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We seek to inform Nebraskans and visitors about the rich herpetological heritage contained in Nebraska's borders. Many people may feel frightened or uneasy about snakes, salamanders, frogs, and turtles. We hope that this site will help reduce that apprehension by providing accurate information about these important species in Nebraska's landscape. We also engage in research to help conserve these species as well as enhance our understanding of their role in the environment.

Dennis Ferraro

Dennis Ferraro is Professor of Practice in the School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL). His interest in herpetofauna began when he was a child in Connecticut. Today, he uses his passion to teach Herpetology and run UNL's Herpetology Lab. This lab keeps snakes, turtles, and other herpetofauna for research and public education. Professor Ferraro also maintains an active teaching schedule. He teaches conservation biology, wildlife damage management, and supervises several independent studies.

Professor Ferraro has many research interests, including:

  • Prairie rattlesnake conservation
  • Monitoring the range of Nebraska's native species
  • Overseeing student research and outreach projects


Dennis Ferraro, UNL Herpetologist
Professor of Practice
415 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege St.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68583-0974 402.472.8248