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Herpetology Internship

Herpetology interns assist the Herpetology department with daily care of the Aquarium's reptiles, amphibians, and associated invertebrates.

Essential Functions

  • Prepare diets for and feed the on- and off-exhibit reptiles and amphibians
  • Mist, clean, and otherwise help tend the on- and off-exhibit reptiles and amphibians
  • Change exhibit water and clean filters in order to maintain the highest water quality possible for the animals
  • Tend the locust (live food) colony, orb-weaving spiders, and colonies of non-venomous exotic arthropods (wood and hissing roaches, millipedes, and walking sticks)
  • Assist in the maintenance of the live food cultures (fruit flies, springtails, crickets, rats, mice)
  • Conduct and record animal observations
  • Perform special projects as determined by the Herpetology staff
  • Observe medical procedures on collection animals.


  • Must be enrolled in an accredited college, pursing a degree in biology, zoology, animal behavior, ecology, environmental science, or a related field.
  • Must be comfortable working with frogs, lizards, fish, rodents, crickets, and other terrestrial arthropods.
  • Must complete a minimum of 120 hours of work within the selected term.

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