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(19th – 23rd April 2023)


Herpetology, a broad term for the study of reptiles and amphibians, includes many different areas of this subject, including ecology, behavior, conservation, education, and evolution. Be it sitting by a river to watch breeding frogs, educating the public to reduce snakebites, or even working in a lab to determine how various species are linked, all of it wraps under herpetology. The work of herpetologists is important for the conservation of threatened and endangered species and for using them to evaluate overall environmental conditions in an ecosystem.

We at The Nature’s Eye provide you with this 5-Day workshop which is certainly going to add to your level of knowledge, awareness, and horizon of understanding of the subject.

About our speakers:

Dr. Jayaditya Purkayastha is a wildlife biologist with his area of interest being the taxonomy and systematics of amphibians and reptiles of Northeast India. He is also interested in studying the impact of urbanization on the biodiversity living in and around the cities and is currently working for the Assam State Biodiversity Board.

Some highlights of his studies and work:

  • He has done his Ph.D. from the Zoology Department of Gauhati University.

  • Has published 80 scientific articles mainly pertaining to amphibians and reptiles and also has described 14 new species.

  • Authored 5 books.

  • He is the General Secretary of a green NGO Help Earth and a member of the Amphibian Network of South Asia; IUCN/SSC, Tortoise, and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group; IUCN/SSC, Skink Specialist Group and Indian Birds Conservation Network.

Mr. Kayden Anthony (Will be conducting the introductory session ad evolutionary history on the first day) is a Wildlife Biologist and Founder of The Nature’s Eye powered by Wildlifearc. He works as an environmental educator with various college students across Mumbai. He has worked with various organizations as a freelance naturalist and snake awareness educator and as one of the authors for the Indian snake organization.


Day 1:​ Introduction to Herpetology

  • Etymology

  • Taxonomy

  • Evolutionary History of herpetology

  • Herpetological Timeline

  • Characteristics and common ancestors

Day 2: Basics to Amphibians Ecology and Taxonomy: With special emphasis on species of North-East

  • Sampling methodology

  • Collecting and marking techniques

  • Data documentation

  • Taxonomy Conservation ethics

Day 3:Basics to Reptiles Ecology and Taxonomy: With special emphasis on species of North-East

  • Lizards & Snakes: Introduction to reptiles

  • Snake taxonomy

  • Snake identification methods

  • Scale counting

  • Rescue techniques using professional equipment

  • How not to rescue snakes

  • Snake release

  • First aid for snake bites

  • Legal issues

  • Maintaining a stud book

  • Environmental education

  • Witness live snake rescue by professional snake rescuers

Day 4:Turtles and Tortoise:

  • Conservation approaches

  • How to do field surveys​

  • Discuss the permits and authorizations that are required from various agencies.

  • Identification points

  • Current scenarios

Day 5:Modern Advanced tools and techniques in herpetology 

  • Molecular data approaches 

  • Morphometrics 

  • Bioacoustics 

  • Scientific photography 

  • Student questions, and interaction.

Additional Benefits:

LIVE QUIZ/ASSIGNMENT: For Qualification Certificate

Details of the Workshop:

Date: 19th – 23rd April 2023

Time: 5:00 PM Onwards

Platform: Zoom

Mode: Online

Fee: 1599/-

Group Discounts Available (For groups of 3 or more):

1055/- Each Till 1st Early Bird

1255/- Each Till 2nd Early Bird

1st Early Bird: 1199/- (Till 26th March 2023)

2nd Early Bird: 1399/- (Till 9th April 2023)

E-certificates for participation will be given to all.

Qualification Certificates will be provided after a live test and its assessment.

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