Snakes of the Western Hemisphere


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Course Description

 

Snakes, also known as serpents, are the focus of this course, with heavy emphasis on snakes of the Americas. 
 

Topics include snake history, biology, lifestyle, and more along with detailed understanding of each major type of snake. Prevention and treatment of snake bites and attacks, along with snake-related activities and hobbies close out this course, leaving students empowered and equipped in both knowledge and practical application.

Course Requirements

 

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics

 

Lesson 1: Introduction and History of Snakes

Lesson 2: Snake Myths in Religion and Culture

Lesson 3: Types of Snakes and Snake Myths vs. Fact

Lesson 4: Biology of Snakes

Lesson 5: Snake Behavior

Lesson 6: The Boidae Family (Boas and Pythons)

Lesson 7: Elapids (Cobras, Mambas, Kraits and Coral Snakes)

Lesson 8: Viperidae (Vipers and Rattlesnakes)

Lesson 9: Blind Snakes and Colubrids

Lesson 10: Snake Safety

Lesson 11: When Snakes Attack

Lesson 12: Snake Hobbies

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with an assignment. Students will successfully complete this course with an overall average of 70% or higher.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know snake myths in religion and culture.
  • Describe types of snakes and snake myths versus fact.
  • Know biology of snakes.
  • Describe snake behavior.
  • Know the boidae family (boas and pythons).
  • Identify elapids (cobras, mambas, kraits and coral snakes).
  • Identify viperidae (vipers and rattlesnakes).
  • Describe blind snakes and colubrids.
  • Know snake safety, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Lesson 1: Introduction and History of Snakes10
Lesson 2: Snake Myths in Religion and Culture10
Lesson 3: Types of Snakes and Snake Myths vs. Fact10
Lesson 4: Biology of Snakes10
Lesson 5: Snake Behavior10
Lesson 6: The Boidae Family (Boas and Pythons)10
Lesson 7: Elapids (Cobras, Mambas, Kraits and Coral Snakes)9
Lesson 8: Viperidae (Vipers and Rattlesnakes)10
Lesson 9: Blind Snakes and Colubrids10
Lesson 10: Snake Safety10
Lesson 11: When Snakes Attack10
Lesson 12: Snake Hobbies10
The Final Exam54
Total Points:173

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