What Is Herpetology

The Herpetology is the specialization of zoology focused on the study of reptiles. In the etymology of the term, we find the Greek word herpetón, which can be translated precisely as “reptile”.

The Herpetology has been developed as a subject of specialization for students of the last years of the degree in Biology (Zoology, Ecology and Paleontology orientations) who are interested in knowledge of the natural history, origin, systematic, phylogeny, and bio geography of amphibians and reptiles; as well as for postgraduate students who wish to achieve the degree of Doctor of Natural Sciences in the area of ​​specialty.

Herpetology experts are dedicated to analyzing reptiles. They also investigate amphibians, which are animals that first breathe through gills and are aquatic and then, when they grow up, they become aerial and adopt pulmonary respiration.

This scientific discipline has enormous importance for the human being. The toxins that produce certain reptiles, for example, are used in the field of medicine. On the other hand, since amphibians tend to register a high sensitivity to pollution and ecosystem changes, they provide interesting information about the state of the environment.

It can be said that herpetology, in short, focuses on the biology of vipers, crocodiles, turtles, frogs, toads, and other animals, always belonging to the group of reptiles and amphibians. Their explorations and inquiries allow us to generate knowledge about the genetics, taxonomy, evolution and geographical distribution of these creatures.

Herpetology Salary

StateTotal EmploymentBottom 25%Median SalaryTop 75%
Alabama100$45,500$58,750$69,360
Alaska840$55,430$67,910$80,170
Arizona430$44,530$55,580$66,960
Arkansas170$40,690$49,040$59,310
California2,860$48,590$62,830$86,060
Colorado500$52,910$60,370$72,380
Connecticut70$74,650$86,270$100,850
District of Columbia90$62,480$97,930$126,790
Florida1,350$35,760$45,350$57,800
Georgia360$36,060$43,550$51,830
Hawaii150$52,450$62,490$86,080
Idaho500$45,040$56,780$71,110
Illinois150$48,600$58,520$74,980
Indiana80$40,700$54,170$66,970
Iowa90$59,560$69,270$69,280
Kentucky220$35,500$43,110$53,360
Louisiana100$46,530$63,140$74,630
Maine300$43,190$50,860$57,570
Maryland230$72,880$96,460$122,090
Massachusetts570$43,960$56,020$77,630
Michigan230$58,520$67,940$78,680
Minnesota720$46,640$54,830$61,790
Mississippi170$41,200$56,370$84,750
Missouri270$39,830$47,460$58,520
Montana330$47,030$56,510$70,800
Nebraska130$44,970$54,120$62,930
Nevada280$42,260$55,860$67,330
New Hampshire90$45,220$54,320$64,230
New Jersey140$50,420$77,870$91,710
New Mexico190$38,840$52,220$65,480
New York380$53,170$64,500$74,590
North Carolina430$44,160$52,520$65,320
North Dakota90$52,570$63,130$69,850
Ohio200$47,060$56,250$62,360
Oklahoma90$33,630$40,080$56,280
Oregon1,150$50,350$61,310$74,880
Pennsylvania270$42,420$52,100$63,150
Rhode Island40$67,630$75,710$88,070
South Carolina310$35,310$45,870$61,220
South Dakota160$38,460$46,330$57,170
Tennessee100$42,000$54,790$67,280
Texas360$49,610$59,310$75,680
Utah340$41,260$52,190$64,090
Vermont100$44,780$54,950$66,280
Virginia210$46,260$54,370$65,350
Washington1,760$54,640$63,940$83,490
West Virginia120$36,200$46,700$63,150
Wisconsin360$40,890$51,270$60,110
Wyoming340$48,540$59,350$65,150

Table data taken from BLS (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes191023.htm)

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