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.
Past President Kory Steele Facebook
Journal Editor Paul Sattler For submissions to, or questions about the VHS journal, Catesbeiana.
Newsletter Co-Editor Susan Watson For submissions to, or questions about the newsletter
Newsletter Co-Editor Joellen Welch For submissions to, or questions about the newsletter
Online Store Manager Kelly Geer For questions about the online store
Education Committee Mike Clifford  
Survey Committee Jason Gibson  

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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.