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.

2 days ago

The Australian Herpetological Society

Have a question for Hal Cogger or John Cann?
This is the thread to ask the question.
Steve Wilson will be MC for the session with these two living legends. We’ll aim to have all questions prior to the night and choose the best to ask them.
See you there!
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Have a question for Hal Cogger or John Cann? 
This is the thread to ask the question.  
Steve Wilson will be MC for the session with these two living legends. We’ll aim to have all questions prior to the night and choose the best to ask them. 
See you there!

 

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JOHN - I saw a photo recently of you in "The Pit" with half a dozen adders scattered around...Having done so may shows over such a long time is there any memorable, or funny experiences that have stuck with you over the years?

In your collection of memorabilia what would be your most cherished piece

I’ll steer away from a reptile question as I think most will ask one Q. one of the greatest parts of herping. Is the company and the towns, is there any town or trip that standout from the others ? Cheers Mick

Hi Hal, what is your earliest memory in where you first developed an interest in reptiles? Cheers Grant

@John I’ve read a little where you deflect credit given to yourself towards your father.... How much of an influence were your parents in driving your career in reptiles and did you ever consider not following the somewhat obscure lifestyle laid out for you in and around the snake shows ?

To both Hal and John, Amateurs have had a long history working with professional herpetologists both in Australia and abroad. Where do you think amateurs can focus their attention to assist in the conservation of Australian herpetofauna, and should this be overseen by professional bodies/entities?

My question is to both Hal and John, are there any species that you found particularly hard to find? Even when searching in ideal conditions in spots known to be heavily populated with said species?

In your opinion what should future reptile conservation efforts focus on?

HAL. Has amateur taxonomy been a good or bad thing overall.

Marcus Healey

JOHN - You’ve spent your whole life collecting reptiles around La Perouse. Are there any species that used to be really common in the area that you don’t see anymore ?

HAL - with many species increasingly under pressure from habitat loss and feral species like Cane Toads and cats, do you think captive populations held by amateurs will ever be accepted as a reasonable option for a species under threat?

JOHN, If you could only recommend one book on Australian turtles, which 1 would it be?

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4 days ago

The Australian Herpetological Society

DON'T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO WIN THIS PRINT!!
Measuring a whopping 85x140cm this print is a copy of possibly the rarest item in Australian herpetology. Produced in 1891 it’s huge size was to be displayed in schools and on train stations alerting people to the dangerous snakes of Victoria.

The item will be raffled off at The Past Present and Future of Herpetology in Australia conference on the 28th of September.

A free ticket in the raffle will given to the first 100 tickets sold.

A big thank you to Johnny Smith Larsen for donating the poster.

Get your tickets here www.ahs.org.au/shop/page/2/
(Pepsi not included)
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DONT MISS YOUR CHANCE TO WIN THIS PRINT!! 
Measuring a whopping 85x140cm this print is a copy of possibly the rarest item in Australian herpetology. Produced in 1891 it’s huge size was to be displayed in schools and on train stations alerting people to the dangerous snakes of Victoria. 

The item will be raffled off at The Past Present and Future of Herpetology in Australia conference on the 28th of September. 

A free ticket in the raffle will given to the first 100 tickets sold. 

A big thank you to Johnny Smith Larsen for donating the poster. 

Get your tickets here http://www.ahs.org.au/shop/page/2/
(Pepsi not included)

 

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Bravo Johnny Smith Larsen!

Great stuff Johnny Smith Larsen

Gary Miller

Johnny Smith Larsen is a legend!

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5 days ago

The Australian Herpetological Society

The Black mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis) is the second longest venomous snake species in the world. They are called black mamba after the black inside of the mouth, for many prey animals the last they see. These are one of the fastest snakes in the world, highly venomous, huge size and will defend when threatened making them feared across their range. #blackmamba #mamba #snake #snakesofinstagram #snakes #reptile #reptiles #reptilesofinstagram #dendroaspis #black #coldinstinct #wildlifephotography #deadly #attack #africa ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Very much so. Lol

Ela e mortifera e rapida, gosto dela!

Aloys Chigova the root of your snake phobia

 

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Fantastic cane toad! Photo is likely exaggerated by camera angle, but they’re massive toads.

You could make a nice hat from that one.

nice frog

Empty soft drink bottle with small hole in lid , 20mm of detol and fill with water. A quick spray on their backs, doing the toad patrol in my old property. I had a natural pond which filled for a week after rain and thousands of frogs appeared and sounded like a genset and you'd close the windows from the noise, so i didn't like the toads.

Jesus, is that a cane toad? Farrrrk!!

What a beauty.

That’s s huge toad 😮

Sapo

Oh lordy

Craig Tutton

Nice photoshop haha

Donna Boyd

Andrew Daly

Natalia SV

Is that a toad? I wonder what species

You didn't lick it did you???!

They might be big but they still can't play footy!🤣🤣😂😂

Romane "il est trop mignon ce crapelet" 😂😭😭

Jennifer Davis

Marla Maria Sárraga

Tavo C Gza

Oh my god Justin Brooks this is my worst nightmare ever

Julie Buman

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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.

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