Last updated 31 May 2021 – corrected or removed dead links.
Here you can find some links to other reptile and amphibian sites on the Web that haven't been covered under specific sections. I have tried to categorise them, but occasionally the demarcation lines get a little blurred.
One of the best websites for all things herpetocultural is, in my opinion, Melissa Kaplan's Herp Care. Melissa has about 180 articles on most aspects of herp care, especially green iguanas, plus links to other sites dealing with more specialisations. She's also a lady who's not afraid to speak her mind! She featured in the 'Herp People' section of the January 2000 issue of Reptile & Amphibian Hobbyist.
Jennifer Swofford's Basking Spot.
Another comprehensive site, again with a lot of focus on green iguanas
UK site maintained by Chris Davis of the Herpetological Conservation Trust. Very interesting and important as he not only discusses the captive breeding of many European species but also - something often overlooked - the conservation of our native reptiles and amphibians. Also has a series of gorgeous pictures of captive-bred, mainly European, herptiles, many kept outdoors. Recommended.
The current homesite of Frank and Kate Slavens, who until recently published and maintained records of herpetological breeding projects and the longevity of captive reptiles. Sadly they have decided not to continue with this work as from 2003, although the old records are still up for viewing. The reason they gave was lack of input from the private sector, which I find very regrettable - this sort of information is what is needed nowadays. Hopefully they or someone else will resume this work one day.
For reptile systematics, Peter Uetz's Reptile Database is a very important resource. This site acknowledges our debt to it!
A very useful new site (as at 2005) is UVGuide.co.uk. This examines the issue of ultraviolet light for reptiles in particular and also tests available UV lamps, mercury vapour lamps and fluorescent tubes, as well as discussing natural sunlight. The people involved in this work are all experienced herpetoculturists and I would recommend you visit the site.
I am particularly grateful to the July 2000 issue of Pet Reptile for the following two links:
Komodo National Park is the official site of the famous home of the Komodo Dragon, V. komodoensis. It is very well laid out and contains information on the whole of the park, including all of its fauna, as well as of course the famous dragon. Recommended.
Kathie Kaiwi's Chameleon Journals is another well-laid out site, dedicated in this case to the Old World chameleons with FAQs, information and even a marketplace. It is also done in a responsible manner, which is always good to see.
The Dutch are a nation with renowned expertise in the area of herpetoculture, and for that reason we will be including several Dutch links here.
Podarcis is an online herpetological magazine produced in Holland.. From what I have read in it so far I recommend a visit.
The Germans likewise have long been leaders in herpetoculture, so look out for more German links here.
Squamata Verlag is a publishers specialising especially in the Cordylid and Gerrhosaurid lizards.
Nearly twenty years ago there were a reasonable number of publications covering herpetology, herpetoculture and exotics keeping generally. Such is the nature of the topical magazine business, however, perhaps especially since the rise of the Internet, that magazines, especially those aimed at keepers, do tend to come and go. Some of these that were previously listed here (Reptilian, Reptilia, Pet Reptile and Reptile and Amphibian Hobbyist) are now defunct.
The following are currently ongoing:
Practical Reptile Keeping – covers not only reptiles but also amphibians and invertebrates.
Reptiles from the USA is likewise still going strong.
Exotics Keeper appears to have been launched in 2020 and covers birds and marine animals as well as reptiles and amphibians.
Although Reptilia (in my opinion one of the best magazines) is now no longer published, they still maintain a site where back issues and downloads are available.
In addition, national herpetocultural bodies such as the German DGHT tend to produce publications (sometimes prodigiously so!) in their own language(s). Some of these are now online. For further information go to the Herpetological Societies page.
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