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Herp is short for "Herpetological", a word pertaining to reptiles, amphibians, lizards and snakes (and by extension, any variant of those, such as some Dragon types). Used in the fandom to refer to anthropomorphic characters based on these animals.

Occasionally the question comes up whether using the word "furry" to describe scalie or herp characters is appropriate, since they are not in fact fur-bearing. However, it is generally accepted that they are indeed furry, in the broader sense: anthropomorphic animals.

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