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Last update January 1, 2014

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Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
- Arthur C. Clarke

Magic is just science we don't yet understand.
- Isaac Asimov

The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
- Eden Phillpotts


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What is Herpetology?
Herpetology is the study of reptiles and amphibians. Herp is from a Greek word, herpeton, which is loosely translated into "things which creep and crawl on their bellies." While all universities teach biology/zoology, not all of them have classes about reptiles. Here are some that do...


Are You Interested in Working With Animals?
Looking for a job that involves working with animals? Thinking about a career in veterinary medicine, as a veterinarian or a veterinary technician?


Are You Interested in Keeping a Reptile Pet?
There is a lot to read and think about before you get a reptile for a pet. Because parents have to be responsible for making sure that the reptile gets everything he or she needs, it is important that your parents are part of the decision-making. An article you can read together is So, you think you want a reptile? and Reptile Rage. If your parents say no, read So, your folks won't let you have a reptile...? to find out about some things you can do before you try to get them to change their minds.


Imagine: A Visualization Exercise
Recipe for a Rainforest
Lawrence Hall of Science Games & Activities
National Geographic Printable Coloring Book
World Wildlife Fund's Kid Stuff


Information You Can Use
Beastly Words
Emma's Iguana Clip-Art Page
Glossary of Herp Terms
How Humans Affect Animals
Reptile & Amphibian Mythunderstandings


Not For The Easily Grossed Out...
Squeemed out about bugs? Then maybe this isn't the place for you! Journey to the University of Kentucky's Entomology Department. This is a treasure trove of goodies on insects, including projects, activities--even some recipes!

Visiting Northern California? Be sure to stop in at the Hotlix candy store for some treats certain to bug your eyes out.

For classroom treats, head over to the Iowa State University Bug Lab for some other yummy treats. Trust me: no one will complain about cafeteria food again!

Roadkill doesn't just have to be a pile on the road. Instead, see how students can learn about animals and their environment in Dr. Splatt's Roadside Attraction.


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