Herpetology is the study of reptiles and amphibians. In this course, you have the chance to learn about the ecological and biological characteristics of both reptiles and amphibians.

If you have a strong desire to learn more about conservation of these animals or how to keep them at home as pets then the Herpetology course is perfect for you.

Those working with animals such as a vet clinic or rescue centre may find this course useful for specialising in working with reptiles and amphibians in their workplace.


Course Outline
Course Code: 
100 hours - Access for 12 months
Online & Correspondence
Statement of achievement
Lesson Structure: 
  1. Introduction to Herpetology
  2. Class Reptilia (Reptiles)
  3. Reptile Biology
  4. Class Amphibia (Amphibians)
  5. Amphibian Biology
  6. Ecology of Reptiles
  7. Ecology of Amphibians
  8. Conservation Issues
  9. Keeping Reptiles and Amphibians
Aims - the learning objectives of the course: 
  • Discuss the nature and scope of reptiles.
  • Identify credible resources, and begin to develop networking with organisations and individuals involved with the study of reptiles around the world.
  • Describe a range of different reptile species, including distinguishing characteristics, their needs (eg. environmental, food) and behaviour.
  • Identify and explain the anatomy and physiology of reptiles
  • Discuss the nature and scope of amphibians
  • Describe the ecological requirements, reproduction and lifecycles of amphibians
  • Describe the behaviour of a range of different amphibian species.
  • Explain conservation issues that are impacting upon populations of reptiles and amphibians.
  • Explain the management of reptiles and amphibians in captivity