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RE: here's a challenge to all Dry lovers

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Posted by: Bigtattoo at Sun Jan 16 04:04:46 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Bigtattoo ]  
   

Does anyone know of a precise, verifiable definition for the term "cribo"? And, why is it used to refer to Drymarchon and Spilotes? My own searching has turned up little besides literary references to cribo being synonomous with "chicken eater", and also cribo being one of many forms of saying "to sort, separate, select", or in some uses, to "strain, as through a strainer".

How did that term come to be attached to our favorite snakes?


I couldn't come up with anything that directly related to why they are called Cribos. The best I could find was the word has it's root in the Spanish cribar which as you pointed out has to do with screening, sieving, separating sorting etc.
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