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 has many research interests, including

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


Professor Ferraro also maintains an active teaching schedule. He teaches conservation biology, wildlife damage management, and supervises several independent studies.

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

Dennis Ferraro working with a Prairie Rattlesnake
Dennis Ferraro collecting data from a Prairie Rattlesnake