I've learned a lot of the latin names for snakes, but be darned if I would dare to say them. Took me long enough to learn the gecko and frog names, but these snake monikers are real nightmares.
How about a quick lesson in snake terminology.
e.g. Elaphe ..... rhymes with..... ee-laf? ee-laff-ee? elephant?
Not that there's a need for all the latin names, but the most common ones, just so I can open my mouth in public and know I'll be understood.
And if Santa is listening, maybe he could bring someone a few hours of time for Christmas - so he/she/they can make up a list of latin herp names - Ssnakess.com could be the first place with 'Herp Name Pronunciation for Dummies'.