the study of amphibians and reptiles
The first dinosaur fossils were recognized in the nineteenth century
Above Data from MSN Encantra Learning and Research
Groups of Reptiles
Lizards and Snakes
Turtles and Tortoises
Juvenile Bearded Dragon Sub-adult Bearded Dragon
The "Dragon King" Relaxing at his Summer Home
The dragons are in the classroom with Mrs. King all year,
but during the summer they reside pool-side in sunny Florida.
Great back yard shots
Chameleo jacksonii xantholophus
Our chameleons are from Madagascar.
These photos were taken the first day we got them.
Monitor hatchling 2 weeks old
My newest addition 3/07
Ecosystems at the Brevard Zoo
formally known as Elaphe guttata
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"Mating occurs from March to May.
Eggs are laid in June and July. From 7 - 31 eggs are laid under logs, old
sawmill dust piles, or in chambers in the soil. After incubation for about 70
days, the young hatch in August and September. Sexual maturity is reached when a
female is at least 68 cm (26.8 in) in snout-vent length. The male is probably
somewhat smaller at sexual maturity (The
Georgia Museum of Natural History and Georgia Department of Natural
Mendelism through Corn Snake Genetics article published in NSTA's journal, The Science Teacher, January 2004
This snake hatched right in my hand
The possibilities are endless
Generalized Arrangement of Internal Anatomy (Male)
In a female snake, the testes are replaced by ovaries positioned in the same area of the body.
Freaks of Nature
Photo taken at Tampa Reptile Expo 2004
Watch "Python Hunters"
with Shawn Heflick
July 12, July 19 and July 26, 2010 at 10pm
King snakes are non-venomous constrictors. They are however cannibalistic, meaning they eat other King snakes... talk about watching your back (actually they eat head first)! They also eat rodents, lizards, birds, eggs and even frogs. These are interesting snakes because they are immune to rattlesnake venom, which makes King snakes a great specimen to study. Think about future studies with these snakes that would allow scientists to come up with anti-venom serum for rattle snake bites or how these snakes would be useful in the study of specific enzymes in blood that may make them immune to these bites.
California King Snake
Lampropeltis getulus californiae
Size: Adults are usually 0.9 meter long, rarely as long as 1.2 m.
Distribution: Western U.S. from Baha California, north to Oregon and Southern Utah and east to western Arizona.
Habitat: Lives in rock outcrops, semi-desert, brushy hillsides, or pine forests.
Florida King Snake
Lampropeltis getulus floridana
Size: 0.9 -2m
Apalachicola King Snake
Lampropeltis getulus ________
photo coming soon
Mexican Milk Snake
Lampropeltis triangulum annulata
Pueblan Milk Snake
Lampropeltis triangulum campbelli
Boa constrictor constrictor
Peruvian Rainbow Boa
Epicrates cenchria gaigei
Amazon Tree Boa
Order Anura: Frogs and Toads
This little guy was purchased at the Orlando FIRE Show on 7/19/08.
This photo shows the frog is in the 1 lb. deli container it was purchased in and will be housed in a 10 gal. tank in the classroom. Amazingly, an adult Pac Man frog reaches the size of a dinner plate, however, since they are not very active the 10 gallon tank should be sufficient.
This treefrog was in my pool cage in a palm tree.
This treefrog is a non-native species, first seen in the Florida Keys in the early 1930's and is now immigrating up the Florida East Coast. It's diet consists of other small frogs and crickets. This is particularly important because the Cuban treefrog could cause a decline the population of smaller frogs, and/or wiping out populations of native species. This species is currently the largest treefrog in the United States, with females reaching up to 5 inches in length.
Mr. & Mrs. King