Lizards & Snakes of the East Mojave

Lizards & Snakes of the East Mojave

Course Number: BIOL X414.5

2 units

Lizards and snakes are among the most interesting and diverse but least known of the vertebrates that inhabit the desert southwest. Participants examine and identify reptiles beginning with a short identification and natural history presentation in the laboratory Friday night, before venturing into the habitats preferred by snakes and lizards on Saturday and Sunday. Explore several different ecological habitats including:

  • Sand dunes
  • Joshua Tree woodland
  • Creosote bush scrub
  • Volcanic lava fields and flows

Available Sections

Starting May 24


Starting May 24

Course Fees



Jason Wallace [ bio ]

close [x] Jason Wallace, M.S., Biological Science, Site Manager Steward, California State University Desert Studies Center, has a diverse background in both education and research, giving him an extensive understanding of desert organisms and ecology.  He is a part-time faculty member at California State University, Fullerton, and Orange Coast College, teaching Biology, Zoology, and Ecology.  He was also a zookeeper for seven years, caring for a wide variety of Central and South American animals, including exotic reptiles. Mr. Wallace has collaborated on a number of biological and ecological projects with various agencies, including NPS, BLM, US Fish & Wildlife, USGS, and the California Department of Fish & Wildlife.


Fri 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
May 24, 2019

Sat 8:00 am-6:00 pm
May 25, 2019

Sun 8:30 am-3:00 pm
May 26, 2019

3 Meetings


Desert Studies Center at Zzyzx

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Section Notes:

The course fee includes two nights' lodging at the Center (dormitory rooms & some couples rooms), and meals starting with breakfast Saturday through lunch on Sunday.Upon enrollment, you will be sent detailed information about the Center and what to bring. High clearance or 4WD vehicles are desirable but not required. Visitors not permitted. Refund deadline: May 13.



No Textbook Required.


No Prerequisites for this course

Applicable Certificates

Available Sections


Section No.: 184CPD205

Dates: May 24, 2019

Time: 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Dates: May 25, 2019

Time: 8:00 am-6:00 pm

Dates: May 26, 2019

Time: 8:30 am-3:00 pm

Instructor: Jason Wallace

Textbook: No Textbook Required

Location: Desert Studies Center at Zzyzx

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