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What is Herpetology?

Herpetology is the study of some of the planet's most fascinating creatures - reptiles and amphibians. Herpetology, both as a science and as a hobby, has important implications for conservation, research and education. For example captive breeding programmes can provide the lifeline some species need to come back from the brink; snake venom can greatly contribute to the medical world; and amphibians are excellent bio-indicators for environment quality and change. Keeping pet reptiles and amphibians in the UK is now as popular as keeping cats and dogs. The interest in herpetology has never been higher.

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