Herpetologists study reptiles and amphibians of all types, including frogs, crocodiles, turtles, tortoises, newts and salamanders. The natures and intentions of these studies are varied, and every herpetologist has different goals and methods, as well as special areas of interest among the varied species of reptiles and amphibians.Continue Reading
Field herpetologists study reptiles and amphibians in their natural habitats. This can be a placid discipline involving watching turtles sunning themselves or an extremely dangerous undertaking involving watching Komodo dragons and other large, aggressive reptiles from blinds and other secure structures to ascertain their behaviors and traits to further scientific knowledge.
Laboratory or academic herpetologists work not in the field but in controlled conditions in laboratories. They may experiment on reptiles and amphibians to gain knowledge about their anatomical structure, lifespans, habits and limits. They may also teach aspiring herpetologists and help to further their field by disseminating information throughout it.
A separate field of study, batrachology, deals solely with the study of amphibians. Its practitioners may also be considered herpetologists who simply do not deal with reptilian studies. The two fields are heavily interconnected and deal with a great deal of the same territory, and many species integral to the programs and studies of the former are integral to the latter.Learn more about Botany
Ringneck snakes eat earthworms, skinks, snakes, salamanders, frogs, newts and slugs. They enjoy small rodents, such as voles, mice and shrews. Bugs such as ants, spiders, centipedes, beetles, crickets and grasshoppers are also a part of their diet. Most of the insects and vertebrates that they eat are relatively small.Full Answer >
Different subspecies of salamanders and newts breathe differently at various stages of life. Siren salamanders use gills to breathe throughout their entire lives, while tiger salamanders only use gills early in life and then develop the ability to breathe through their developed lungs. Most salamanders breathe through their skin and membranes located in the mouth and throat, as they do not have gills or lungs for breathing.Full Answer >
Animals that eat slugs include ground beetles, ants, firefly larvae, marsh flies, toads, newts, salamanders, snakes, hedgehogs, shrews, moles, nematodes, raccoons, chickens, ducks and songbirds, such as the song thrush. Nematodes are microscopic worms that target and kill juvenile slugs.Full Answer >
Red-spotted newts eat insects, worms, leeches and mollusks, as well as the young and eggs of some other amphibians. In captivity, red-spotted newts have been known to eat meat.Full Answer >