Last updated 23 January 2011: updated French entry with FFEPT and added Australian entry.


An international listing


The following is a list of herpetological societies and clubs from around the world. They vary from heavyweight scientifically-orientated bodies to local clubs with a few members who have an interest in certain reptiles or amphibians. Initially much of the information was gathered from issues of the European herpetological magazine Reptilia, but also much has since come via the Web.

This is by no means a complete listing, and I am aware that there are many groups in the US in particular. If you are a member of a national group and would like to be listed here, please let us know. Please be aware that contact details for societies may change over time.

Country /Society   Contact Details   Website
Herpetological Association of Africa   Chair/Newsletter Editor, Dr Alison Leslie, Crocodile Research, PO Box 6084, Uniedal, Stellenbosch 7612, South Africa (E-mail:

Secretary/Treasurer, Mr Frank Farquarson, PO Box 20142, Durban North 4016, South Africa (

Journal Editor, Dr Graham Alexander, Dept Zoology, University of the Witwatersrand, PO Box Wits 2050, South Africa (E-mail: (although this is not the official website itself, it is a portal to this and other valuable organisations in African herpetology, and also has a full taxonomic guide: the link to the HAA site itself is on the home page).
Argentine Herpetological Association   [Journal] Dr Gustavo J Scrocchi, Instituto de Herpetologica, Fundación Miguel Lillo, Miguel Lillo 251, 4000 Tucumán, Argentina (E-mail:
Australian Herpetological Society
COMMENT: distributes the journal Herpetofauna, focusing on both Australian and New Zealand herpetology, as well as newsletters.

Österreichische Gesellschaft für Herpetologie (ÖGH) [Austrian Herpetological Society]   [Journal] Heinz Grillitsch, Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, Burgring 7, A-1014 Vienna, Austria
TERRA   Hugo Claessen, Arthur Sterckstraat 18, B-2600 Berchem, Antwerp, Belgium
Tel/Fax: +32 3 239 11 03
Teraristická Spolecnost Praha [Prague Terrarium Society]
COMMENT: publishes a good yearly journal, Terarista, in Czech with comprehensive English summaries. The website can be viewed in Czech, English or German.
EUFORA (European Forum for Reptiles and Amphibians)   Internet-based (see link)
Societas Europaea Herpetologica (European Herpetological Society)
The Herpetological Society of Finland   Suomen Herpetologinen Yhdistys Ry., PB 1272, Helsinki, FINLAND
COMMENT: website available in Finnish, Swedish or English. Publishes Herpetomania six times a year in Finnish with English summaries.
La Société Herpétologique de France
Fédération Francophone pour l'Elevage et la Protection des Tortues (Francophone Federation for the Husbandry and Protection of Tortoises and Turtles):   6 allée des amandiers, 34410 SAUVIAN, France
Tel: 06 17 70 29 42


COMMENT: publishes the excellent magazine Chéloniens four times a year
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Herpetologie und Terrarienkunde (DGHT) [German Society for Herpetology and Reptile and Amphibian Husbandry]   DGHT-Geschäftstelle, Postfach 1421 D-53351 Rheinbach, GERMANY
Tel: (02255) 950106
Fax: (02255) 1726
COMMENT: the largest herpetological society in the world, with about 8,000 members and a number of working groups and publications. Worth joining even if you don't speak German as the flagship DGHT publication, Salamandra, is now being produced in English.
Terrariengemeinschaft Berlin e.V [Berlin Terrarium Society]        
COMMENT: produces a good magazine, Sauria.
Societas Hellenica Herpetologica [Greek Herpetological Society]
COMMENT: website available in Greek or English
Societas Herpetologica Italica [Italian Herpetological Society]
COMMENT: produces a number of publications, most of which appear to be Italian language only.
Nederlandse Verenigung voor Herpetologie en Terrariumkunde [Dutch Society for Herpetology and Terrarium Keeping]   Jur ter Borg
Nieuwemeerdijk 253
1171 NP Badhoevedorp
Telefoon: 06-43100668
Podarcis [E-zine published in Dutch and English]
New Zealand

New Zealand Herpetological Society   See website.
Sociedade Portuguesa de Herpetologia [Portugese Herpetological Society]   Departamento de Biologia Animal, Faculdade de Ciências de Lisboa
Bloco C2, Piso 3 - Campo Grande, 1749-016 Lisboa, Portugal
Asociación Herpetológica Española [Spanish Herpetological Association]   Apartado de correos 191, 28911 Leganés, Madrid (Spain).
Sede A.H.E.: Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales. C/ José Gutiérrez Abascal 2, 28006 Madrid (Spain)

Sveriges Herpetologiska Riksförening [National Swedish Herpetological Association]   ??
COMMENT: website can be viewed in Swedish or English (the latter has less content). The Association publishes the journal Snoken quarterly, in Swedish with some English summaries.
Herpetoloji Dernegi [Herpetological Society]
COMMENT: Website can be viewed in Turkish or English, although the English is currently (May 2005) under construction.
United Kingdom
Association for the Study of Reptiles and Amphibians        
British Herpetological Society   The British Herpetological Society,
c/o The Zoological Society of London,
Regent's Park,
COMMENT: a charity, established in 1947, and the oldest British herpetological association.
Federation of British Herpetologists
COMMENT: A campaigning umbrella of groups and individuals fighting against restrictive legislation and misinformation put out by the extreme animal rights groups in the UK and elsewhere.
Herpetological Conservation Trust   The Herpetological Conservation Trust,
655A Christchurch Road
Dorset BH1 4AP
Telephone: (0044)01202 391319
Fax: (0044)01202 392785
COMMENT: not a society as such, but a charitable company limited by guarantee.
International Herpetological Society
The American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH)   American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
Maureen Donnelly, Secretary
Florida International University
Biological Sciences
11200 SW 8th St.
Miami, FL 33199 U.S.A.

Phone: (305)348-1235
Fax: (305)348-1986
COMMENT: founded in 1913. Publishes the academic journal Copeia which should be comprehensible to a well-educated or enthusiastic hobbyist.
The Herpetologists' League (HL)
The Mid-Atlantic Turtle and Tortoise Society, Inc. (MATTS)   MATTS
2914 East Joppa Road
Suite 103
Maryland 21234
Tel: (410) 882-2769
The New England Herpetological Society (NEHS)   New England Herpetological Society; PO Box 1082; Boston, MA 02103; USA
The Reno Tur-Toise Club (RTTC)   Reno Tur-Toise Club
P.O. Box 8783
Reno, NV 89507
Phone: (775) 972-8532


  Info about the group can be found at
Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles (SSAR) 
COMMENT: the website address given seems to be the latest one but does not, as at 4 May 2005, appear to be working.
Chelonian Research Foundation
Global Gecko Association   Global Gecko Association, PO BOX 9267, Niskayuna, NY 12309-0267, USA
COMMENT: publishes two journals, Gekko and Chit Chat.
International Society for the History and Bibliography of Herpetology   Richard Wahlgren, Chairperson
PO Box 2123
SE-220 02 Lund

International Venomous Snake Society   International Venomous Snake Society; Ronda T Bergmann, President; PO Box 17154; Fountain Hills, AZ 85269-7154; USA
Tel: ++1 602-837-8925
Fax: ++1 602-532-7166


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