Herpetology Familiarization

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This class is taught by Tim Cole.

With the continuing urban expansion of most Texas cities encroaching natural habitats, human encounters with native wildlife are becoming more frequent.  Many animals can adapt and even thrive in the presence of humans, which will eventually lead to nuisance. Identifying some of the diets, behaviors and habitats of some common indigenous snakes and reptiles in Texas will help explain their part in the ecosystem and how to discourage their presence in residential neighborhoods. 

This class will cover proper identification of indigenous snakes, lizards, turtles, and alligators, as well as cover safe capture and handling techniques. A hands-on block of instruction with live animals, including venomous snakes, is included.

As our primary goal is education, ACO’s will learn how to guide the public toward a peaceful coexistence with wildlife and we will also examine how to make a residential area less conducive to wildlife invasion instead of adopting a “catch and kill”  or "Catch and relocate" mentality. 

Proper husbandry of snakes and other reptiles will be covered at an introductory level as well as animal cruelty as it pertains to herp species.


* Please note live animals will be brought to class

DSHS Approved for 4 hours CEU


This class is ideally suited for:


Tim Cole is the Owner of Austin Reptile Service and has been keeping reptiles for over 40 years.  He is an Advanced Level Animal Control Officer and holds a Texas Parks and Wildlife rehabilitation permit for reptiles. Tim is also a founding member of the Austin Herpetological Society as well as has sat on the board of various Herpetological Societies.