Div C – High School
NC Essential Standards Alignment:
See the National Rules manual.
The official NC species list will be posted soon. The organisms that have been crossed out will NOT be on the tests in NC this year.
Event Score Sheet:
National Event Page:
NC will use the Eastern Field Guide
This event is usually done as stations that teams rotate through. It can also be done as an individual test taking an event, where each station has been copied into a test for the team. Teams may be viewing any combination of live or preserved specimens, pictures, or recorded/written descriptions. They will then be asked to answer questions (multiple choice, fill in the blank, short answer, etc) about the specimen, including but not limited to identification (no more than 50%), anatomy, habitat, life cycle, diet, history, etc. Teams may be asked multiple questions at each station. Participants will be assessed on their knowledge of amphibians and reptiles.
Each team may bring one 2019 Official National Herpetology List as well as one two-inch or smaller standard binder containing information in any form and from any source attached using the available rings. The 2019 Official National Herpetology List does not have to be secured in the binder. If the event features a rotation through a series of laboratory stations in which the participants interact with samples, specimens, or displays no material may be removed from the binder while at, or in-between, laboratory stations.
High score wins. Predetermined questions and the quality of free-response answers will be used to break ties.
- Practice identifying specimens from life as well as pictures or diagrams.
- Try splitting the list between the members of the team and becoming an expert on one half. The danger in this is what to do if one member is unable to attend the competition at the last minute.
- If one student is better at looking things up in the field guide, have that student do all the looking up while the other scans the station for easy questions they can answer without the book.
Herpetology 2018 Coaches Clinic Presentation (2019 rules)
2018 Herpetology Regional Test
2018 Herpetology State Test
2018 Herpetology State Test Answer Key
Amphibians & Reptiles of NC
The Center for North American Herpetology
The Society for the Study of Amphibians & Reptiles
NC Herpetological Society – you can become a student member!
NC Partners for Amphibians and Reptile Conservation
Partners for Amphibians and Reptile Conservation
National Wildlife Federation
Northern Praire Wildlife Research Center
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative
Living Underworld – organized and accurate information about amphibians
Reptilian circulatory system
Dichotomous Key Practice