Herpetology, BIOL 432/632, Spring 2015


Herp Syllabus 2015

1.26.14 Taxonomy

1.28.15 Early Amphibians

2.2.15 Modern Amphibians

2.4 & 2.9.15 Ancient Reptiles and Dinosaurs

Read and be ready to discuss for Monday: Dinosaur Reading for Monday 9-Feb-2015 

 2.11.15 Modern Reptiles I

Exam 1 – Feb 23, 2015: Exam1_StudyGuide_2015

2.18.15 Modern Reptiles II

2.25.15 Thermal Biology

Be prepared to explain the main findings of your paper, give opinions on pros and cons of the experiment, and ask at least one thought-provoking question that you have as a result of reading the paper.

Assignment for Monday March 9th: With your group, create a 10 minute PowerPoint presentation for class about your assigned sense. Include 1) Sense organs, what they are, and how they work; 2) Differences in sense organs/sensory perception between reptiles and amphibians and among orders or habitat types if applicable; 3) At least one example using data from peer reviewed literature (interesting or exceptional). Bring your presentation to class on Monday and I will combine them into a single PowerPoint, which will later become available on the website. Each member of your group is expected to participate in the production and presentation of your sense. There will be a single grade given to each group (out of 20 pts).

3.4.15 WaterBalance

3.9.15 & 3.11.15 Sensory Perception (1);    Sensory (2) – Cutaneous;    Sensory (3) – Visual

3.23.15 Life History and Reproductive Modes – I left some parts of this blank for us to go over in class. Also, in class I’ll have print-outs of this handout, which is essentially all contained within the lecture slides as well.

3.25.15 Courtship & Mating

3.30.15 Foraging (Exam study guide will be posted the evening of 3.30)

Exam 2 (April 6th) Study Guide

4.1.15 Predator Evasion

4.8.2015 Spacing & Orientation

4.13.15 Parasites

4.15.15 Disease



Herpy Review Rubric




Spring2015 Lab Syllabus

Grant Proposal Instructions

Week 2 Amphibians:  Lab_Wk2_Amphibians SlidesAmphibianIDTermsAmphibians Lab Assignment

Week 3 Lizards: LizardIDTermsLizards Lab AssignmentWk3_Lizards

Week 4 Snakes: Lab_Wk4_SnakesSnakes Lab Assignment

Week 5 Turtles: Lab_Wk5_TurtlesTurtleIDTermsTurtles Lab Assignment

23 March 2015: Grant Lab 2015 PowerpointGrant Proposal Instructions

30 March 2015: Dissections 2015 SlidesDissections Handout 2015Dissection Anatomy Handouts

FIELD TRIP INFORMATION: Field Trip Safety & CollectingOvernight Fieldtrip Instructions

Field notebooks: Herp field notebooks powerpointField Notes GuideField Notebook example

Tongue flicking lab: Chemosensory Experiment powerpointChemosensory ProtocolTFAS data

Amphibian Species Account Edits: This PDF (Threatened Amphibians of the World) contains a short description for many threatened and endangered amphibians. It is listed frequently as a source from the American Museum of Natural History “Amphibians of the World” database. Please check that you’ve not missed any important information for your species from this source.


3 thoughts on “Herpetology, BIOL 432/632, Spring 2015

  1. Herpetology Lab Review Sessions:

    Wednesday March 4th
    12:30 – 3:30

    Friday March 6th



  2. Field trip Update:

    Set your calendars for April 11th – 12th for the overnight field trip. At this point, we will likely herp near the Bay Area, CA. Salamanders, ahoy!


  3. Herpers,

    Here’s what we expect to find on the field trip this weekend:

    [C] Confirmed, [P] Present

    Western pond turtle (Clemmys marmorata) [C]
    California red-legged frog (Rana aurora) [C]
    California newt (Toricha torosa) [C]
    California (western) toad (Anaxyrus boreas halophilus) [C]
    Arboreal salamander (Aneides lugubris) [C]
    California slender salamander (Batrachoseps attenuates) [C]
    Sharp-tailed Snake (Contia tenuis) [P]
    Ring-necked Snake (Diadophis punctatus) [P]
    California kingsnake (Lampropeltis californiae) [P]
    California alligator Lizard (Elgaria multicarinata) [P]
    Skilton’s skink (Plestiodon skiltonianus skiltonianus) [P]
    Yellow-eyed ensatina (Ensatina eschscholtzii) [P]

    Also, bring a coffee mug if you want coffee on Sunday,



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