The Australian Herpetological Society (AHS) was founded, as the Australian Reptile Club, in 1949 and was the first natural history society in Australia devoted specifically to herpetology.
In its early days the Society drew together such names as Roy Mackay, Bill Hosmer, John and Ken Dwyer, Henry Hirschorn, Rusty Holmes, Wal Lorking, Neville Burns, and Kevin Budden (the latter was soon to die from a taipan bite when collecting specimens for an attempt to develop an antivenene).
Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of every month in Sydney, and are open to all.
The AHS conducts regular field trips in the warmer months of the year, and are for members only.
Each year the society publishes a members only journal called the Red Bellied Courier.