Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

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. Prerequisites: BMZA 101. 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