Course Content and Outcome Guide for BMZA 201

Course Number:
BMZA 201
Course Title:
Zoo Biology & Management II - Amphibians and Reptiles
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Course Description

Examines the diversity of taxa within amphibians and reptiles and how this relates to their captive husbandry and management needs and conservation issues. Department permission required. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  • Effectively research and communicate information about a diversity of amphibians and reptiles to a
    variety of audiences.
  • Manage captive populations of amphibians and reptiles in a team environment through the appropriate
    application of knowledge of their specific biology and husbandry requirements.
  • Advocate for amphibian and reptile conservation programs

Course Activities and Design

The format for this course is traditional lecture presentations and class discussions. Lecture will be presented utilizing a variety of multimedia and interactive presentations.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Quizzes and final exam
  • Term paper
  • Team husbandry presentation
  • Participation in class discussions

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, & Issues

  • Evolution and taxonomy of amphibians and reptiles
  • General amphibian biology
  • General amphibian husbandry,
    • Enclosures
    • Feeding
    • Health
    • Breeding
  • Amphibian conservation projects
  • Caecilian taxonomy, biology, & husbandry
  • Salamander taxonomy, biology, husbandry, & conservation
  • Frog & toad taxonomy, biology, husbandry, & conservation
  • General reptile biology
  • General reptile husbandry,
    • Enclosures
    • Feeding
    • Health
    • Breeding
  • Reptile conservation projects
  • Turtle & tortoise taxonomy, biology, husbandry, & conservation
  • Lizard taxonomy, biology, husbandry, & conservation
  • Snake taxonomy, biology, husbandry, & conservation
  • Venom & Antivenom
  • Tuatara biology, husbandry, & conservation
  • Crocodylian taxonomy, biology, husbandry, & conservation

Process Skills

  • Locate and demonstrate understanding of both general information and peer reviewed research regarding biology, husbandry, and conservation of amphibians and reptiles
  • Clear written and oral presentation of information regarding amphibians and reptiles
  • Work as part of a team to develop presentations and present information