May 21, 2012 7:56 PM Subscribe
What does the Latin genus name of the Mexican Burrowing Python, "Loxocemus" mean? In particular, what does the "-cemus" part mean?
posted by The otter lady to Writing & Language (4 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I worked out (and have found a site that confirms) the 'loxo' part means 'slanting', but I don't know what is supposed to be the slanting part of this reptile.
The species name, "bicolor" is pretty obvious, and the scales do tend to be brown and white mottled. I used to keep these snakes and this has always puzzled me.
The time has come to stop wondering, and seek the wisdom of the hive mind to put this puzzle to rest!