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.


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:

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 All VHS business.
Vice President Matt Neff VHS business and meetings and surveys.
Secretary Dave Perry All membership and monies questions.
Treasurer Matthew Close Keeping the finances healthy so the organization can achieve its mission.
Journal Editor Paul Sattler For submissions to, or questions about the VHS journal, Catesbeiana.
Newsletter Editor Susan Watson For submissions to, or questions about the newsletter.
Education Committee Mike Clifford Public education and community outreach.
Survey Committee Jason Gibson Survey site selection and HerpBlitz planning.
Chair of the Regulatory Affairs Committee Larry Mendoza All local and state regulatory issues.
Online Store Manager Kelly Geer For questions about the online store
Past President Kory Steele Facebook

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


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