Thursday, February 16, 2012

Animal Tips for Writers: Slimy Reptiles

This is a series of short articles explaining common mistakes writers make about animals and giving cool facts about animals that might be useful for writers. Anyone who's interested in animals may also find this series interesting. Let me know what you think.


No matter how fond some authors are of describing them otherwise, reptiles are not slimy. Snakes, lizards, turtles, alligators, and other reptiles are scaly and rough and dry, not smooth and covered in slime. Your hero is not going to encounter “slimy snakes” unless the snakes happen to be slithering through something slimy. If a reptile is slimy, it is due to living in a wet environment and not because it secretes slime like an amphibian.

(c) 2012 Jonathan Garner

16 comments:

  1. Good tip. I'll take care to remember this. Thankyou Jonathan!

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  2. This is helpful. :) Thanks for sharing!

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  3. *likes reptiles* =)

    Again, very nice job, Jonathan. Thanks! This may prove quite helpful. =)

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  4. Good fact check, thanks for pointing it out.

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  5. Good thought Jonathan! Reptiles are fortresses, regular, rough, stone textured patterns.

    It is important to remember the stone textures when writing about dragons especially. It seems that some people are beginning to think dragons are made of plastic.

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    1. Thank you, Patrick! That's very true about dragons.

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  6. Wow. I hadn't thought about that. The tropes media makes us buy into... Great stuff! Looking forward to more articles in this series!

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    1. Thank you, Aubrey! I'm glad it was helpful.

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  7. Hello friends,

    Good Post! Very informative, glad that you are going to continue writing things like this. Thanks a lot.....

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