Dive into the world of amphibian and reptile care with Critter Caretakers, an 8-week virtual course hosted by the Amphibian Foundation! Inspired by our Husbandry + Captive Management Course for adults, this class is specially tailored for curious minds aged 10-15 eager to learn how to care for reptiles and amphibians.

Led by Master Herpetologist and AF Virtual Education Administrator, Erin Shebish, Critter Caretakers promises an engaging blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning, allowing you to delve into the realm of caring for these creatures at your own pace, anywhere in the world.

Each week, embark on a journey of discovery through pre-recorded lessons and assignments, covering everything from the basics of amphibian and reptile care to the intricacies of habitat selection and enrichment. Join your fellow classmates for live one-hour sessions every week, where you can interact with Erin, ask burning questions, and even showcase your own pet reptiles and amphibians!

Whether you're fascinated by the gentle demeanor of Leopard Geckos or captivated by the graceful movements of a Ball Python, Critter Caretakers will equip you with the knowledge and skills to become a responsible steward of these remarkable creatures.

Course Schedule - Class starts Saturday, May 25, 2024


Registration closes on May 23rd. We are not able to enroll students after registration closes.

  • Week 1 - Introduction and basics: How, when, and where to chose a pet herp.
  • Week 2 - Salamanders + Newts
  • Week 3 - Frogs + Toads
  • Week 4 - Lizards
  • Week 5 - Snakes
  • Week 6 - Turtles + Tortoises
  • Week 7 - Advanced Topics: Continuing Husbandry Education, Handling and Socialization, Health and Veterinary Care, Enrichment and Behavioral Needs
  • Week 8 - Final Exam
Students who complete the course successfully will be receive a certifcate of completion for the course. The registration fee covers all lectures, handouts, and reading materials & the certificate.


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Registration is Open for the Online Course!

Critter Caretakers: Amphibian and Reptile Care for the Jr Herpetologist online is $195 for the 8 week program. It includes the lectures, all handouts, a certificate, and final exam.

Class starts May 25, 2024
Registration closes May 23, 2024

Login information will be emailed to students on May 24, the day before the first day of class. We are unable to accept registrations after closing.


Ages 10 - 15

Meets at 11am & 11pm EST each Saturday for a live session.
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Lead Instructor, Erin

Critter Caretakers: Amphibian and Reptile Care for the Jr Herpetologist is led by Master Herpetologist and AF Virtual Education Administrator, Erin.

If you would like to contact the Virtual Education team with questions, you can reach them directly at the link below.

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Live Zoom Sessions!

The (optional) live sessions for the Junior Master Herpetologist are fun, and all the students are encouraged to attend. Because students come from all over the world, each week the live sessions are at 1 am and 1pm to maximize the chances that every student will be able to join one of them. Please join Erin (Lead Instructor) and bring your questions, and if you have one, bring your pet critter too! The live sessions will be recorded and made available to all students.


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