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Herpetology Course Online

Why study this herpetology course?

This online herpetology course is much more than just a ‘how-to-care-for-your-scaled-friend’ course!  Of course you will learn that, but you will also learn much much more including classification and taxonomy,  conservation issues faced by reptiles and amphibians,  fascinating facts about their ecology such as breeding strategies and behaviour,  as well as learning about their biology (anatomy and function).

Many of our students take this herpetology course online to learn not only the academic aspects of reptiles and amphibians such as classification, taxonomy, biology etc, but to also ensure that they give their animals the best care.  This course provides practical skills and knowledge of how to successfully keep reptiles and amphibians in captive environments.

The course is online and we endeavor to make it as practical as possible with practical tasks and assignments for you to complete.  You will need to do a bit of research along the way, this will help you discover resources (both online and irl) and help you understand more about these amazing creatures.  Our tutors are very experienced and are also very based in the real world with years of tutoring and veterinary experience behind them.

If you’re interested sign up today, payment plans start from only $25.00/week.

Study Reptiles and Amphibians Online at Home

In this course you will learn to care for reptiles and amphibians in this online herpetology course while learning more about their biology, classification, keeping and ecology.  The course is offered as online with printed notes sent to you. You will have tutor support as you progress through the course.  The course self-paced flexible delivery.  This means you work at your own pace.  Additionally enrollments run all year round (no set start dates) so you enroll when it best suits you.

Who is this Herpetology Course for?

This course is appropriate for enthusiasts, veterinary nurses, zoo keepers, pet shop workers, snake handlers, wildlife park employees and in fact anyone working or keeping as a hobby reptiles or amphibians.

Students learn about classification, biology, anatomy & physiology, conservation issues, ecology and husbandry of amphibians and reptiles.

What you will do in this course:

  • Discuss the nature and scope of reptiles.
  • Identify credible resources, and begin to develop networking with organisations and individuals involved with the study of reptiles around the world.
  • Describe a range of different reptile species, including distinguishing characteristics, their needs (e.g. environmental, food, etc) and behaviour.
  • Identify and explain the anatomy and physiology of reptiles.
  • Discuss the nature and scope of amphibians.
  • Identify credible resources, and begin to develop networking with organisations and individuals involved with the study of amphibians around the world.
  • Discuss the nature and scope of amphibians.
  • Identify credible resources, and begin to develop networking with organisations and individuals involved with the study of amphibians around the world.
  • Describe the ecological requirements, reproduction and life-cycles of amphibians.
  • Describe the behaviour of a range of different amphibian species.
  • Explain conservation issues that are impacting upon populations of reptiles and amphibians.
  • Explain the management of reptiles and amphibians in captivity.

Lesson Structure

1. Introduction to Herpetology
  • Herpetology Defined
  • Introduction to Reptiles
  • Animal Taxonomy
  • Classification of Reptiles
  • Characteristics of Reptiles
  • Testudine Characteristics (Turtles)
  • Squamata Characteristics (Snakes and Lizards)
  • Rhynchocephalia Characteristics (Tuatara)
  • Classification of Amphibians
  • Amphibian Characteristics
  • Building Resources and Developing Networks
  • Terminology
2. Class Reptilia (Reptiles)
  • Reptile Classification
  • Water Conservation
  • Reproduction
  • Order Chelonia (Testudines); Turtles
  • Order Crocodilia; Crocodilians
  • Order Squamata
  • Scaled Reptiles; Lizards (Suborder Sauria) and Snakes (Suborder Serpentes)
3. Reptile Biology
  • Reptile Anatomy
  • Skeleton
  • Scales and Skutes
  • Ectothermal Regulation
  • Coloration
  • Respiration and Metabolism
  • Food and Digestion
  • Senses
  • Locomotion
4. Class Amphibia (Amphibians)
  • Order Anura (Frogs and Toads)
  • Order Apoda (Caecilians)
  • Order Urodela (Salamanders and Newts)
5. Amphibian Biology
  • Amphibian Skeleton
  • Skin
  • Ectothermal Regulation
  • Colouration
  • Respiration and Metabolism
  • Branchial
  • Buccopharyngeal
  • Cutaneous
  • Pulmonic
  • Food and Digestion
  • Senses
  • Locomotion
  • Reproduction
6. Ecology of Reptiles
  • Species Richness
  • Constriction
  • Injected Venom
  • Inertia Feeding
  • Biting and Grasping
  • Suction Feeding
  • Reproductive Strategies
  • Viviparity
  • Oviparity
  • Nest Building
  • Habitat Use: Aquatic and Terrestrial
  • Basking
  • Hibernation
7. Ecology of Amphibians
  • Use of Habitat
  • Temperature Relationships
  • Feeding
  • Vocal Communication: Advertisement calls, Territorial calls, Release calls, Distress calls
  • Social Behaviour
  • Dealing with Predators
  • Reproduction and Parental Care
8. Conservation Issues
  • Habitat Change
  • Edge Effects
  • Pollution; especially Water Pollution
  • Environmental Acidification (Acid Rain)
  • Pesticides
  • Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
  • Spread of Disease
  • Invasive Species
  • Climate Change
  • Spread of Disease
  • Disease in Wild Populations
  • Trade in Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Conservation
  • Conservation Genetics
  • Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
9. Keeping Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Introduction
  • Legal Issues
  • Special Conditions for Amphibians
  • Special Conditions for Reptiles
  • Preventing Spread of Disease from Reptiles to Humans
  • Housing
  • Reptile Captivity Problems
  • Reptile Feed and Feeding
  • Amphibians and Reptile Species that are in Captivity
  • Feeding Amphibians
  • General Care
  • Common Ailments in Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Parasitic Diseases
  • Fungal Diseases
  • Viral Diseases
  • Metabolic Bone Disease
  • Thiamine Deficiency

Herpetology, the Study of Reptiles and Amphibians

Caring for snakes, lizards and amphbians as pets is a very rewarding hobby, and for some a great career.  As the care and handling of most reptile and amphibian species can be somewhat difficult, a course such as this will set you in the right direction.

Career wise, there are wildlife parks, zoos  and nature reserves needing specialists in herpetology, and the interesting, and somewhat dangerous job of snake wrangler, or snake handler, removing snakes, especially venomous species, from homes and urban environments and teaching people how to interact, [or not], with snakes if they come into contact with them.

Reptiles and amphibians form a very important part of overall bio-diversity and their conservation is of utmost importance. This starts with study and research, and along these lines some interesting medical discoveries are being made, not just anti-venom for snake  bite, but processes using toxins from amphibians skin and snake venom for use as anti-coagulants in blood related problems.

Whatever your interest, hobby or professional, CourseStream’s online herpetology course, is expertly tutored by experienced and hands on qualified tutors, is sure to give you the skills and information you need.

Enrol Now

  • Experienced Tutor support
  • Certificate sent to you
  • Online study (Printed notes available)
  • Self paced - no set timetable
  • 12 months to complete course

From: $25.00 / week for 26 weeks

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Why study this herpetology course?

This online herpetology course is much more than just a ‘how-to-care-for-your-scaled-friend’ course!  Of course you will learn that, but you will also learn much much more including classification and taxonomy,  conservation issues faced by reptiles and amphibians,  fascinating facts about their ecology such as breeding strategies and behaviour,  as well as learning about their biology (anatomy and function).

Many of our students take this herpetology course online to learn not only the academic aspects of reptiles and amphibians such as classification, taxonomy, biology etc, but to also ensure that they give their animals the best care.  This course provides practical skills and knowledge of how to successfully keep reptiles and amphibians in captive environments.

The course is online and we endeavor to make it as practical as possible with practical tasks and assignments for you to complete.  You will need to do a bit of research along the way, this will help you discover resources (both online and irl) and help you understand more about these amazing creatures.  Our tutors are very experienced and are also very based in the real world with years of tutoring and veterinary experience behind them.

If you’re interested sign up today, payment plans start from only $25.00/week.

Study Reptiles and Amphibians Online at Home

In this course you will learn to care for reptiles and amphibians in this online herpetology course while learning more about their biology, classification, keeping and ecology.  The course is offered as online with printed notes sent to you. You will have tutor support as you progress through the course.  The course self-paced flexible delivery.  This means you work at your own pace.  Additionally enrollments run all year round (no set start dates) so you enroll when it best suits you.

Who is this Herpetology Course for?

This course is appropriate for enthusiasts, veterinary nurses, zoo keepers, pet shop workers, snake handlers, wildlife park employees and in fact anyone working or keeping as a hobby reptiles or amphibians.

Students learn about classification, biology, anatomy & physiology, conservation issues, ecology and husbandry of amphibians and reptiles.

What you will do in this course:

  • Discuss the nature and scope of reptiles.
  • Identify credible resources, and begin to develop networking with organisations and individuals involved with the study of reptiles around the world.
  • Describe a range of different reptile species, including distinguishing characteristics, their needs (e.g. environmental, food, etc) and behaviour.
  • Identify and explain the anatomy and physiology of reptiles.
  • Discuss the nature and scope of amphibians.
  • Identify credible resources, and begin to develop networking with organisations and individuals involved with the study of amphibians around the world.
  • Discuss the nature and scope of amphibians.
  • Identify credible resources, and begin to develop networking with organisations and individuals involved with the study of amphibians around the world.
  • Describe the ecological requirements, reproduction and life-cycles of amphibians.
  • Describe the behaviour of a range of different amphibian species.
  • Explain conservation issues that are impacting upon populations of reptiles and amphibians.
  • Explain the management of reptiles and amphibians in captivity.

Lesson Structure

1. Introduction to Herpetology
  • Herpetology Defined
  • Introduction to Reptiles
  • Animal Taxonomy
  • Classification of Reptiles
  • Characteristics of Reptiles
  • Testudine Characteristics (Turtles)
  • Squamata Characteristics (Snakes and Lizards)
  • Rhynchocephalia Characteristics (Tuatara)
  • Classification of Amphibians
  • Amphibian Characteristics
  • Building Resources and Developing Networks
  • Terminology
2. Class Reptilia (Reptiles)
  • Reptile Classification
  • Water Conservation
  • Reproduction
  • Order Chelonia (Testudines); Turtles
  • Order Crocodilia; Crocodilians
  • Order Squamata
  • Scaled Reptiles; Lizards (Suborder Sauria) and Snakes (Suborder Serpentes)
3. Reptile Biology
  • Reptile Anatomy
  • Skeleton
  • Scales and Skutes
  • Ectothermal Regulation
  • Coloration
  • Respiration and Metabolism
  • Food and Digestion
  • Senses
  • Locomotion
4. Class Amphibia (Amphibians)
  • Order Anura (Frogs and Toads)
  • Order Apoda (Caecilians)
  • Order Urodela (Salamanders and Newts)
5. Amphibian Biology
  • Amphibian Skeleton
  • Skin
  • Ectothermal Regulation
  • Colouration
  • Respiration and Metabolism
  • Branchial
  • Buccopharyngeal
  • Cutaneous
  • Pulmonic
  • Food and Digestion
  • Senses
  • Locomotion
  • Reproduction
6. Ecology of Reptiles
  • Species Richness
  • Constriction
  • Injected Venom
  • Inertia Feeding
  • Biting and Grasping
  • Suction Feeding
  • Reproductive Strategies
  • Viviparity
  • Oviparity
  • Nest Building
  • Habitat Use: Aquatic and Terrestrial
  • Basking
  • Hibernation
7. Ecology of Amphibians
  • Use of Habitat
  • Temperature Relationships
  • Feeding
  • Vocal Communication: Advertisement calls, Territorial calls, Release calls, Distress calls
  • Social Behaviour
  • Dealing with Predators
  • Reproduction and Parental Care
8. Conservation Issues
  • Habitat Change
  • Edge Effects
  • Pollution; especially Water Pollution
  • Environmental Acidification (Acid Rain)
  • Pesticides
  • Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
  • Spread of Disease
  • Invasive Species
  • Climate Change
  • Spread of Disease
  • Disease in Wild Populations
  • Trade in Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Conservation
  • Conservation Genetics
  • Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
9. Keeping Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Introduction
  • Legal Issues
  • Special Conditions for Amphibians
  • Special Conditions for Reptiles
  • Preventing Spread of Disease from Reptiles to Humans
  • Housing
  • Reptile Captivity Problems
  • Reptile Feed and Feeding
  • Amphibians and Reptile Species that are in Captivity
  • Feeding Amphibians
  • General Care
  • Common Ailments in Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Parasitic Diseases
  • Fungal Diseases
  • Viral Diseases
  • Metabolic Bone Disease
  • Thiamine Deficiency

Herpetology, the Study of Reptiles and Amphibians

Caring for snakes, lizards and amphbians as pets is a very rewarding hobby, and for some a great career.  As the care and handling of most reptile and amphibian species can be somewhat difficult, a course such as this will set you in the right direction.

Career wise, there are wildlife parks, zoos  and nature reserves needing specialists in herpetology, and the interesting, and somewhat dangerous job of snake wrangler, or snake handler, removing snakes, especially venomous species, from homes and urban environments and teaching people how to interact, [or not], with snakes if they come into contact with them.

Reptiles and amphibians form a very important part of overall bio-diversity and their conservation is of utmost importance. This starts with study and research, and along these lines some interesting medical discoveries are being made, not just anti-venom for snake  bite, but processes using toxins from amphibians skin and snake venom for use as anti-coagulants in blood related problems.

Whatever your interest, hobby or professional, CourseStream’s online herpetology course, is expertly tutored by experienced and hands on qualified tutors, is sure to give you the skills and information you need.

Send me free info pack

Enrol Now

  • Experienced Tutor support
  • Certificate sent to you
  • Online study (Printed notes available)
  • Self paced - no set timetable
  • 12 months to complete course

From: $25.00 / week for 26 weeks

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