Name Our Lizard!

A British government agency recently asked the Internet to suggest a name for a $287 million polar research ship. The top suggestion? The R.S.S. Boaty McBoatface. People are understandably disappointed at suggestions that the agency will not adopt this noble appellation, and we at the HSI share in that disappointment 😦 With that in mind, … More Name Our Lizard!

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: Spectacled Caiman

Name: Spectacled caiman (Caiman crocodilus) Range: From southern Mexico, through Central America and down into tropical South America as far south as Corrientes, close to the Paraguay-Argentina border. Diet: Carnivorous Conservation Status: IUCN – Least Concern The Spectacled caiman is a medium sized crocodilian (~1.8 – 2.5meters) from the family Alligatoridae, which is comprised of … More Species Profile: Spectacled Caiman

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

Wildlife CSI – Using Forensics to Find Frog’s Foes

This is the story of PhD research carried out by Bastian Egeter, an Irish herpetologist and molecular ecologist who, until recently, was studying and working in New Zealand. I arrived in New Zealand in 2008 to undertake a postgraduate diploma in wildlife management at the University of Otago and became enamoured by the country’s incredible endemic amphibians. Incredible, not … More Wildlife CSI – Using Forensics to Find Frog’s Foes

Salamander Expansion On Ice, As Climate Heats Up

The last glacial maximum in Ireland made the island inhospitable to the common frog (Rana temporaria). As the ice retreated about 12,000 years ago, a population of common frogs was able to slowly recolonise the island from ice-free refugia to the south. This pattern of distribution shift, typifies the model applied to most reptiles and … More Salamander Expansion On Ice, As Climate Heats Up