Texts & Guides

Course materials

A field guide to the amphibians and reptiles such as:

  • Conant, R, JT Collins & I Hunt Conant. 1998. A Field Guide to Reptiles & Amphibians: Eastern and Central North America. Houghton Mifflin. ISBN: 0395904528.
  • Behler, JL & FW King. 1979. The National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Reptile and Amphibians. Knopf. ISBN: 0394508246.
  • Earlier (and cheaper!) editions are probably available at used book stores.
  • Field book (compact and hard cover)
  • Numerous pencils (ink tends to run and smear when it gets wet, and your book will most likely get wet at some point or another)


There is no mandatory textbook. We will provide you with most of the basic concepts and theories in lecture and this will be supplemented with assigned readings and seminars. A few good introductory herpetology textbooks exist:

  • Duellman WE & Trueb L. 1994. Biology of Amphibians. Johns Hopkins Univ. Press.
  • Cogger HG & Zweifel RG. 1998. Encyclopedia of Reptiles and Amphibians. 2nd ed. Academic Press.
  • Heyer WR, Donnely MA, McDiarmid RW, Kayek LC & Foster MS. 1994. Measuring and Monitoring Biological Diversity. Standard Methods for Amphibians. Smithsonian Inst. Press.
  • Pough FH, Andrews RM, Cadle JE, Crump ML, Savitzky AH & Wells KD. 2004. Herpetology. 3rd ed. Pearson Education.
  • Vitt LJ & Caldwell JP. 2013. Herpetology. An Introductory Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles. 4th Edition. Elsevier.
  • Zug GR. 1993. Herpetology : An Introductory Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles. Academic Press