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.
|Melissa Kaplan's Herp Care||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|
|Herpetology||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.|
|Reptiles & Amphibians in Captivity - Breeding & Longevity||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.|
Lenny Flank's herp site has written five books on various herp- or invertebrate-related topics. Apart from his books, his site has some nice shots of some of his herpetological collection, plus some useful advice pages.
Herptiles FAQ deals with some basic questions. Some of them you may find answered here as well, but there are also links to other resources.
Liza Daly's Herp Site carries some good articles.
An Italian site I came across recently is Reptilia & Amphibia. The site is in Italian and English and is very well laid out. I think this is definitely one that European herpetologists should visit. I would welcome any feedback from other visitors about this site.
An excellent "crossroads" with links to many other reptilian-based sites is The BIOSIS Internet Resource Guide to Zoology's Reptilia section. You can also use this page to go back to find the corresponding crossroads for Amphibia and doubtlessly Arachnidae and other invertebrates as well.
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.
For a wealth of information and sources on Bearded Dragons, go to Bearded Dragons Galore.
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.
Marco's snake page is very comprehensive, with links for most herps (not just snakes), caresheets, and links also to zoos and breeders as well as private individuals. You can read it in either Dutch or English.
Podarcis is a new 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.
Denise Loving's site has some interesting stuff (observations and pictures) on the snakes and New Caledonian geckos that she and her husband keep. I couldn't help warming to this couple because like me the husband is a long-haired computer geek who also likes herptiles.
The main British and European herpetological magazine until recently "International Reptilian". This site is not just a bookmark for the magazine but also an online market and carries free ads for herp enthusiasts. Reptilian itself is a good magazine, its main problem being the somewhat unpredictable frequency of its appearing: six times a year is all that can be said with any certainty. It publishes quite a few more letters than the other magazines and has an international focus. The magazine was taken over recently but has come back fighting, its latest issue dealing with and refuting the arguments put out by the "antis" who want to ban the keeping of reptiles, including an article on the salmonellosis scare (and scare-mongering) written by Steve Divers and Martin Lawton, President of the British veterinarians.
"The Vivarium" was an excellent US magazine, published I believe by Philippe de Vosjoli's people, but this too was bought out recently and now appears as Reptiles. I have only seen one copy edition of the new magazine, but it looks to be a worthy successor.
Until recently the most commonly seen US herp magazine, at least in UK and possibly European shops, was Reptile & Amphibian Hobbyist, produced by TFH. To visit TFH, the proprietors of Reptile Hobbyist who also produce many books and magazines on all pet animals, click here. Sadly it has recently been made known that this magazine too is to cease publication, TFH citing rising costs as the reason. Although I've sometimes been a little critical of TFH books, I have nothing but praise for the magazine which has gone from strength to strength, first under Jerry Walls and then under Tom Mazorlig. Recently the magazine acquired the fellow herp magazine Reptile & Amphibian, including its chief editor (I think) Erica Ramus, and the resulting publication is now called Reptile & Amphibian Hobbyist. Of the magazines listed here I would say it is more US-orientated than the others, but that's not a criticism: after all, we Europeans have the rest! Now may be the time to buy any back copies while you can.
Another excellent magazine I have come across recently is Reptilia, a Spanish-based publication. It aims at a niche about halfway between the more popular approach and the genuinely scientific journals, and focuses not only on herp keeping but on conservation of natural species, particularly the European. This is a very worthwhile publication and is printed in three languages: English, German and Spanish.
Pet Reptile (which also covers amphibians and invertebrates in equal measure) was one of the more recent additions to the market, appearing monthly. It appeared to be holding its own, but I have been recently informed that as of August 2001 (after issue 47) it has ceased publication. This is a pity, partly because it filled a bit of a niche by aiming at the less scientifically-orientated herp lovers. That's not a criticism, by the way: some people who are put off by articles on the pros and cons of splitting zoological genera on the basis of genetic differences may well have been attracted to reptiles, amphibians or invertebrates by Pet Reptile's brisk, down-to-earth approach. It also had the advantage of appearing in more mainstream shops than just pet shops and stores. I would especially recommend it for younger teenagers who are interested. Not too "heavy". I will write up the definitive situation with this magazine when I have the full story.
Don't ask me which one of these I recommend, by the way, as I read them all!
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