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Professional Herpetological Organizations and Journals – Part 2

BushmasterPlease see Part 1 of this article for general information and details concerning some well-known, long-established groups and journals.  Today we’ll take a look at some newer organizations that cater to special interests.

International Society for the History and Bibliography of Herpetology

The name is quite a mouthful, but this favorite of mine is well-worth your time.  It fills an important and ignored niche in our field – the study of the story of herpetology and those involved in its development.  The articles in its journal, Biblotheca Herpetologica, cover matters of vital importance to our field in a most interesting fashion. Herpers both new and “seasoned” will find much of value here.

Herpetological Association of Africa

The HAA’s periodicals, The African Journal of Herpetology and African Herpetological News, have made quite a name for themselves since first appearing in 2005.  African amphibians and reptiles are the major focus of the association’s efforts, but original research articles on foreign species are also accepted.

International Society for the Study and Conservation of Amphibians

Established in 1982, the ISSCA has been catapulted into international prominence by the recent amphibian extinction crisis.  It publishes Alytes, the only international journal devoted to Batrachology (the study of amphibians), and the bulletin Circalytes.

Brazilian Society of Herpetology

Baby Diamondback TerrapinBSH’s main publication, The South American Journal of Herpetology, focuses on theoretical studies of wide applicability.  Articles dealing with herps from all parts of the world are accepted.

Further Reading

I read a number of herp journals and post summaries of interesting findings from time to time.  Please check out this article on Reptile Field Reports for an example.

Herp Digest, the world’s only free electronic herp newsletter, is a wonderful resource for folks who do not subscribe to professional journals but are interested in breaking herp news and research.  Abstracts of journal articles and the tables of contents from several important periodicals are posted, along with much else of interest.



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Being born with a deep interest in animals might seem unfortunate for a native Bronxite , but my family encouraged my interest and the menagerie that sprung from it. Jobs with pet stores and importers had me caring for a fantastic assortment of reptiles and amphibians. After a detour as a lawyer, I was hired as a Bronx Zoo animal keeper and was soon caring for gharials, goliath frogs, king cobras and everything in-between. Research has taken me in pursuit of anacondas, Orinoco crocodiles and other animals in locales ranging from Venezuela’s llanos to Tortuguero’s beaches. Now, after 20+ years with the Bronx Zoo, I am a consultant for several zoos and museums. I have spent time in Japan, and often exchange ideas with zoologists there. I have written books on salamanders, geckos and other “herps”, discussed reptile-keeping on television and presented papers at conferences. A Master’s Degree in biology has led to teaching opportunities. My work puts me in contact with thousands of hobbyists keeping an array of pets. Without fail, I have learned much from them and hope, dear readers, that you will be generous in sharing your thoughts on this blog and web site. For a complete biography of my experience click here.
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