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Turtle and Tortoise Newsletter, 2000, 2:19d
© 2000 by Chelonian Research Foundation

Turtle and Tortoise Newsletter

The Dallas-Fort Worth (Texas) Herpetological Society

Michael Smith
7111 Layla Rd., Arlington, TX 76016 USA; E-mail: masmith51@earthlink.net

The DFW Herpetological Society was formed in December 1999 to meet the needs of people interested in the natural history and conservation of reptiles and amphibians as well as in captive husbandry. The mission of the society is to promote understanding, appreciation, and conservation of reptiles and amphibians; to encourage respect for their habitats; and to foster responsible captive care. The initial programs have featured talks about reptile rescue, the natural history of garter and water snakes, Asian rat snakes, the north Texas amphibian monitoring program, and field research in Central and South America.

The monthly newsletter includes original articles by members covering wide territory, all the way from humorous stories and anecdotes to conservation issues regarding turtles and amphibian declines. The newsletter, The Cross Timbers Herpetologist, also has a section for reporting field data on sightings of reptiles and amphibians. For many of us, herping shares a lot in common with birding, including field observations and trying to contribute to what we know about the status of wild populations.

We have a website at www.kingsnake.com/dfwherp/ and future plans include an online guide to the reptiles and amphibians of Dallas and Tarrant Counties. We are also exploring the possibility of providing a brochure on box turtle natural history and conservation issues, to be made available at exhibits and educational presentations. In addition, we are looking for ways to provide effective education and advocacy regarding the problem of rattlesnake roundups.

The DFW Herp Society has provided educational presentations at schools and has had displays at each of the Texas Reptile Expos held in Arlington, TX. The group has also provided assistance to a rural community following a recent incident in which a toddler was bitten by a western diamondback rattlesnake. We would love to hear from anyone interested in the Society and its aims. Contact information for the officers can be found at the website.