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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Hi all,We thought our members may be interested in participating in this very short survey on cats f ... See MoreSee Less

Hi all,

We thought our members may be interested in participating in this very short survey on cats from the RSPCA.

 What does responsible cat ownership mean?

 Cats are instinctive killers and incredibly efficient predators who will hunt even when they are well-fed at home. Each roaming pet cat in Australia is estimated to kill on average 115 native prey animals each year, including mammals, birds and reptiles.

 The RSPCA is working with ten local councils over the next four years on a project called Keeping Cats Safe at Home. The project aims to reduce the negative impacts that cats have on wildlife and encourages cat owners to keep their cats safely contained at home.

As part of the project, the RSPCA is conducting an online community consultation survey https://redcap.sydney.edu.au/surveys/?s=3MR4LAEYPR . They are trying to get as many responses from cat owners and non-cat owners across NSW as possible.

Please, have your say.

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This is soooooo important. I have a cat and I love cats but they should be kept indoors at all times. They are very efficient predators and not native to Australia therefore the native fauna doesn’t have any protection against them.

But most cat owners say ‘Oh but my cat wouldn’t hurt a thing!’

Wow rspca there are different to UK. UK rspca encourage outdoor cats and state on their website that any outdoor cat found, even if pregnant should not be brought to them! They don't care!

Thanks for the notice and the link. It’s quite sickening that it’s mainly about keeping cats safe and the protection of native wildlife seems to be just a byproduct/side effect.

Done

Done

I’d just as soon feed every stray cat and feral I find in to a wood chipper, They serve zero purpose

Done

A responsible cat owner will keep their cat(s) indoors, preferably with access to a completely enclosed outdoor run OR walk them outdoors on a harness & leash.

Long long overdue ❤

Hannah

indoors or dead

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Vine snake (Ahaetulla nasuta) preying on an Indian Black Turtle (Melanochelys trijuga)Photo: Abdul S ... See MoreSee Less

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Seems like unusual prey for a vine snake.

The head looks tasty, but the body sure takes some swallowing! :/

Not the cute little snake I imagined it to be, eating small lizards at most and drinking water droplets from the trees.

What was the outcome?

Cracking shot👏

What's the origin of the genus name ''Ahaetulla'?

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https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-03/comedy-wildlife-photography-awards-2021-finalists/100432524?utm_medium=social&utm_content=sf249201181&utm_campaign=abc_australia&utm_source=m.facebook.com&sf249201181=1&fbclid=IwAR02lFf1zaQobi5tOTUgaMxVYWnDiZPKrcQA30ChzqUonrrgqTcuEmJd2ic

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Seems like you can’t go past frogs, glue and fishing wire for an award winning photo...

Nicole Hamilton look at this cutie!!

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Kinda waiting for grandpa to tell me to get off the lawn

Me first thing in the morning , about the same colour ha ha 😅🤪xxx

This guy has big Rick energy

🎼"I'm a little teapot ...🎶"

Natasha Brooke Mills lol 😂

I feel like this guy is about to tell me I did something wrong and he is gonna woop my ass for it 😂

so cute, but looks like he is going to punch someone...lol

Eduard Nigma

Wukong

That’s it I’ve had it up to here with you

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Wei Fu, from Thailand, captured this struggle between a golden tree snake and a red-spotted tokay ge ... See MoreSee Less

Wei Fu, from Thailand, captured this struggle between a golden tree snake and a red-spotted tokay gecko.
Wei Fu/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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In that case here one of the Ornate Flying Snakes (Chrysopelea ornata) died together with the Tokay. The other one desperately tried to find the head of the Tokay, but gave up and disappeared into the bushes.

I loved keeping tokays when I lived in the U.S. My alltime favourite gecko for sure

Bradie Tyler Matt

Ouch

Who won?

Tamara Meyer

Who has Who

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Matthew Murrell

Ha ha ha Meeks Watson

Me and my fiancée coming home with a new reptile despite our roommate and bf saying no more reptiles.

Lillian Rose Crossman

The latest edition of the Red Bellied Courier is finally with us and we couldn't be prouder. Congrat ... See MoreSee Less

The latest edition of the Red Bellied Courier is finally with us and we couldnt be prouder. 
Congratulations to our editor Kane Durrant and our new graphic designer Greg Wallis. They have produced a seriously world class magazine. Due to increased costs we have reduced the print run this year. As always, the magazine is available exclusively to AHS members. https://ahs.org.au/membership-types/

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Can’t want , awesome perk for supporting a great organisation that does a lot for the hobby 👍🐍🦎I shall stalk the postman soon 😂

Love it and thanks for the personal deluvery Chris Williams. Nice to see someone from outside the family!

Declan Robinson

Definitely need a copy of this one. 😉

Cant wait to get my hands on a copy ❤️❤️❤️

Lovely shot

Great cover pic!

Awesome. Looks great. Can't wait to read it 🙂

Cant wait

Awesome guys

Michael Alexander

Otto (Iron Range)

Gaaah I think my membership has lapsed - is there any way I can find out? 🙈

Awesome will that get shipped out soon?

Can you post it out and give us a price for postage thanks

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WARNING: The meme you're about to read is not scientifically accurate. Proceed with caution. ... See MoreSee Less

WARNING: The meme youre about to read is not scientifically accurate. Proceed with caution.

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Grt

Tortoises are turtles, just like oranges are fruit and snakes are reptiles. If I'm not educating the Australian Herpetological Society, who is?

Technically, tortoises are turtles. But turtles are not tortoise. If that make sense..

Classic , i would of been that dad?

This cracked me up. 🤣😂

Emily Lufe

Jim St John Michael Linke

Tara Cunynghame that’s funny

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This one's tougher...What's the worlds most iconic lizard? Frilly, Komodo, chameleon or something el ... See MoreSee Less

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Garden skink?

I would say from a global point of view, iguana! Most people I have met think every lizard is an iguana 🙈

Iguana. From an iconic point of view when it comes to Lizard imagery

Well ! there are the 'Lizard People' who live in the Sewers beneath many major Cities , mind you ! no one has managed to snare one yet but I'm told they are there 😉. ....... , However , I will nominate the Eastern Water Dragon .

Either chameleon or the geico gecko

Iggiwaunas 🙂 I know it is spelt wrong lol

Thorny devil or frilly !!!

In the states it’s probably the Komodo dragon. Unfortunately I have found the general public has no clue what a frilly is:(

I’d say Iguanas.

For me it will probably be a toss between a blue tongue or water dragon 🙂

Frilled Neck Dragon. It's my favourite

World Komodo Australian frilly or thorny devil 🙂

Frilly without a doubt.

The lizard in Journey to the Centre of the Earth was pretty iconic; I think it was a monitor, maybe a Gila monitor.

The Geico lizard . . . he sells car insurance

Drago di Komodo.

Iconic? Frilly. Mostly because too many people I've met don't realise a Komodo dragon is a lizard. They must think it is some sort of dinosaur 🤣

Green iguana for Greece.

the GEICO gecko--

A gecko?😂

Komodo Dragon

Monstruo de gila, heloderma suspectum

I think lots of people are thinking you are asking what their favourite lizard is. For me the most iconic would be between the Komodo and an Iguana.

My x wife lol 😂

Godzilla (I'm from Tokyo, he's pretty Iconic) 😉

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We're having a debate...Worlds most iconic snake... Rattler, Cobra or something else perhaps? ... See MoreSee Less

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Cobra, more iconic and more ancient

Cobra but a rattlesnake would be a very close second, anaconda 3rd.

The Black Mamba has gotta be up there.

Cobra, definitely. Such an icon

Black Mamba

Snake…..Ashley Bloomfield 😂😂😂

Definitely a cobra species

Anaconda. There was a movie about it and all 😛

Or, maybe, this one

Cobra with rattlesnake sound, like in every movie

The King Cobra hands down

If we are considering our other senses it would be hard to go past the classic rattlesnake as the sound it makes is unique. For anyone out there that is sight impaired or listening on the radio or just resting with your eyes closed the sound of a rattler is unmistakable

I would say the Rattlesnake

Anaconda the second is the monocled cobra

Definitely King Cobra

King Cobra, Mamba’s

Black mamba would be pretty high up I reckon

Gaboon vipers. My FAVORITE.

World wide would be rattlesnake, all the movies have the sound of a rattler just before the baddy gets bitten.

Cobra. That hood is definitely more intense than a rattle in my opinion

International? Cobra. Australian? Mulga.

Toss up between Crotalus and Naja. Both are icons in their own right. I’m biased towards Crotalus cuz I’m a Yank

Iconic? As a kid everytime a deadly snake was talked about or shown in movies it was usually a King Cobra! 😍🖤👌🏻

Definitely Cobra.

Cobra is a classic ancient icon.

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So gorgeous.

So metal

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