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Terence Farrell

Professor of Biology

Terence Farrell was born in 1958 and caught ring-necked snakes and red-backed salamanders in his back yard as a child. After becoming a faculty member of Stetson in 1989, he spent much of the next two decades studying pigmy rattlesnakes and box turtles at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge with Peter May and a dedicated group of Stetson University students. Approximately 20 of these students have published their work. He has also served as department chair and worked to improve Stetson University's science facilities. In recent years he has won both the John Hague Award for outstanding teaching in the College of Arts and Sciences and the William Hugh McEniry Award for outstanding teaching at Stetson University.


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University
  • Ph.D., zoology, Oregon State University
  • B.S., biology, Bucknell University

Research Interests

  • Ecology
  • Behavior of turtles and rattlesnakes

Course Topics

  • Invertebrate Zoology
  • Biostatistical Methods
  • Ecology and Evolution


  • 2009 Farrell, T.M., P.G. May, and M.A. Pilgrim. "Repeatability of female reproductive traits in pigmy rattlesnakes (Sistrurus miliarius)." Journal of Herpetology, 43:332-335.
  • 2011 T.M. Farrell, P.G. May, and P.T. Andreadis. "Experimental manipulation of tail color does not affect foraging success in a caudal luring rattlesnake." Journal of Herpetology 45:291-293.
  • 2011 Pilgrim, M.A., T.M. Farrell and P.G. May, M.R. Vollman, and R.A. Seigel. "Secondary sex ratios in six snake species." Copeia. 2011:553-558.
  • 2011 Farrell, T.M., M.A. Pilgrim, W.B. Blihovde, and P.G. May. "The Herpetofauna of Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge, Florida." Southeastern Naturalist. 10:647-658.
  • 2011 Schultheis, A.S., T.M. Farrell, and E.L. Paul. "Promoting Undergraduate Research through Improved Tenure and Promotion Policies." Council for Undergraduate Research Quarterly. 31:25-31.
  • 2011 H.L. Gibbs, L. Sanz, J.E. Chiucchi, T.M. Farrell, and J.J. Calvete. "Proteomic analysis of ontogenetic and diet related changes in venom composition of juvenile and adult Dusky Pigmy rattlesnakes (Sistrurus miliarius barbouri)." Journal of Proteomics. 10:2169-2179.

Terry Farrell

Faculty Expert

  • Pigmy rattlesnakes
  • Florida reptiles
  • Snake bites

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