Field Herpetology

From EEBedia
Revision as of 16:45, 8 May 2014 by William Ryerson (Talk | contribs) (Course Procedures and Policies)

Jump to: navigation, search
Glyptemus insculpta Photo by B. Ryerson

EEB 3898 Field Herpetology
Intensive Summer Session I, 2014
Course Duration: May 7th - May 25th, 2012
Meeting Time: Monday through Friday, 1:00 - 4:00 in TLS 179
depending on weather conditions some classes will be held at night 7-10 PM instead, allowing us to observe nocturnal amphibians


Crotalus horridus Photo by Sara Horwitz

Bill Ryerson
Email: [
Office: Biology/Pharmacy 412
Phone: (860) 486-4158

Course Description and Objectives

Heterodon platyrhinos Photo by E. K. Timpe
Pseudacris crucifer Photo by E. K. Timpe

Course Description:
In progress

Course Objectives:
The purpose of this course is to familiarize yourself with the local amphibians and reptiles of Connecticut, and the techniques that herpetologists use to capture and handle these animals. By the time the course is completed, you should be able to identify (by sight) any of the amphibians and reptiles native to Connecticut, including how to identify different species that closely resemble each other. You should also be able to perform any of the standard field techniques, and how to use them to your full advantage in a potential research study.

Course Procedures and Policies

Grades will be determined as follows:

  • Midterm: 100 pts
  • Final: 100 pts
  • Field notebook entries: 75 pts
  • Participation: 25 pts
  • TOTAL: 300 pts

The Intensive Summer session I is only three weeks long. As a result, students are expected to be in attendance for every lecture and field trip, barring any illness or emergency situation. Missing one class during this session is equivalent to missing an entire week during the standard academic year.

Academic Integrity:
In accordance with the student conduct code, plagiarism and cheating may be punished by failure in the course or even dismissal from the University. Official University policy regarding Academic Integrity can be found in Appendix A of the Student Conduct Code.

If you are requesting an accommodation for as a result of a disability, please contact the instructor and the Center for Students with Disabilities (Room 201 in the Wilbur Cross Building) during the first week of the session.

Course Materials

Course Resources


Opheodrys vernalis Photo by E. K. Timpe
Gyrinophilus porphyriticus Photo by E. K. Timpe
Date Lecture Field Agenda* Additional Materials

Pictures from Field Trips

Click here

Herps in the News

Additional Resources



Snakes of CT
Online Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of CT
Reptiles and Amphibians of CT
New England Herpetological Society

Video about Amphibian Extinction
AMNH's Amphibian Species of the World
Amphibian Portal from USGS-NBII

General Herpetology
Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
The Herpetologists' League
The Center for North American Herpetology
EMYSystem Online Turtle Resource
eNature Online Field Guides

Turtle Conservation Project - New England
Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
New England Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
Sea Turtle Conservancy
Turtle Conservation Fund
Amphibian Conservation Alliance
Most Threatened Turtles and Tortoises