HSI Announce Participation in Cross-Border Herpetology Initiative

*UPDATE: EVENT IS CURRENTLY FULLY BOOKED. DUE TO DEMAND WE WILL BE ADDING ADDITIONAL TRAINING DATES. WATCH THIS SPACE*   The island of Ireland contains a border, but our cold blooded fauna don’t appreciate that, so any effort to understand their natural distribution on the island obviously requires close collaboration between organisations on each side … More HSI Announce Participation in Cross-Border Herpetology Initiative

2015: Year in Review

For a society run entirely by volunteers, it can seem like the work is never ending. For this reason, it’s important to take a moment to reflect on what we have achieved, and to remind ourselves that all the long nights in front of a computer, wet days rambling around in ponds, and early mornings … More 2015: Year in Review

Species Profile: Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

Name: Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus) Range: Southeastern United States Diet: Carnivorous. Primarily feeding on small mammals, but will also feed on birds. Conservation Status: IUCN – Least concern This species, along with the bald eagle, has attained iconic status in the United states, and its cultural significance cannot be overstated. The snake appears on the Gadsden … More Species Profile: Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

Joint Herpetological Scientific Meeting 2015 – Highlights

The Herpetological Society of Ireland, and Dublin University Zoological Society were honoured to host the “Joint Herpetological Scientific Meeting 2015” at Trinity College Dublin. The JHSM was a joint venture between the two societies, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC), The British Herpetological Society (BHS) and Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK (ARG-UK). The meeting … More Joint Herpetological Scientific Meeting 2015 – Highlights

Photographic Diary: Lizards of the Irish Coast

On a rainy Saturday afternoon in Cork city, my partner-in-crime, Seán, and I decided to head out in search of sunshine. After loading up the car with binoculars, cameras, and flasks of tea, we drove east to Ballycotton. The beautiful cliff walk in Ballycotton, East Cork, is popular with walkers, photographers and wildlife enthusiasts alike. … More Photographic Diary: Lizards of the Irish Coast

Herpetologist Profile: Anthony Rafferty

Anthony Rafferty is an Irish scientist based in Melbourne Australia. In the course of his career he has studied several species of turtle, with particular emphasis on their embryonic development. His body of work includes a fascinating study, published earlier this year in the American Society of Naturalists journal, in which he describes some of … More Herpetologist Profile: Anthony Rafferty