Need help with identifying a reptile or amphibian?

Approximately 40% of our snake identification requests were harmless, juvenile eastern ratsnakes. Is this the snake you observed? Not the snake you observed? Then by all means contact us.

Email: animal-identification@virginiaherpetologicalsociety.com

To improve the identification process, provide the following when possible:

  • Photo

  • Locality (county / town, address is ideal)

  • Place of encounter: Yard, house, pond, woods, etc.

  • Approximate size

  • Disposition of animal: Observed, released, killed, etc.

  • If you are a VHS member (not required)

Also, consider joining our Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Virginia-Herpetological-Society/53153159887

Please keep in mind that we will respond as soon as possible, but responses may take several hours.

VHS Directory

Office Name Email Address Functions
President Mike Salotti president@vaherpsociety.com All VHS business.
Vice President Matt Neff vicepresident@vaherpsociety.com VHS business and meetings and surveys.
Secretary Dave Perry secretary@vaherpsociety.com All membership and monies questions.
Treasurer Matthew Close treasurer@vaherpsociety.com Keeping the finances healthy so the organization can achieve its mission.
Journal Editor Paul Sattler pwsattle@liberty.edu For submissions to, or questions about the VHS journal, Catesbeiana.
Newsletter Editor Susan Watson Newsletter@vaherpsociety.com For submissions to, or questions about the newsletter.
Education Committee Mike Clifford micliffo@vt.edu Public education and community outreach.
Survey Committee Jason Gibson frogman31@gmail.com Survey site selection and HerpBlitz planning.
Chair of the Regulatory Affairs Committee Larry Mendoza frogman31@gmail.com All local and state regulatory issues.
Online Store Manager Kelly Geer Merchandise@vaherpsociety.com For questions about the Cafepress.com online store
Past President Kory Steele past-president@vaherpsociety.com Facebook

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FROGS

Virginia is home to 28 species of frogs and toads.

SALAMANDERS

We have a large diversity of salamanders consisting of 56 different species and subspecies.

LIZARDS

Virginia is home to 9 native lizard species and two introduced species, the Mediterranean Gecko and the Italian Wall Lizard.

SNAKES

The Commonwealth is home to 34 species and subspecies of snake. Only 3 species are venomous.

TURTLES

Virginia has 25 species and subspecies of turtle. Five of these species are sea turtle.