History

Founded in 1949, the AHS is the first natural history society in Australia devoted specifically to herpetology.

Meetings

Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of every month in Sydney, and are open to all.

Field Trips

The AHS conducts regular field trips in the warmer months of the year, and are for members only.

Publications

We are a member of the (AAHS) which provides publications such as the Herpetofauna Journal.

The latest issue of the Red Bellied Courier has arrived and it looks great! It’s the annual full colour magazine of the AHS that members receive as part of their membership. These will be available for collection at next weeks meeting, and for those unable to attend the mail out will be soon after. Yet another reason to join the AHS! ... See MoreSee Less

The latest issue of the Red Bellied Courier has arrived and it looks great! It’s the annual full colour magazine of the AHS that members receive as part of their membership. These will be available for collection at next weeks meeting, and for those unable to attend the mail out will be soon after. Yet another reason to join the AHS!

 

Comment on Facebook

Great photo

Wayne Cullen

Neisha Graham

Can't wait to see it.....

The big news keeps coming.....!
We've just found out that Royjan Taylor, a director at Bio-Ken Snake Farm in Kenya will be joining us at the Minutes to Die screening. Bio-Ken is a research centre, which deals with reptiles, especially snakes and snake-bite. Located in Kenya, it houses the largest collection of Snakes in East Africa and is open to the public. There are about 127 different snake species in Kenya. Of these 18 have caused human fatalities.

Bio-Ken was founded by the late James Ashe and his wife Sanda. James was appointed Curator of Herpetology at the National Museum of Kenya in Nairobi in 1964. He later left Kenya and returned in 1980 to set up Bio-Ken.

Sanda Ashe started with snakes as a child growing up in Tanzania and has worked professionally with wildlife ever since. She has written many essential leaflets and manuals on the correct treatment of snakebite. Her real love, however, is still the rehabilitation of injured wild animals and birds.

Royjan Taylor is another snake-man who worked with James on and off for many years. His knowledge of the snakes of Kenya is second to none. Together Royjan and Sanda hope to increase awareness and promote the conservation of snakes. Royjan is a Certified 'Silver' Professional Safari Guide (KPSGA) and is in the process of writing a detailed 'Guide to the Snakes of Kenya'.

Sydney's screening of 'Minutes to Die' is shaping up to be possibly the biggest and best event of its kind in memory. Secure your FREE ticket here
www.eventbrite.com.au/e/snakebite-the-worlds-ignored-health-crisis-free-event-sydney-tickets-4805...
... See MoreSee Less

The big news keeps coming.....!
Weve just found out that Royjan Taylor, a director at Bio-Ken Snake Farm in Kenya will be joining us at the Minutes to Die screening. Bio-Ken is a research centre, which deals with reptiles, especially snakes and snake-bite. Located in Kenya, it houses the largest collection of Snakes in East Africa and is open to the public. There are about 127 different snake species in Kenya. Of these 18 have caused human fatalities.  

Bio-Ken was founded by the late James Ashe and his wife Sanda. James was appointed Curator of Herpetology at the National Museum of Kenya in Nairobi in 1964. He later left Kenya and returned in 1980 to set up Bio-Ken. 

Sanda Ashe started with snakes as a child growing up in Tanzania and has worked professionally with wildlife ever since. She has written many essential leaflets and manuals on the correct treatment of snakebite. Her real love, however, is still the rehabilitation of injured wild animals and birds.

Royjan Taylor is another snake-man who worked with James on and off for many years. His knowledge of the snakes of Kenya is second to none. Together Royjan and Sanda hope to increase awareness and promote the conservation of snakes. Royjan is a Certified Silver Professional Safari Guide (KPSGA) and is in the process of writing a detailed Guide to the Snakes of Kenya.

Sydneys screening of Minutes to Die is shaping up to be possibly the biggest and best event of its kind in memory.  Secure your FREE ticket here
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/snakebite-the-worlds-ignored-health-crisis-free-event-sydney-tickets-48054244539

 

Comment on Facebook

I am now very keen to attend

Leon Limberiou

Neisha Graham

Alexander Dudley Kate Kakoschke

+ View more comments

A message from Rom. Make sure you don't miss this free event at Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club ... See MoreSee Less

 

Comment on Facebook

Anne Smart Neil Pash

Janaki Lenin will you be bringing some books?

Wayne Cullen

The AHS and the Australian Venom Research Unit are thrilled to be hosting a special screening of Minutes to Die.
On the night we will be hearing from Dr David Williams, and Romulus Whitaker who will be flying in from India for the night.
This will lol be a FREE event, so tickets are limited.
Secure yours here
www.eventbrite.com.au/e/snakebite-the-worlds-ignored-health-crisis-free-event-sydney-tickets-4805...
Watch a trailer for the movie here
m.youtube.com/watch?v=PfkwKEIdhUo
See you there!
... See MoreSee Less

The AHS and the Australian Venom Research Unit are thrilled to be hosting a special screening of Minutes to Die.
On the night we will be hearing from Dr David Williams, and Romulus Whitaker who will be flying in from India for the night. 
This will lol be a FREE event, so tickets are limited. 
Secure yours here
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/snakebite-the-worlds-ignored-health-crisis-free-event-sydney-tickets-48054244539
Watch a trailer for the movie here
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PfkwKEIdhUo
See you there!

 

Comment on Facebook

I wish I wasn't so far away.

We may also have a surprise African snake expert as a guest for the night as well ... hopefully more news to come soon...

Lee Webley for you/Ant/whoever else might be interested

Daniel Pollock this would be great.

Janaki Lenin will you be bringing some books to sign with you?

Emily Campbell come with and you can stay at mine

Indians in Sydney this may be of interest

We will try to get there to. Looking forward catching up with a few friends to.

We're looking forward to going.

Good luck, sorry I live too far away.

Glenn Shea going?

+ View more comments

We have a huge announcement coming soon guys.
Save the date and stand by. This is one nobody will want to miss!
... See MoreSee Less

We have a huge announcement coming soon guys. 
Save the date and stand by. This is one nobody will want to miss!

 

Comment on Facebook

Great Friday is good

Load more

Events


Learning from Lizards

Learning from Lizards

July 25, 2018, 7:00pm - July 25, 2018, 10:00pm

The Australian Herpetological Society
Meet at Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts 280 Pitt Street
Sydney, NSW  2000 Map

The ability to learn is something as humans take for granted. It’s such an automatic response, we don’t really spend very long thinking about. Why do we learn? What guides our learning? Who do we choose learn from? These big questions are tricky to answer but lizards can give us clues on understanding the evolution of learning. Fonti Kar, a PhD student from University of New South Wales will discuss some of the latest research from the Lizard Lab on lizard cognition in some iconic Australian species.... See MoreSee Less

52 interested  ·  21 going
The AHS Winter BBQ

The AHS Winter BBQ

July 29, 2018, 11:00am - July 29, 2018, 3:00pm

Lane Cove National Park
Lady Game Dr
Epping, NSW  2067 Map

The AHS invites its members and their families along to a free catered BBQ at Lane Cove National Park. Come along, meet and mingle with other members. We will have plenty to keep you occupied. Please RSVP with numbers to we can cater correctly cater for you all.
Unless you have a Pass theres an $8 per vehicle Park entrance fee.

40 interested  ·  9 going
Careers Night - Working With Reptiles

Careers Night - Working With Reptiles

August 22, 2018, 7:00pm - August 22, 2018, 10:00pm

The Australian Herpetological Society
Meet at Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts 280 Pitt Street
Sydney, NSW  2000 Map

Want to work with reptiles and other animals?
Our first careers night in 2016 was a huge hit for those seeking a career with animals. We will have experts from zoo's, pet shops, mobile displays, lectures and all the other options available to those wanting to work with animals.
We'll be giving you all the information you'll need, as well as the chance to rub shoulders with future employers. Spread the word, and hope to see you on the night!
... See MoreSee Less

183 interested  ·  17 going
Herpers on tour, American adventure !

Herpers on tour, American adventure !

September 26, 2018, 7:00pm - September 26, 2018, 10:00pm

The Australian Herpetological Society
Meet at Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts 280 Pitt Street
Sydney, NSW  2000 Map

Daniel Rumsey from the Australian reptile park and Joshua Hatton from Taronga zoo took a herpers trip of a lifetime visiting some of the best reptile facilities in the world and herping from California all the way across the states to Miami. There will be plenty of funny stories, great photos and hear about the hunt for a giant Everglades Burmese’s python !

50 interested  ·  16 going
Combined NSW Herpetological Societies Christmas Party

Combined NSW Herpetological Societies Christmas Party

December 2, 2018, 11:00am - December 2, 2018, 2:00pm

The Australian Reptile Park
Pacific Highway
Somersby, NSW  2250 Map

Join us for the annual combined Herp society Christmas party hosted by The Australian Reptile Park. The day is fully catered with a BBQ lunch provided and behind the scenes tours for members.

88 interested  ·  8 going
Load more

Library

The society maintains a large library of reptile and amphibian related books, which are available on loan to financial members. To borrow these please contact the AHS Librarian.


Discounts

The AHS exclusively offers members and their families one free visit annually to the Australian Reptile Park at Somersby NSW, Symbio Wildlife Park at Helensburgh NSW and National Zoo and Aquarium Canberra on presentation of their membership card. This will be punched on entry on the specific symbol for each park. Please note, the multi park pass offer is for a family of 2 adults and 2 children (children's age limits as per the individual park's entry requirements). Memberships expire at the end of April each year.

Membership Features & Card




Our Next Meetings

July2018

Upcoming Field Trips