Herpetology Diploma

QEL Code 828
CPD 60
Estimated Study Time 60 hours
Start Date Anytime
Study mode Online
Award type Diploma
Assessment Method Short answer questions to confirm your knowledge
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Course fees £499£699


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Unit # 1

Reptile Origins & Introductory Biology

The first unit of the Herpetology course studies the classification of reptiles in the animal kingdom. It includes a general introduction to the body systems of the reptiles and specific aspects of their physiology. Reptile biogeography is also a topic of this module.

Unit # 2

Amphibian Origins & Introductory Biology

The amphibia represent the oldest land-living vertebrates. Unit 2 explores their classification and an introduction to their anatomy and physiology. Although they can live on the land, their reliance on water for reproduction is discussed in this unit.

Unit # 3

Reptiles - The Chelonia: Turtles, Tortoises & Terrapins

The Chelonia are reptiles with a protective shell that live in the water and on the land. This unit stdies their diet and nutritional requirements, reproduction and general behaviour. Endangered species of the Chelonia are a topic in this unit.

Unit # 4

Amphibia – Frogs, Toads, Newts & Salamanders

Unit 4 studies the amphibia in more detail with specific topics that include their combination of two respiratory systems, their reproductive behaviour and diet. The amphibian ability to enter ‘stasis’ is discussed, along with threats to their survival.

Unit # 5

Reptiles - Crocodilia & Squamata

This unit studies crocodilia include alligators, crocodiles and the gharial. The Squamata discussed in unit 5 include the lizards, iguanas, geckos and snakes. Topics include differences in anatomy between the crocodila and squamata, reproductive behaviour and diet and endangerment.

Unit # 6

Evolutionary Herpetology

Unit 6 is all about unusual examples of animals in the reptile and amphibian classes. The examples demonstrate evidence of evolutionary development from the time when all life lived in the seas, to when animals moved onto the land.

ZSL Fellowship

When you study a wildlife, zoology or conservation course with Animal Courses Direct, you will be eligible to apply for ZSL Fellowship. Fellows get unlimited access for them and a family guest to ZSL London and Whipsnade Zoos plus borrowing rights in the extensive ZSL library of rare zoological texts. Enrol on your course and apply directly to ZSL for Fellowship.

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Herpetology Course

The Herpetology course is relevant working and volunteering with reptiles and amphibians as well as for reptile/amphibian owners.

Learn about reptile and amphibian origins, classification, anatomy and physiology. The Herpetology course also studies endangered species and threats to their survival.

The course units explore the diet & nutritional requirements, reproduction and general behaviour of frogs, toads, newts, salamanders, snakes, geckos, turtles, lizards, iguanas, tortoises, terrapins & crocodilia.

Herpetology Practical Training (1 /2 weeks optional placement)

This is an opportunity to gain hands-on experience assisting sick, and injured an unwanted exotic pets.

Our partner charity, the RSPCA Reptile Rescue Centre in Brighton, rehabilitates and rehomes many different exotic pets including Parrots, Raccoons, Marmoset monkeys, Turtles, Snakes,Lizards and many other reptiles.

Their staff and volunteers provide vital assessments and medications to all animals coming into the centre and aims to rehabilitate and rehome with the most suitable owners. Students attending this facility will gain hands-on experience assisting with the rescue care and rehoming of exotic pets.

The practical can be varied and may include some all of the following:

  • Assisting with assessing of rescued / unwanted animals
  • Animal handling and restraint
  • Common diseases and treatments in all exotic pets
  • Assisting the medical team with treatment and first aid as advised by the vet
  • General cleaning duties such as cleaning walls/cages/floors and restocking food bins
  • Feeding
  • Casualty enrichment
  • Educating prospective owners about reptile care and welfare
  • Temperature and humidity recording

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The course explores the evidence of evolutionary development from the time when all life lived in the seas, to when animals moved onto the land.

Reptiles have been a part of animal life for hundreds of millions of years. Fossil remains suggest that reptiles were more diverse in the distant past but today, just four orders of reptile remain.

Certain modern reptiles such as the Crocodilia, can be traced to ancient forms whilst one Order, the Rhynchocephalia (Tuatara), is considered to resemble the earliest reptiles. Although animal life is found on every continent, the reptilia are found on six of the seven continents.

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