Monday, May 28, 2012

International Herp Day

First Annual International Herp Day

Yes, it is an ambitious title but we do have friends around the world that care about and love to share information about reptiles and amphibians from their part of the world.

So how does it work? It’s really quite simple: on the first Sunday in June we are encouraging amateur herpetologists to spend the day in the field with their notebooks, cameras and gps’. Record all of the ‘herps’ you find with as much data as you feel is relevant: species, size, sex, location and any field notes you feel are pertinent. Oh, and take a picture as well. All species recorded between midnight to midnight of June 3rd will count towards our efforts.

Your sightings along with their pictures can then be emailed to us at and we’ll create a google map and photo gallery to share your finds. Please note that due to the sensitive nature of many of our sightings we ask that you provide only a general location for your sightings. So a nearby city, lake, mountain peak, etc. and an approximate  radius that the species was found within from the landmark. So I might report the two rubber boas that I found last week as occurring within 5 kilometers of Kamloops lake.

This first year will be a pilot project to see what type of data we get and what you are interested in – we are purposely leaving it open-ended.

Regulations vary from province to province and country to country so please ensure that you follow all regulations that apply to herping and of course please treat all of the individuals you find with the care and respect that they deserve.

We look forward to your photos.

PS Please pass this along to any herp-o-philes that you think might be looking for an excuse to spend the day looking for and taking pictures of these weird, wonderful and quite remarkable creatures.

 Gopher snake