Step right up, ladies, gentlemen, and tykes-of-all-stripes for an up-close encounter with some of the most important ground-dwellers in the animal kingdom! Davidson’s Herpetology Laboratory has presented critter education programs to about 20,000 students and adults during the past five years, and the high point of the program is the annual “Reptile Day” held on campus. Herp lab students including biology major Maddie Kern ’13 hosted more than 800 attendees at this year’s event. Visitors had the opportunity to touch snakes and view the wide variety of lizards, turtles, frogs, salamanders, and alligators in the lab’s collection. Kern is also participating in the lab’s summer research program, comparing turtle populations in farm ponds and golf course ponds, and examining the effects of dams on reptile and amphibian communities along the Broad River in South Carolina.
Photo: Bill Giduz