Reptiles and amphibians of the western Metroplex

Event Date

April 4, 2017, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Research Lecture Series

Program Information

Brown Bag Lectures
Dates: First Tuesday of each month
Time: 12 - 1pm
Location: BRIT Commons
Cost: Free, Open to the Public

BRIT Research Seminars
Date: Various dates throughout year
Time: 12 - 1pm 
Location: BRIT Commons
Cost: Free, Open to the Public
Visit the event page for specific date and time information.

Point of Contact

Alyssa B. Young

Research Manager and Special Collections Librarian

Ed Barnes, graduate student of herpetology and ecology at Tarleton State University, will discuss the reptile and amphibian species of the western metroplex. The talk will include identification of the more common species in the area including identification of the venomous snakes and how to recognize the calls of the local frogs. He will also bring along some animals to see and hold, including his labmate Benny, a gorgeous wild-caught bullsnake.   

The Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex sits at a crossroads of ecological diversity. It is here that the forests of the east join with the Great Plains of the north and the deserts of the southwest. The intersection of these regions provides a variety of habitats for herpetofauna. It is at this intersection that eastern and western species overlap. In terms of total species, Texas ranks first among the 50 states in herpetofauna diversity. The Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex has 82 reptile species and 36 amphibian species.

These animals are often misunderstood, maligned, and feared. It is Ed’s hope that those in attendance will leave with a greater understanding of the beauty and value of these creatures.

About Research Lecture Series

The BRIT Lecture Series is designed to create community wide conversation about a diverse range of important and rapidly developing topics. This series gives scientists and speakers a forum for sharing the most current information about their areas of expertise and allows the public to interact with leading members of the local, national, and international scientific community.

Our Lecture Series is made up of Brown Bag Lunchtime Lectures and BRIT Research Seminars. Brown Bags take place the first Tuesday of each month, February – July and September – November, from noon - 1pm in the BRIT Commons. Research Seminars take place periodically throughout the year and are scheduled based on the availability of our in-house and visiting researchers.

All events are free and open to the public, please watch this page and our Facebook page for announcements of upcoming Brown Bags and BRIT Researcher Seminars.