Keeping Reptiles Newsletter
  Issue 10 Vol 7 November 2011
Careers Working With Reptiles In this Issue

Herpetology is the study of reptiles and amphibians. For reptile lovers a career in Herpetology can be very exciting. Herpetologists are required to have a degree in Biology. They spend years studying and working with reptiles either through volunteer groups or independently. Once you become a Herpetologist, there are many areas in the field you can go into.


A Herpetologist can choose a career in research at universities and colleges around the world. The research would include studies of reptiles and amphibians. These studies could be biochemical, ecological or behavioral just to name a few. Once the research is concluded, you will write reports and articles for publishing. In addition to universities, zoos, conservation groups and museums will hire Herpetologist to do research.

Zoo Keeper

As a zoo keeper, the Herpetologist is responsible for the complete care of the reptiles. From diet to keeping their habitat clean and safe, the care of the reptile is up to the zoo keeper. Another important part of the zoo keeper’s job is to assist in breeding programs.
The Herpetologist may also take part in the educational programs the zoo offers. You can also go into research at many of the zoos.

A degree in biology is required as well as many courses in Herpetology. There are a limited number of zoos, so landing a job as a zoo keeper can be tough.

Herp Veterinarian

The demand for Herp Veterinarians is growing, more and more people are keeping reptiles as pets. As a Herp Veterinarian the complete care for reptiles is practiced. Not only their medical health, but dental and grooming as well. Educating the owner is also a big part of the job.

A degree in science is required, followed by 4 years of veterinary school and several years as an intern. As a veterinarian, you will need to keep up to date on new procedures, so continuing education is a must.

Herp Veterinary Technician

A Herp Veterinary Technician works closely with the Herp Veterinarian caring for reptile patients. You can expect to perform various tasks from day to day, these could include taking patient histories, taking measurements and weight, administering medication and giving vaccines just to name a few.

Education is far less than that of a Herp Veterinarian. You will need at least a two-year Associate of Science degree or a four-year Bachelor of Science.

There are many places that will hire a Herp Veterinary Technician. In addition to Herp Veterinarians, zoos and wildlife organizations and sanctuaries are also in need of Herp

Veterinary Technicians

Whether you are interested in research or the direct care of reptiles, there are many opportunities to find a career in Herpetology. These are only a small sampling of careers available.

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  2. Top Ten Questions on Snakes as Pets
  3. Get Paid to write an article
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Top Ten Questions on Snakes as Pets

Can I Feed My Pet Snake Live Rodents?

Yes you can, however pre-killed rodents are the preferred way to feed your pet snake. Live rodents can sometimes inflict harm to the snake while defending itself. If you do choose to feed a live rodent, be sure to monitor the snake and if it hasn’t fed within 45 minutes, remove the rodent from the cage and reintroduce it later.

Why Does The Snake Need Heating Pads?

Snakes cannot regulate their body heat. Heat can be provided in several different ways. Online stores and your local pet supply store have many items such as heating lights, heating pads and heating rocks available. The snake’s habitat must provide areas where it is warm as well as cooler areas for the snake to cool off when necessary.

What Are The Best Snakes For Beginners?

The easiest and most popular snakes for beginners are the King snake, Corn snake, Rat snake, Milk snake and Ball Python. They are all pretty docile and easy to tame.

What Size Habitat Should I Provide For My Snake?
The general rule of thumb is to provide ¾ square inches of space for every inch of your snake’s size. Be sure that as your snake grows in size, you are increasing the size of its habitat.

Can I Turn A Wild Snake Into A Pet?

It is not recommended. Wild snakes tend to carry parasites and disease. They usually become stressed and are much harder to tame. You should purchase your pet snake from a reputable breeder.

Can I Turn My Snake Into A Vegetarian?

No, snakes are Carnivores. They are meat eaters, and you should never try to turn them into vegetarians, they will starve to death. They need meat to survive. Their diet should consist of mice, rats, rabbits, quail etc.

What If My Snake Won’t Eat?

If a snake is about to shed its skin, it will not feed. Wait until the snake has completed shedding its skin to offer food. Another reason a snake won’t feed is the condition of their habitat. There may be problems with the temperature, humidity or the cleanliness of the habitat.

Can I Keep More Than One Snake In A Habitat?

This is not recommended. Some breeds of snakes will eat other snakes. Make sure you completely research the breeds of snakes you plan to house together.

Are All Snakes Acceptable As Pets?

No, you want to stay away from keeping any venomous snakes as pets. Anacondas and very large constricting snakes can be very dangerous to keep, so they should be avoided as well.

How Long Will My Pet Snake Live? Depending on the particular breed, some snakes can live 20-30 years. You can research your specific breed for its life expectancy.

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