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Painted Turtle, Chrysemys picta, sitting on a log in an Indiana river

Hoosier Herpetological Society

We are a non-profit Indiana herpetology organization dedicated to the education of its membership and the conservation of all reptiles and amphibians.

  • Jun 19, 2024, 5:00 PM EDT – Jun 22, 2024, 5:00 PM EDT
    Knoxville, Knoxville, TN, USA
    Head to Knoxville with HHS for the 46th International Herpetological Symposium! 🌎🐢 Perfectly situated for herping enthusiasts, Knoxville is near the Great Smoky Mountains and home to Zoo Knoxville. See you there for a world of herpetological discovery! 🐍🏞️ #IHSKnoxville
  • Jun 26, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
    Holliday Park Nature Center, 6363 Spring Mill Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46260, USA
    Join our Monthly Herp Meetings, where enthusiasts and experts converge to share knowledge and explore the riveting world of reptiles and amphibians. Engage in lively discussions, stay informed on the latest herpetology news, and be part of an enthusiastic community. Dive into herpetology with us!
  • Jun 27, 2024, 8:00 AM EDT – Jun 30, 2024, 8:00 PM EDT
    Ann Arbor, 915 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
    Get ready for the SSAR 2024 Meeting with HHS, PARC, and ISHBH at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, from June 27-30! 🐸🐍 Join us for scientific sessions, networking, and exploring herpetology at its finest. A must-attend event for herp enthusiasts! #SSAR2024 #HerpetologyMeeting 🎓🔬
  • Jul 10, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
    Nexus Impact Center , 9511 Angola Ct unit 200, Indianapolis, IN 46268, USA
    Be a part of our Board Meetings, where your ideas can help steer the Hoosier Herp Society's mission. Contribute to our decision-making, engage in enriching discussions, and collaborate with fellow reptile and amphibian enthusiasts. Your insights could shape the future of herpetology with us.
  • Jul 13, 2024, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT
    Nashville, Parkview Ln, Nashville, IN 47448, USA
    Join HHS at Snakefest 2024 for a slithering adventure! 🐍 Meet Brown County & O'Bannon Woods State Park naturalists and the Indiana Herpetological Society for a day of reptile displays, learning, and fun. Enjoy hourly presentations, petting, and photo ops! 🦎🌿 #Snakefest2024
  • Jul 27, 2024, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM EDT
    Edinburgh, 4220 W 700 N, Edinburgh, IN 46124, USA
    Mark your calendars for a day of adventure, camaraderie, and herpetology! Join the Hoosier Herp Society for a thrilling kayaking trip at Blues Canoes in Edinburgh, Indiana. Make sure to sign up as HHS member to join!
  • Sep 06, 2024, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM EDT
    Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065, USA
    Join the Columbus Venom Conference on September 6, 2024, at the Columbus Zoo! Enjoy expert talks on venom, CME and FAWM credits, and a special reception with behind-the-scenes access to the reptile house. Tickets are on sale now, with in-person and virtual options available.
  • Sep 20, 2024, 5:00 PM CDT – Sep 22, 2024, 6:00 PM CDT
    St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, USA
    Mark your calendars for the Midwest Herpetological Symposium in St. Louis, September 20-22! Details are still to come, but expect engaging presentations and networking opportunities focused on reptile and amphibian conservation. Stay tuned for more information on this exciting event!
  • Oct 12, 2024, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM CDT
    Tinley Park, 18451 Convention Center Dr, Tinley Park, IL 60477, USA
    Mark your calendars for the North American Reptile Breeders Conference! Located at the Tinley Park Convention Center in IL, this event is a reptile lover's dream. From educational talks to a diverse marketplace of species, there's something for everyone. Don't miss out!
  • Time is TBD
    Brown County, Brown County, IN, USA
    Embark on a thrilling Timber Rattlesnake hike in Brown County with the HHS. Experience the thrill of seeking out these elusive creatures in their natural habitat. Please remember safety gear and note that HHS holds no liability for injuries. No guaranteed sightings, but guaranteed adventure!
  • Time is TBD
    Indianapolis, 3000 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46208, USA
    Experience the unseen at our exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Indianapolis Children's Museum. From dinosaur bones to herpetology exhibits, get ready to uncover hidden treasures and insights. This is a HHS members only event so sign up now! Space will be limited. More information to come!
  • Time is TBD
    Location is TBD
    Join the HHS Christmas Party for festive fun, games, and herpetological enthusiasm! Connect, share stories, and enjoy a White Elephant Gift Exchange (limit: $20) and Door Prizes. Celebrate the holidays in our unique, reptile-loving community!

Upcoming Events

Timber rattle snake, Crotalus horridus, in a forest in Brown County Indiana
Hoosier Herpetology Society Logo Indiana reptiles and amphibians

About Us

The Hoosier Herpetological Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the education of its membership and the conservation of all reptiles and amphibians.

Our goals are to:

  • Provide resources to aid in the care are of reptiles and amphibians.

  • Educate our members and the general public about the ecological role of reptiles and amphibians.

  • Promote the study and conservation of reptiles and amphibians.

The H.H.S. plays an important part in the central Indiana of the herpetological community. Educational displays and exhibits are a big part of the society. Members are encouraged to display and answer questions regarding the biology and captive care of their animals.

Membership is open to all interested individuals. You can help support our education and conservation activities with your generous donation!

Become a Member Today!

Joining our society is a fun and rewarding experience! As a member, you will gain access to exclusive events, monthly newsletters, and more. Sign up today and become part of our community today!

A bit of history

The Hoosier Herpetological Society formed in late 1988 (officially 1989) and is going strong today.

In 1994, members of the H.H.S. (in cooperation with the D.N.R.), captured and relocated endangered Kirtland's snakes (Clonophis kirtlandii) to a new location. The original habitat was to be destroyed to make way for an industrial park. The Kirtland’s project was implemented to save this large population of the species. To this date, Kirtland's snakes have been observed at the new relocation site!

Hoosier Herpetological Society, Indiana Reptiles and Amphibians. Kirtland's snake.

Your Donation Helps

Your generous donations empower the Hoosier Herp Society's mission! They fuel our educational programs, conservation initiatives, and research, while also enabling us to host enriching events for our community. Every contribution, big or small, helps us protect Indiana's incredible reptiles and amphibians and inspire the next generation of herpetologists. Thank you for your support!

Eastern box turtle, Terrapene carolina carolina, photographed by Hoosier Herpetological Society member Seth LaGrange
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