Ages: 6th – 12th grade
Dates: February 7 – May 1 (no class on 3/27, 5/8 make up day in the event of a teacher absence)
Time: 2:00pm – 2:55pm
Student will be learning the basics of herpetology (the study of reptiles and amphibians). The course will be very interactive and “live harmless” animals will be brought in to enhance the learning process so the children not only get to learn about them through lecture, but also get to know the animals in person. Each week they will learn about a different aspect of these incredible animals, their anatomy, how they hunt, how they defend themselves,how they differ from mammals, how they evolved, where they live, how to care for them in captivity and much more.
I’m a professor reptile breeder and have over 30+ years of experience with these animals, and there will be live harmless animals brought into the class, they will be in enclosed tubs with locking lids. Only children who want to hold or touch them will be encouraged to do so. If the child does not want to touch or handle them, that is completely okay.
To maintain the health and well being of the animals, any person (child or adult) who wishes to touch or hold any animals will be required to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer which I will always have with me.
Lastly, while the animals don’t overreact to excessive noise levels, too much yelling or screaming can stress them out, I ask kindly that if your child decides to be apart of this fun interactive environment, that they please show the animals respect. I always end up having to remind students that they are living breathing animals and not toys.
Week 1: Into to Herpetology
Week 2: Snake anatomy, biology, & habitat
Week 3: Predators and prey of snakes
Week 4: Lizard anatomy, biology, & habitat
Week 5: Predators and prey of Lizards
Week 6: Amphibian anatomy, biology, & habitat
Week 7: Predators and prey of amphibians
Week 8: Reptiles & amphibians in California
Week 9: The difference between venomous, poisonous, & harmless reptiles & amphibians
Week 10: Snake morphology
Week 11: Breeding/husbandry
Week 12: The big 5; the most venomous, largest, longest, fastest, & oldest reptiles &; amphibians
Please note this class outline is tentative & subject to change at anytime.
Text is optional but very helpful:
“Ball Pythons in Captivity” (Professional Breeders Series) by Kevin McCurley.
Notebook, pen or pencil, and some coloring pencils
Minimum class size: 4
Maximum class size: 12