Dr. Toby Hibbitts

Curator of Amphibians and Reptiles
Mailing Address: Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences
Texas A&M University
210 Nagle Hall
College Station, TX 77843-2258
Phone: (979) 845-5783


Courses Taught:

  • RENR 215: Fundamentals of Ecology Lab (2009-11)
  • WFSC 302: Natural History of the Vertebrates (2009-10)(website)
  • WFSC 315: Herpetology (2011)
  • WFSC 316 Field Herpetology (2011, 2013 -)


  • B.S., Midwestern State University, 1994
  • M.S., Texas A&M University, 2000
  • Ph.D., University of the Witwatersrand, 2006

Current Research:

  • Distribution of the Salado Salamander
  • Behavioral ecology and population dynamics in the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard in Texas
  • Sexual Selection in the common barking gecko Ptenopus garrulus
  • Predator prey relationships in bronze frog tadpoles
  • Amphibian and reptile biodiversity

Research Direction:

Natural History and conservation of amphibians and reptiles; Sexual selection and evolutionary ecology.

Selected Publications :

TIPTON, BL, TL HIBBITTS, TD HIBBITTS, TJ HIBBITTS, and T LADUC. in press. Texas Amphibians. University of Texas Press. (expected publication date, Fall 2012).

HIBBITTS, TJ, WE COOPER Jr., and MJ WHITING. in press. Spatial distribution and activity patterns in African barking geckos: implications for mating system and reproduction. Journal of Herpetology.

PRESTRIDGE, HL, LA FITZGERALD, and TJ HIBBITTS. 2011. Trade in non-native amphibians and reptiles in Texas: lessons for better monitoring and implications for species introduction. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 6:324-339.

WHITING, MJ, VL WILLIAMS,  and TJ HIBBITTS. 2011. Animals traded for traditional medicine at the Faraday Market in South Africa: diversity and conservation implications. Journal of Zoology. 284:84-96.

HIBBITTS, TJ, CW PAINTER, and AT HOLYCROSS. 2009. Ecology of a population of the narrow-headed garter snake (Thamnophis rufipunctatus) in New Mexico: catastrophic decline of a river specialist. Southwestern Naturalist. 54:461-467.

HIBBITTS TJ, MJ WHITING, and DM STUART-FOX. 2007. Shouting the odds: vocalization signals status in a lizard. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology in press.

HIBBITTS TJ and MJ WHITING. 2005. Do male barking geckos (Ptenopus garrulus garrulus) avoid refuges scented by other males? African Journal of Herpetology 54:191-194.

HIBBITTS TJ, ER PIANKA, RB HUEY, and MJ WHITING. 2005. Ecology of the common barking gecko (Ptenopus garrulus) in southern Africa. Journal of Herpetology 39:509-515.

HIBBITTS TJ and LA FITZGERALD. 2005. Morphological and ecological convergence in two natricine snakes. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 85:363-371.

RYBERG WA, LA FITZGERALD, RL HONEYCUTT, JC CATHEY, and TJ HIBBITTS. 2004. Vertebrate inventory of Richland Creek Wildlife Management Area in eastern Texas. Southwestern Naturalist 49:528-534.


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