John C. Murphy

About me

After retiring from a career teaching biology and anatomy & physiology, and being a science administrator, I study reptiles (mostly snakes) and dogs. My current interest are in snake phylogeny and diversity, highly aquatic snakes (that are non-sea snakes), the herpetofauna of Trinidad and Tobago, and giant snakes.I am interested in the herpetology of Trinidad & Tobago, as well as homalopsid snakes and other highly aquatic snakes, and giant snakes.

My info

Full name
John C. Murphy
I am
an educator, a professional scientist
Curator level
Full Curator


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Curator qualifications

Most recent peered reviewed publication: Murphy et al. 2012. The masked water snakes of the genus Homalopsis Kuhl & van Hasselt, 1822 (Squamata, Serpentes, Homalopsidae), with the description of a new species. Zootaxa 3208: 1–26 (27 Feb. 2012) 11 plates; 166 references
Curation scope
The herpetofauna of Trinidad and Tobago, Giant Snakes, Homalopsid Snakes, highly aquatic snakes Books include: Amphibians & Reptiles of Trinidad and Tobago; Tales of Giant Snakes; Homalopsid Snakes, Evolution in the Mud; Secrets of the Snake Charmer