Utah reptile and amphibian orientation course
Learn more about the reptiles and amphibians that live in Utah.
The online orientation course includes educational material about Utah's reptile and amphibian species, herpetology, conservation, ethical collection practices, safety and much more.
Who must take the course?
You are required to complete the course if you plan to do any one of the following activities:
- Import, collect or possess a species that falls into the Expanded possession category.
- Apply for or acquire a herpetology collection permit.
- Apply for a certificate of registration, which is necessary for rattlesnake collection/possession or any commercial, educational or scientific use of reptiles and amphibians.
- Engage in any herpetology-related activity that requires a wildlife document (see Administrative Rule R657-53-6).
Exam and certificate of completion
The online orientation course includes an exam. To successfully complete the course and obtain a certificate of completion, you must score at least 75% on the exam.
Once you have a certificate of completion — which is valid for three calendar years — you can obtain a herpetology collection permit (available online for $10 and valid for 365 days) or you can apply for a certificate of registration. For detailed information about obtaining a certificate of registration, call Anita Candelaria at 801-538-4701.