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Course Overview

Do you have a passion for wildlife? And are you one of those individuals that find snakes and lizards fascinating?

Then look no further and welcome to our Reptile Zoology course! Here in Australia we are very lucky to have a beautiful variety of native reptiles and amphibians.

In this course learn all about snakes, frogs, crocs and more! Learn about their biology, anatomy, general healthcare and habitats.

The course also includes general zoo keeping units including captive husbandry and safe animal handling/care.

This course is a wonderful starting place for someone looking at career in working with these animals! Start with our course, get into the industry and then perhaps even make the jump into University when you are ready!

Units

The Nature and Scope of Zoos

  • What is a Zoo?
  • The Evolution of Zoos
  • Change in Zoo Design
  • Modern Zoos and Sanctuaries
  • Legislation
  • Codes of Practices
  • Animal Welfare
  • Enrichment
  • Record Keeping
  • Identification Tags
  • Animal Taxonomy
  • Phylums & Classes of the Animal Kingdom
  • The Function of Zoos
  • Research and Zoos
  • Education in Zoos

Occupational Health and Safety in Zoos

  • Workplace Health & Safety
  • Legislation
  • Health & Safety Management in Zoos
  • Zoonoses
  • Legionnaires Disease
  • Other Safety Issues
  • Risk Management

Captive Husbandry - Nutrition and Feeding

  • Animal Nutrition
  • The Effect of Poor Nutrition on Animal Behaviour
  • Water Requirements
  • Essential Dietary Components
  • Vitamins & Minerals
  • Food Storage & Preparation
  • Presentation of Food

Captive Husbandry - Health

  • Monitoring Health
  • Maintaining Health
  • Diseases
  • Quarantine
  • Record Keeping/Animal Transfer Data
  • Enrichment Data Transfer Form

Captive Husbandry - Reproduction

  • The Need for Captive Breeding
  • Captive Breeding in Zoos
  • Goals of Captive Breeding
  • Issues with Captive Breeding
  • Inbreeding Risks
  • Captive Breeding Programs
  • Monitoring the Reproductive Status of Zoo Animals
  • Assisted Reproduction
  • Stud Books
  • Birth Control and Separation

Captive Husbandry - Behaviour and Enrichment

  • Ethology
  • Behaviour
  • Types of Behaviour
  • Behaviours in Captive Animals
  • Learned Behaviour
  • The Flight or Fight Response
  • Animal Behaviours
  • Animal Welfare Indicators
  • Environmental Influence on Behaviour
  • Behaviour Management
  • Environmental Enrichment

Human-Animal Interactions

  • Optimum Enclosure Design
  • The Perfect Enclosure?
  • Replicating Nature
  • Providing Stimulating Environments
  • Physical Enrichment
  • Feeding Enrichment
  • Sensory Enrichment
  • Social Enrichment

Enclosure Design and Maintenance

  • Optimum Enclosure Design
  • The Perfect Enclosure?
  • Replicating Nature
  • Providing Stimulating Environments
  • Physical Enrichment
  • Feeding Enrichment
  • Sensory Enrichment
  • Social Enrichment

Problem-based Learning Project - Environmental Enrichment

  • Introduction and Definition of PBL
  • Problem Definition
  • Team Structure and Interaction
  • Discussion
  • Resources
  • Guidelines
  • Final Report

Introduction to Herpetology

  • Herpetology Defined
  • Introduction to Reptiles
  • Animal Taxonomy
  • Classification of Reptiles
  • Characteristics of Reptiles
  • Testudine Characteristics (Turtles)
  • Squamata Characteristics (Snakes and Lizards)
  • Rhynchocephalia Characteristics (Tuatara)
  • Classification of Amphibians
  • Amphibian Characteristics
  • Building Resources and Developing Networks
  • Terminology

Class Reptilia (Reptiles)

  • Reptile Classification
  • Water Conservation
  • Reproduction
  • Order Chelonia (Testudines); Turtles
  • Order Crocodilia; Crocodilians
  • Order Squamata
  • Scaled Reptiles; Lizards (Suborder Sauria) and Snakes (Suborder Serpentes)

Reptile Biology

  • Reptile Anatomy
  • Skeleton
  • Scales and Skutes
  • Ectothermal Regulation
  • Coloration
  • Respiration and Metabolism
  • Food and Digestion
  • Senses
  • Locomotion

Class Amphibia (Amphibians)

  • Order Anura (Frogs and Toads)
  • Order Apoda (Caecilians)
  • Order Urodela (Salamanders and Newts)

Amphibian Biology

  • Amphibian Skeleton
  • Skin
  • Ectothermal Regulation
  • Colouration
  • Respiration and Metabolism
  • Branchial
  • Buccopharyngeal
  • Cutaneous
  • Pulmonic
  • Food and Digestion
  • Senses
  • Locomotion
  • Reproduction

Ecology of Reptiles

  • Species Richness
  • Constriction
  • Injected Venom
  • Inertia Feeding
  • Biting and Grasping
  • Suction Feeding
  • Reproductive Strategies
  • Viviparity
  • Oviparity
  • Nest Building
  • Habitat Use: Aquatic and Terrestrial
  • Basking
  • Hibernation

Ecology of Amphibians

  • Use of Habitat
  • Temperature Relationships
  • Feeding
  • Vocal Communication: Advertisement calls, Territorial calls, Release calls, Distress calls
  • Social Behaviour
  • Dealing with Predators
  • Reproduction and Parental Care

Conservation Issues

  • Habitat Change
  • Edge Effects
  • Pollution; especially Water Pollution
  • Environmental Acidification (Acid Rain)
  • Pesticides
  • Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
  • Spread of Disease
  • Invasive Species
  • Climate Change
  • Spread of Disease
  • Disease in Wild Populations
  • Trade in Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Conservation
  • Conservation Genetics
  • Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

Keeping Reptiles and Amphibians

  • Introduction
  • Legal Issues
  • Special Conditions for Amphibians
  • Special Conditions for Reptiles
  • Preventing Spread of Disease from Reptiles to Humans
  • Housing
  • Reptile Captivity Problems
  • Reptile Feed and Feeding
  • Amphibians and Reptile Species that are in Captivity
  • Feeding Amphibians
  • General Care
  • Common Ailments in Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Parasitic Diseases
  • Fungal Diseases
  • Viral Diseases
  • Metabolic Bone Disease
  • Thiamine Deficiency

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Online 24/7 access to your course allowing you to study when it suits your schedule
  • Access to a variety of learning formats including ebooks, self assessment tests and assignments
  • Tutoring services to ensure no question you have goes unanswered.
  • A lifetime loyalty discount of 20% off all your tools and products from our industry partner.
  • A certificate of attainment upon completion.
  • Tutor support service available to you by phone and email 6 days a week.

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