Welcome to

Australian
Herpetological
Society

Founded 1949

photography by:
Rob Valentic

Welcome to

Australian
Herpetological
Society

Founded 1949

photography by:
Rob Valentic

Welcome to

Australian
Herpetological
Society

Founded 1949

photography by:
Rob Valentic

Welcome to

Australian
Herpetological
Society

Founded 1949

photography by:
Rob Valentic

Welcome to

Australian
Herpetological
Society

Founded 1949

photography by:
Rob Valentic

Welcome to

Australian
Herpetological
Society

Founded 1949

photography by:
Rob Valentic

History

History

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

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

Each year the society publishes a members only journal called the Red Bellied Courier.

Recent Updates

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You like snakes right? Of course you do. Are you, or anyone you know (Australian, New Zealander or ... See MoreSee Less

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Ash Olson

Bastian Steinrücken ?

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Miranda Kent

Teresa Cochrane you if these were aquariums

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Thank you Tim Sagorski for this one!

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This is awesome!

Wonderful Thanks Tim ๐Ÿ˜

Love it!

I saw the initial photo of this gecko yesterday, I showed my wife and she said it looks like he’s wearing a gecko hoodie. I then said “or a onesie”. Looks like we weren’t the only ones to think this.

This is brilliant ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†

Brilliant!

Ollie Neuman

Marita De La Pena

Matilde Carame

Hoodie worthy! ๐Ÿ’š

Kirra Nate Rivers

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Best comment wins a prize.

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Ashleigh Jacka wins with 11 likes. So may funny responses. Good job everyone

It was decided to let majority rule. The comment with the most likes by 10pm wins the AHS sticker set.

When you just wanna hang out in your onesy

My Oodie is rubbish.

I've eaten so much I feel like I could throw myself up

I ordered a panda onesy!

"Just gotta put on my birthday suit

For Halloween I’m going as a ghost!

It's dangerous to go alone; take this.

" who said being a mascot was easy sheeesh "

I told you it was too small!

Said the lizard on the inside: “How do you like my new coat!”

It's been a cold winter, lucky I got this oodie !

"I am the great Cornholio! I need TP for my bunghole"

You really get under my skin!

Does my arse look big in this?

Thought you had a thick skin

When your girl steals your favorite hoodie

It's coming into hoodie weather.

Coming out of the closet was easier than this !

How cool is this onesie

I told Mum this lizard onesie didn't look realistic

that's what happens when you engage with annoying people to the point you feel like getting out of your own skin๐Ÿ˜’

Giving head-gecko style!!

Ohhh bugger I can't eat any more.

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That's going to be a dead gator as soon as the couple moves.

I love this. Seen it loads of times and it's still brilliant

Always wanted me a pet gecko

Roby Butterfield

Amazing

Awwwww. Puppy!๐Ÿคฃ

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A captive Bearded Dragon in the US. ๐ŸฅฒThoughts? ... See MoreSee Less

A captive Bearded Dragon in the US. ๐Ÿฅฒ
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The owner is an admin in a reptile group. When others have told her about her animals and keeping, she throws them out of the group before they can actually spread information to its members. I’d like to add not all of us keep like this.

Don’t worry everyone! It’s not kept on sand. That would cause impaction which is very deadly

I want an after dinner mint….

I'm an American reptile keeper and an admin of a bearded dragon group mostly US members. And in no way does or would my bearded dragon ever look like this. I know the dangers of obesity and so does my fellow administrators, we make it a point to let our members know. So I'd appreciate the respect of not being lumped and together with those who don't care about their pets.

I don’t understand why these people keep exotic pets and clearly don’t keep them how to keep them healthy.

Obviously lives on 'Taco Bell' and bagels! ๐ŸŒฎ๐Ÿ™„

Probably thinks sands the devil, whilst killing their animal from over feeding. In short a clueless owner who doesn’t understand keeping reptiles. Probably did zero research other than listening to beardie mums who deck their tanks out with fluffy beds, pillows and kids toys.

The owner probably looks the same๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ณif you treat your animals like this , you couldn’t possibly treat yourself much better , poor beardy

I hate seeing our natives overseas.

Not just a US problem. Obesity is a massive problem in most captive reptiles. Even if the right food is given the quantities are way too high and access to easy. Add to that enclosures with no substrate or other enrichment and it’s building a population of slob reptiles. And guess what if you put them outside with some natural light the little darlings dare to act natural and try to bite, how ungrateful..

I didn't think Cheese Whizz was a dietary requirement for a lizard ๐Ÿค”

They shouldn't be allowed to have out natives! I get so heart broken when I see kangaroos on harnesses and fat lizards living on tiles, sugar gliders fed the wrong diets!!! They aren't PETS they are specialised creatures with complex needs and unless you know what your doing just stop, because at the end of the day the animal doesn't deserve the torture for your entertainment

His gut is not looking good

Tell me your lizard is American without saying anything

Too much pizza!!!

Over fed and no good for there spine holding them like that

That lizard looks like it weighs more than me

Obese animals are so common as pets, no matter the species, that when you say "your pet needs a diet" people just go with "looks fine to me, that is how they look based on Google". And then people tell you are starving your animals cause they are lean xD Sucks that for reptiles it is not easy to find body score images. Dragons really suffer from been fat, people can't tell what fat is in them and the ones in USA are super prone to heart issues due to genetics.... So the extra weight is worst.

Hello from down under ,this is what a beardie should look like ๐Ÿ˜ก if you have an owner who thinks of our best interests that is …. that’s horrible ๐Ÿฅฒ

Omfg. How is it still alive being so overweight ๐Ÿ˜ฃ

It looks american

Deep fried chicken!

Thoughts? The animal is morbidly obese and probably sick. I used to live there and the problem is keeping exotics is not regulated. People don’t understand why their animals are dying after they followed advice from the salesperson at Petco, because they were sold an incorrectly labeled species or weren’t given proper care instructions. It’s really sad. I wish something like licensing was set up there because it would establish better welfare and monitoring of the animals, but instead many suffer and die because they don’t have correct husbandry and diet. It’s sad, but this is actually how I lost my first turtle. I was probably 10 or 11 and found out how to properly care for him after it was too late. I beat myself up for it for so long. People don’t understand just how delicate exotic’s care requirements are.

Matches the people ๐Ÿคก

‘But the colours pretty right?’ My thoughts are keep them in Australia, what a fucking disaster.

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2 weeks ago
The Australian Herpetological Society

In 1952 The AHS (then called The Australian Reptile Club) made a film called Strange Fascination.We' ... See MoreSee Less

In 1952 The AHS (then called The Australian Reptile Club) made a film called Strange Fascination.
Weve now had the 16mm film restored and it will be screened for the first time in over 40 years later this month. Its one of the coolest pieces of Herpetological history in existence and were thrilled to be able to share it with the community after so long.

Can anyone recognise the young man pictured?

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Hi Chris, Very many thanks for the copy of Strange Fascination. Its the first time I've seen it since the 1950s, and it was both fun and a little sad to see so many of the people who established the Reptile Club - especially a young Roy and Margaret Mackay, Rusty Holmes, Wal Lorking and ken Smith, quite apart from my own performance. Of tthe people on show, I guess only myself and Ken are still alive. I'm going to have great fun showing it to my own children and grandchildren (if covid constraints ever end).. Seriously, it's a really interesting historical event in the history of the Society, and it's great that it's been preserved. I greatly appreciate having been given a copy. Hope you're surviving covid and its social impacts. Thanks again, Hal Cogger

Thank you Michael Cermak for the reminder.... ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you Michael Cermak for the reminder....

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Grande entre los grandes!!!

Meu Deus, nunca vi igual ๐Ÿ˜ถ‍๐ŸŒซ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท

Lovely looking black snake . Loved going to the old park . Went at least every Fathers Day . Find it much more Aussie than new one

Spent many, many happy days at the original Australian Reptile Park with Eric Worrell!

Legend

A Legend

I am a massive fan I work with reptiles and on the central coast looking to become as good as he was one day and live all these old photos

I believe I have a reptile book by Eric Worrell

My herp hero. He should have been knighted.

I want to follow his foot steps, how can i be the first Ethiopia ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡น Herletologist?๐Ÿค”

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How cool are these little guys.3 seperate species. 6 week old Egernia depressa, 4 week old Egernia ... See MoreSee Less

How cool are these little guys.
3 seperate species.  
6 week old Egernia depressa, 4 week old Egernia epsisolus, 3 week old Egernia hosmeri

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Awesome , so cool๐Ÿ‘

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Photo courtesy: Gatorland Florida

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Lindo esse baby ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ทโค๏ธโค๏ธ๐ŸŠ๐ŸŠ๐ŸŠ๐ŸŠ๐ŸŠ

Hi little girl ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ˜˜

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I’ve seen this image so many times over the years. It’s one I like to Google when explaining to people just how big these magnificent animals are.

They are teaching them to jump into people's boats

Other salt water take off his arm, they are rivals and live in the same river

Don't fall overboard.

Look at the croc being trained to approach boats for food. Genius. Guess who gets the blame is someone gets hurt or a boat overturned.

He looks armless

Ooooh look a dinosaur. ๐Ÿ˜

Bloody thing would be 60 feet long if it was that actual size. Photoshopped.

Brutus de Magnificent!!!๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ˜„

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