Reptiles and amphibians (herpetofauna) often end up in animal shelters or veterinarians’ offices due to surrender, forced removal, or injury. When clinics and shelters are unaccustomed to regularly caring for these species, the animals end up facing additional challenges. However, understanding proper husbandry techniques can be instrumental in the healing and recovery processes. This course, designed for veterinary staff, volunteers, wildlife rehabbers, wildlife and fisheries professionals, and herp owners will cover:

  • Handling and restraint of common herps
  • Housing and heat
  • Food acquisition and choices
  • Venomous snake restraint
  • Affordable equipment and caging options

Approved for 3 CEU’s from MD Department of Natural Resources

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Tom Scollins is a New York City native, growing up next to — and many times in — the Bronx Zoo. Tom studied Zoology and Animal Husbandry at the University of Florida and Santa Fe College in Gainesville. He came to Maryland to work in the Herpetology Department at the Baltimore Zoo, where he designed many exhibits and breeding programs for several species. An expert in captive care, handling, and restraint of wildlife, Tom has a passion for education and the conservation of reptiles and amphibians. He has served as Associate Curator of Herpetology¬†at the Natural History Society of Maryland since 2015.