Organized in 1958, the Virginia Herpetological Society brings
together people interested in advancing their knowledge of Virginia's reptiles and amphibians.
The VHS encourages scientific study of Virginia herpetofauna and its conservation. Education
continues to be an important society function.
Society meetings are held twice each year, in spring and fall,
at different locations throughout the state. The program is open to all members and guests and
includes an educational workshop, a business meeting, and a contributed papers session during
which members present information on their research and interest with Virginia's reptile and
The Fall Meeting Workshop trains members and educators on the
identification, conservation, and captive care of common reptile and amphibian species, as well
as those that are threatened and endangered. A two-day trip during the Spring meeting teaches
members field sampling techniques and identification by professional herpetologists.
The VHS publishes a bulletin, CATESBEIANA, twice each year that
contains research, field notes, and other information on various aspects of herpetology
submitted by its members. The society also produces a semi-annual newsletter to keep you
informed on conservation, education, and upcoming events pertaining to the Commonwealth's
reptiles and amphibians.
Virginia is home to 28 species of frogs and toads.
We have a large diversity of salamanders consisting of 56 different species and subspecies.
Virginia is home to 9 native lizard species and two introduced species, the Mediterranean
Gecko and the Italian Wall Lizard.
The Commonwealth is home to 34 species and subspecies of snake. Only 3 species are venomous.
Virginia has 25 species and subspecies of turtle. Five of these species are sea turtle.