain developed at NERD, such as NERD pastels
    OP - "Original poster" - The writer of the first post of a new thread
    PAM - Provent-A-Mite - a brand name of mite treatment which is widely recommended as being the most effective and safest way to treat snake mites.
    PEW - pink eyed white - in rodents, your typical albino with pinkish eyes. See also REW, sometimes used interchangeably
    pied - short for piebald, a ball python morph with patches of white scales
    p/k - pre-killed - refers to rodents or any prey item that has been killed before offering it to the snake, most often it refers to a freshly killed prey item to distinguish from f/t
    POG - pastel orange ghost, a BP combo morph
    RBI - Reptile Basics, Inc
    RDR - Ralph Davis Reptiles
    RES - red eared slider (turtle)
    RETF - red eyed tree frog
    REW - ruby eyed white or red eyed white - in rodents, an albino with reddish eyes. See also PEW, sometimes used interchangeably
    RHP – radiant heat panel
    RI - respiratory infection
    RTB - red tailed boa
    SPOG - super-pastel orange ghost, a BP combo morph
    STP - Short Tailed Python
    SVL - snout-to-vent length
    T - Tarantula
    t-stat - Thermostat - a device to automatically regulate the temperature of a heating unit
    tic - short for Reticulated Python - aka "retic"
    TSK – The Snake Keeper, a major snake breeding facility, owned & operated by Dan and Colette Sutherland. Also used to refer to a particular strain developed at TSK, such as TSK axanthics
    URI - upper respiratory infection
    USARK - United States Association of Reptile Keepers - very influential association in the politics of keeping our reptiles
    UTH - under tank heater or under tub heater
    UV - short for ultraviolet; spectrum of light required for vitamin D production in diurnal lizards and turtles
    VBB - Vietnamese Blue Beauty ratsnake
    vent - The rear opening in which waste is passed and breeding is conducted - aka "cloaca"
    VPI - Vida Preciosa International, a major snake breeding facility, owned & operated by Dave & Tracy Barker. Also used to refer to a particular strain developed at VPI, such as VPI axanthics
    WC - wild caught
    WHS-Western Hognose Snake
    WLP White Lipped Python
    Last edited by JLC; 09-02-2010 at 12:47 PM. Reason: updating
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    Re: What does that mean? Herp abbreviations & acronyms

    Edit it DUW and DIY and I vote to sticky.
    Also, maybe mention BHB. I am pretty sure it is Brians initials, but I dont know his middle name, so maybe just say a large snake breeder based in Michigan?

    Dunno if we wanna go this in depth for it, but maybe add lucy and cinny for other morph abbrev.
    -Austin
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    1.1 Het Kahl BCI-08's-FS/T
    1.0 Hypo Citrus Beardie (Citrón)
    0.1 Citrus Beardie (Tang)
    0.0.1 Rose Hair Tarantula (Rose)
    0.1 Himalayan Cat (Meredith)
    0.2 Persian Cats (Madison and Myrtle)
    1.0 Shih-Tzu (Gizmo) 0.1 Lhasa-Apso (Lana)
    Rats, ASF's, Turks & Dubias.

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    Re: What does that mean? Herp abbreviations & acronyms

    This is great, Casey!! I've been wanting to do a list like this for a long time, but never get around to it!

    I'm gonna STICKY this....and will come back and edit it as necessary to add other people's suggestions, such as DUW and DIY, etc.

    Thank you!!!
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    Re: What does that mean? Herp abbreviations & acronyms

    Great stuff! That's (hopefully) one less repeat question in the world...of this forum. Good job.
    **Adriana - White 'N Nerdy!**

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    Re: What does that mean? Herp abbreviations & acronyms

    Ooo! I got stickied! Thank you!

    Judy, feel free to edit and add stuff as needed.

    Austin, I do have lucy in there, but the other suggestions are good. I guess it is up to Judy now what gets added.

    Argentra, I HOPE it will cut down on a few of the repetitive questions.
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    Re: What does that mean? Herp abbreviations & acronyms

    FWC - false water cobra
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    Re: What does that mean? Herp abbreviations & acronyms

    Quote Originally Posted by kc261 View Post
    FWC - false water cobra
    Added it...thanks!
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    Re: What does that mean? Herp abbreviations & acronyms

    BCO - Boa Constrictor Occidentalis (argentine boa)
    p.s. Nathan Scott Phillips (my argentine) asked for this to be put on there. I think he is lealous of red tails getting all the glory.
    ~Will

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    2.1 Ball Pythons
    2.1 Kenyan Boas (1.1 anery)
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    1.0 Colombian RT Boa

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    Re: What does that mean? Herp abbreviations & acronyms

    RES - red eared slider
    MBD - metabolic bone disease - usually in the context of lizards or turtles, and usually caused by calcium deficiency or lack of UV light exposure
    BTS - blue tongue skink
    KSB - Kenyan sand boa
    URI - upper respiratory infection
    anery - short for anerythristic (lack of red pigment)
    amel - short for amelanistic (lack of black pigment)
    pied - short for piebald, a ball python morph with patches of white scales
    Afrock - African rock python
    RDR - Ralph Davis Reptiles
    fauna - Faunaclassifieds.com
    beardie - bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps)

    Some non-snake related, but since we do have forums encompassing other reptiles as well. If I find more I will add them!
    Last edited by icygirl; 08-13-2008 at 05:14 PM.

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