Structured course dates: 05/27-09/02
Online course: Currently available
This intensive course provides an introduction to herpetology and equips participants with amphibian and reptile identification skills and general knowledge of frogs, salamanders, turtles, lizards and snakes — their life histories, habitat requirements and biodiversity.
Course content includes classification and identification of amphibians and reptiles, ‘herping’ equipment, frog calls, attracting amphibians/reptiles and backyard wildlife habitat, anatomy and physiology, ecology, behavior, breeding migration, and conservation. This course is a deep dive into the world of amphibians and reptiles, intended to create a foundation of herpetological knowledge upon which students can build.
The 100% online class is asynchronous — meaning there is no required time to meet, is designed for students to go at their own pace with the material, and from any time zone. The scope of the course is much broader than the in-person class as well, in order to highlight the global biodiversity of the animals, the students, and the instructors. We will meet optionally on several Wednesday evenings as ‘office hours’ — if anyone has questions or would like to communicate directly with the instructor (not required). The course will work through any web browser on PC, Mac, iPhone, and Android.