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Old 02-25-03, 07:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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calling all herpetoligists~

ok, we all come here becuase we have a big interest in reptiles right? well is anyone here an actual herpetoligist? just wondering if anyone is. that would be great if there were a few.
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I don't know how many herpetoligist there are but there are a ton of people here that have been keeping snakes forever.
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it's Herpetologist, btw
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yeah i was questioning that i, oh well, any herpetologists?
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lol.....i just keep 1 cornsnake.....lol....NOT ME!
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First you have to define Herpetologist.
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Her`pe*tol"o*gist\, n. One versed in herpetology, or the natural history of reptiles
By that definition, I consider myself a herpetologist.
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good call bwsmith. i mean someone who does it for an occupation. actually as a job. im gonna throw out an example we all know. someone like steve erwin. i guess a reptile expert would be a good term also.
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Also maybe you could fine tune your question (definitions are so hard to analyze) to has anybody here actually gone to school for a course on Herpetology?

That might be a more specific question.
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Herpetology degrees are few and far between. Not many schools offer them. Generally i have found that you get a degree in Biology or Zoology and get Herpetology credits through independant study. But there are a few school around that offer a herpetology degree.
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Yup that's what I meant, I haven't actually heard of a school that offers a degree in Herpetology, except I know of one in Australia (go figure). I think it's Guelph that has a herpetology course in Ontario... I haven't found any others so far that offer it. You don't have to do it through independent study, though, they offer an actual in-school course with half the year spent on labs I think ... I haven't checked out the course description in a while lol..

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Interesting. I always thought herpetology was a recognized field, like being a physician, a plumber, or a mechanic. Either you are one or you're not. Hmmm.
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Most of the time, it is more of an honorary title.
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Steve Irwin does not have a degree in herpetology, however, Jeff Corwin does. I believe Mark O'Shea also holds a degree, but I am not sure about that.
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ya it is guelph that has the herp course.
I did my degree in zoology there and took the herp course and completed my thesis in herpetology.
As far as i know that is the closest you can get to a herp degree in ontario (there is no specific degree)
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Awesome, thanks Matt! I was looking into that... I think my guidance councellor has me planned out for the Wildlife and Habitat Ecology degree, and to take the herp course. How did you find it?

Steve doesn't have the degree, he went to school for herpetology though in western Australia, I think... I don't think it was at the same school that offers the degree though.

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