The Fascinating World of Amphibians and Reptiles
Paul Freed, Author
Free with museum admission
Lecture: Thursday, September 25, Noon
Family-Friendly Lecture: Saturday, September 27, 1:30 p.m.
Join us for a glimpse into the lives of some of the most universally misunderstood, loathed, and feared groups of animals—amphibians and reptiles. These enigmatic creatures, however, possess some of the most interesting natural histories, survival techniques, and reproduction strategies in the animal kingdom. The sheer diversity of frog species, their global distribution, and their impact on our very existence is staggering; the importance of snake venom to medical science is incalculable; and our understanding of limb regeneration in salamanders has potential implications for human applications. Yet habitat destruction and alteration, pollution, disease, over-collection for food, and the pet trade are threaten their survival.
Paul Freed is a former employee of Carnegie Museum of Natural History who worked with the late Dr. C.J. ‘Jack’ McCoy, curator of amphibians and reptiles. He recently retired from a 25-year career as the Supervisor of Herpetology at the Houston Zoological Gardens in Houston, Texas. He has spent a lifetime traveling the world in search of reptiles and amphibians and has chronicled his observations in a book: Of Golden Toads and Serpents’ Roads. Paul currently resides in the Pacific Northwest where he and his wife, Barbara, continue to travel and seek out the wonder and beauty this planet provides.