Amphibians and Reptiles

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Re: Amphibians and Reptiles

Postby Deeisenberg » February 12th, 2009, 4:38 am

Yes, it is birds next year *sigh*. A true tragedy this is. My beloved herptiles will be missed :-(
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Re: Amphibians and Reptiles

Postby L42 » February 12th, 2009, 4:57 am

Birds sounds awesome... Yay!! I think fish would be really hard to ID...
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Re: Amphibians and Reptiles

Postby Flavorflav » February 12th, 2009, 5:03 am

In your test, flavorflav, it said that the diagnostic characteristic for crocodiles is their ankle structure. How does that work? My answer was jaw structure, because of how crocodiles' snouts are V-shaped and alligators' snouts are U-shaped. I've never read anything about their ankles.
I asked about the diagnostic characteristic of the order, not the family. Crocodilians are crocodilians because of their ankles - what is called the advanced mesotarsal or crurotarsal ankle which enables them to adopt the semi-erect posture. I should note that I spin this event in a much more biosystematic or cladistic direction than many event writers, who approach it as a trivia event. Personally, I think that if you are doing this event you should know what it means to be a crocodilian, though.

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Re: Amphibians and Reptiles

Postby Liv » February 13th, 2009, 2:14 pm

Birds what, what, OMG THATS SO COOL!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Amphibians and Reptiles

Postby ramen4dinner » February 13th, 2009, 8:40 pm

Ohmygawd this sounds hard. D:
I'm a little confused though, so basically you should try memorizing the Audubon if you don't have time to make your own field guide, right... ?

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Re: Amphibians and Reptiles

Postby Flavorflav » February 14th, 2009, 2:56 am

Ohmygawd this sounds hard. D:
I'm a little confused though, so basically you should try memorizing the Audubon if you don't have time to make your own field guide, right... ?
You aren't allowed to make your own field guide, and you don't need to memorize the book. You should be able to ID on sight, then use the field guide to answer the questions if need be.

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Re: Amphibians and Reptiles

Postby Liv » February 14th, 2009, 6:41 am

Ohmygawd this sounds hard. D:
I'm a little confused though, so basically you should try memorizing the Audubon if you don't have time to make your own field guide, right... ?
You aren't allowed to make your own field guide, and you don't need to memorize the book. You should be able to ID on sight, then use the field guide to answer the questions if need be.

Seriously its not that hard after you take a few practice tests.

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Re: Amphibians and Reptiles

Postby guerillagorilla » February 15th, 2009, 8:44 am

can any1 help me with choosing between the Audobon or Peterson field guides?
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Re: Amphibians and Reptiles

Postby Paradox21 » February 15th, 2009, 8:49 am

Peterson Field Guide is much better.
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Re: Amphibians and Reptiles

Postby robotman » February 15th, 2009, 9:36 am

i dont find it to be the peterson has less info but easier to access pictures
the autoban has more info but less easier to access pictures
i prefer the autoban
but it really needs to be what you need more pictures or info
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