Meeting Times

Lecture: Mondays & Wednesdays: 11 AM-12:15 PM in FA301

Laboratory: Monday: 2:00 PM-5:00 PM in FA 252



C. Richard Tracy     (dtracy@unr.eduSarah Snyder      (ssnyder213@gmail.com)

     FA 259                                                                     FA 142

Fran Sandmeier      (fcsandmeier@gmail.com)

     FA 140

Office Hours: by appointment

Course Objectives

This course is designed to provide a general overview of the biology of amphibians and reptiles including aspects of their evolutionary history, taxonomy, anatomy, physiology, ecology, behavior, conservation, and natural history. The emphasis is on adaptive breakthroughs within each major lineage.

Texts & Reading Materials

Laurie J. Vitt and Janalee P, Caldwell. 2008.  Herpetology, Third Edition: An Introductory Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles


Stebbins, R. C. 2003. A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians (3rd Ed.). Houghton Mifflin, Boston, MA

Both are available in the bookstore. Additional references from the primary literature and other sources will be provided periodically as PDFs. 


   Biol 432/632, Herpetology

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