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Each person will select a topic that gives glimpses into what herps are all about. Each person will give a presentation summarizing the paper. The presentation should be precisely seven minutes long accompanied by a one-page handout, and two quiz questions. We will usually have two presentations per class period. Although this could cause a bit of jumping around from topic-to-topic, it could be a learning experience that can be fun for all of us and might help break up the long class period. The topics are the kinds of questions people ask once people know you are in herpetology. You need to prepare a handout for the class prepared in advance. You should rehearse this presentation so you don’t go too long. Seven minutes goes by very quickly! The goal is to hit the high points of the topic and give a short, informative, interesting talk. You need to prepare the one-page handout and 2 quiz questions by 10 am on the day you are presenting so that copies can be made for the class.

Topics for Herpy Reviews

1  What makes poison dart frogs poisonous?

2  Describe forms of amplexus in frogs.

3  Snake-bite first aid: Dos and Don'ts

4  Describe the types of snake locomotion and how they work

5  Evolution of the rattle: hypotheses and support

6  Color change in chamaeleons

7  Tongue projection in chamaeleons

8  Do horned lizards squirt blood from their eyes? Really? How and Why?

9  Caudal autonomy - how it works - ecological implications

10  Can frogs freeze and still live? Really? How and Why?

11  Evolution of snake venom - feeding or defense?

12  Caudal luring in snakes

13  Describe how skeletochronology works

14  What are the adaptations for eating ants?

15  Why are biodiversity collections important?

16  Describe the types of tadpoles and Gosner Stages

17  Overview of types of vocal sacs and calling in frogs

18  Explain sensory pits in boids and pit vipers

19  Types of snake dentition: description, function, distribution among families

20  Overview of specimen preparation techniques

21  Trapping and capture methods of amphibians and reptiles

22  The crocodilian heart: How does it work?

23  How do Dracos glide?

24  Marking methods for amphibians and reptiles

25  Tongue projection in plethodontidae

26  How do frogs drink?

27  Why do snakes get so social at hibernation time? Which snakes do this?

28  What is the smallest lizard; smallest frog?

29  Were dinosaurs “warm blooded?”

30  How are eggs different among reptiles?

31  What is the difference between reptile and amphibian herbivory?

32  How long can a tree frog live without returning to water?

33  Can turtles breath through their asses?

34  Who dances the Arribada and why?

35  Which turtle is considered warm-blooded, and how does it do it?


Herpy Reviews

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