The race that evolved to sentience upon Reptus is called Repti by the humans (amongst other slang terms). The Repti’s word for themselves translates into ‘Survivors’ in the human language. The Repti’s language is a series of hisses and guttural sounds. One person once described it as a Scotsman with a lisp. Their vocal chords are extremely rudimentary compared to humans so they have difficulty speaking the human language, although those that learn it can understand it and can often get their point across with some of the less harsh sounding words. Human, in turn, have some difficulty in speaking the Repti language as the hissing has some dual-sound resonance and nuances that are hard for a musician to hear and a trained singer to duplicate. Humans can speak some of the hisses and guttural sounds which, to the Repti, would sound like a Scotsman with a lisp.
The Repti are a ‘cool’ blooded race. Although they can generate some of their own heat, especially through large meals and moderate exercise, at rest or minimal exercising, their body temperatures drop to the surrounding temps. A Repti becomes sluggish at 65 degrees, into torpor at 50 and die within minutes at 40 or lower. Repti’s prefer environments at 85 degrees and begin to get uncomfortable at 110.
The physical look of a Repti is somewhat like a tall lizard without a tail. They are bipedal, with fine scales ranging from brown to green – with some blues and reds being unique. The scales can change color slightly due to change of pigmentations under the skin (akin to a human’s blushing or turning blue) and will blend with the color of the scales – so a brown scaled Repti blushing would look more like a dark rust color while a blue Repti would begin to pick up shades of purple. They average about 7 feet in height but are of slender build. Their internal organs are very similar to that of humans although they are in somewhat different areas. The blood and chemical makeup is different than that of humans and therefore will have varied reactions to any human drugs administered to them.