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College Student Hang-Out Thread

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I thought it would be a good idea to start a thread for college students who keep newts and salamanders. Is anyone planning to study amphibians for their career?
 

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I am sort of, I'm kind of already working with them in an exotic animal practice but it's SO rare that I see anything other than a cat, dog, or bird that I'm doing volunteer hours at my local aquarium

I did want to go back to school for animal behavior but I don't know of any careers out there other than labs or zoo jobs (which are extremely competitive) that work with amphibians and reptiles.

Let me in if you know of any!!
 

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I'm the mother of a former college student. Is that close enough? ;) jk

This is a good idea. :)
 

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I am sort of, I'm kind of already working with them in an exotic animal practice but it's SO rare that I see anything other than a cat, dog, or bird that I'm doing volunteer hours at my local aquarium

I did want to go back to school for animal behavior but I don't know of any careers out there other than labs or zoo jobs (which are extremely competitive) that work with amphibians and reptiles.

Let me in if you know of any!!
There are some research careers which involve field work. You could probably always volunteer at a zoo or join some sort of group that regularly goes herping. You won't get paid, but you'll be doing something you enjoy.

I'm studying to become a veterinary toxicologist, but I wouldn't mind working with amphibian medicine on the side. :D
 

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Heck yes! The study of ecology of these guys is going to be super interesting with chytrid spreading someone's gotta save them all ;-). It's up to our generation to get some major conservations going!


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I'm going at school now for Marine Biology and Aquaculture and I know that's not studying amphibians but there is a lot of information that carries over and is useful. Keeping aquatic salamanders definitely falls into the realm of aquaculture especially for conservation efforts. I think this thread is a good idea.
 

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I'm getting a few prereqs out of the way right now, but I plan on getting my master's in biology and chemistry. I would ideally like a career in herpetology or ecology, but will probably go into psychopharmacology and work in the pharmaceutical industry since that's where the money is at. Cool thread idea!
 

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Most of them probably teach at colleges and on the side they do their research that the college will then fund.
That's how it works at my school for the most part.

I'm getting a few prereqs out of the way right now, but I plan on getting my master's in biology and chemistry. I would ideally like a career in herpetology or ecology, but will probably go into psychopharmacology and work in the pharmaceutical industry since that's where the money is at. Cool thread idea!
Thanks! And yeah, there's not much money in herpetology. That's one of the reasons I want to pursue my amphibian interests on the side.
 

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I'm perfectly happy working alongside exotic veterinarians for now, but there's not much money in veterinary technology either. Planning on going back for my bachelors in animal behavior and see what happens from there.
 

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I know this is kind of an old thread, but my major is statistics with a biology minor which is allowing me to take whatever upper level biology classes I want and luckily I got into the only herpetology class offered at my school in the fall (out of like 25 spots), it's gonna be super intense (according to what I've heard...) but should be interesting! has anyone else taken many classes in herpetology? any tips besides study study study?
 

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It's been 15 years (ugh, feel old) but I took herpetology and ecology in college. One time I was talking about schedules with a guy in my photography club who happened to be really skeezy and have poor hygiene. I mentioned I was taking herpetology and he disdainfully replied, "Oh, *I've* never had to take that." He thought it was a class for dealing with a herpes diagnosis! Like I would list that in my schedule. :-D Anyway, I've been laughing at that for fifteen years. (It was made all the funnier by the fact he radiated this sleazy predator vibe, yet here he was trying to shame me for imaginary herpes.)
 

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omg I'm dying laughing! I haven't really mentioned the class to anyone but I'm sure I'd get similar responses lol I'd never thought about it any other way than the study of amphibians but I can see how normal people would guess strange things :) and I did take ecology last semester and thought it was really interesting!
 

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Hey! I'm a college student as well and a newbie owner of an axolotl. I'm studying arts and design, so it's pretty far from ecology. I've wanted a salamander for quite a while already since I think they're just look really cool. I'm supposed to be reading this article for a class assignment, but I keep looking at my axolotl because it looks so cool! :')
 

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Hi! I'm interested in amphibians, and I'm going to find some information about their eating habits for my paper. I never liked writing, as I always make a lot of mistakes, and can't express my thoughts right. I think about applying to pro-papers writing service, as I heard a lot about it from my friends. But I found their review, and doubt if it is a reliable service.
 
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As part of their undergraduate research, college students keep newts and salamanders in the hopes of studying them. These creatures need a muddy area to swim in and a dry area for them to live on. Many people use large bowls of water or set up semi-aquatic enclosures that are 75 percent land and 25 percent water. They eat frog eggs and tadpoles, as well as earthworms and snails. Occasionally, they'll also eat small fish, crickets, and dried flies. While this is an excellent option, they do have toxins in their bodies and should be kept away from pets.

I read this on the write the paper website!
I personally have never kept salamanders, I find it very difficult to do so in a hostel.
Students who do it, what do you think?
 
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That's how it works at my school for the most part.


Thanks! And yeah, there's not much money in herpetology. That's one of the reasons I want to pursue my amphibian interests on the side.
how are your studies?? i am guessing you have finished them. how did you go?
 
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I'm a herpetologist, I have a BSc in Wildlife and Fisheries Science, an MSc in Wildlife Science, and a PhD in Environmental Science. What actually qualifies me as a herpetologist is not really my degrees but the experience and scientific research I've done that has focused on Reptiles and Amphibians.
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