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Which herp best suited to environ?

Discussion in 'General' started by kremlinator, Aug 28, 2006.


Which herp is best adapted?

  1. Frogs

    3 vote(s)
  2. Salamanders

    2 vote(s)
  3. Caecilians

    0 vote(s)
  4. Amphisbaenids

    0 vote(s)
  5. Crocodilians

    5 vote(s)
  6. Iguanians

    5 vote(s)
  7. Geckos

    4 vote(s)
  8. teiids

    1 vote(s)
  9. Skinks

    1 vote(s)
  10. Anguimorphs (varanids, heloderms etc)

    1 vote(s)
  11. Snakes

    25 vote(s)
  12. Toads

    0 vote(s)
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  1. kremlinator

    kremlinator Banned User

    Which generalized herp group here is best suited to its environment and most resistant to changes?

    Example: frogs are successful cause they can exist in legions but are sensitive to small environmental changes. Remember that environments are contantly changing, so you have to consider that success today might not mean success tomorrow.

    NOTE: I left of turtles and tortoises because I'm mean.
  2. kremlinator

    kremlinator Banned User

    I selected snakes because they are mammal specialists in a mammal dominated world. Their generalized body plan is efficatious in arborial, fossorial, aqueous or otherwise any type of environment. They can go very long without a meal, which means if prey populations crash they can survive until some kind of rebound (in the case of larger snakes).

    Now here's a poll to think about!
  3. caudalis_sa

    caudalis_sa Elite Member

    hahahaha i wonder who chose

    ... my vote...snakes
  4. KrokadilyanGuy3

    KrokadilyanGuy3 Elite Member

  5. caudalis_sa

    caudalis_sa Elite Member

  6. KrokadilyanGuy3

    KrokadilyanGuy3 Elite Member

    I actually didn't vote for crocodilians, I'm siding with snakes as the diversity of this group is.. well.. Highly diversed.
  7. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    I too will go with snakes! For sheer versatility in all environmental conditions (except cold) they can't be beaten.
  8. kremlinator

    kremlinator Banned User

    Snakes are landsliding...I expected more resistance from crocs, lol.
  9. frenchc

    frenchc New Member

    Toads versus Snakes

    I have to say that I lean towards the toads as an excellent choice.
    -Their range is nearly, if not more, expansive than that of snakes in general (with the exception of the open ocean.)
    -Many toads possess the same defensive mechanisms that allow snakes to survive (toxins), yet they inspire less hatred and fear than snakes world wide.
    -It is true that some toads are vulnerable to the large variety of factors that plague amphibian populations (climate change, UV-B radiation, and fungal infection), but they compensate by being able to reproduce prodigiously.

    My top three choices for survivors of the coming apocalypse: roaches, cane toads, and tumbleweed.
  10. T-rex

    T-rex Elite Member

    well went with snakes but i accidently selected iguanas ! :mad:
  11. caudalis_sa

    caudalis_sa Elite Member

    looks like three others also made a mistake....:p
  12. mshrmheadcharge

    mshrmheadcharge Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

    I chose snakes
  13. schtickl

    schtickl Member

    If you think about it, it has to be crocidilians. they've been around for millions of years. In order to still be around, they must be some killer adaptors!
  14. titus

    titus Elite Member Premium Member

    While crocidilians have been around for a long time they are still in limited regions of the planet. Snakes on the other had are everywhere, outisde of the poles and a pair of remote islands, at least one type of snake is native to an area.
  15. Palaeomike

    Palaeomike Elite Member

    Go Skinks!
  16. Og_

    Og_ Elite Member

    Best adapted to what? Each one adapts to a certain environment or else it wouldn't exist.
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