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Canadian Herpetological Society

Société d'herpétologie du Canada


  • Meetin Announcement

    The Canadian Society of Ecology & Evolution (CSEE), the Canadian Society of Zoology (CSZ), and the Society of Canadian Limnologists (SCL) are holding a joint meeting in Montreal next May. Visit the meeting website for more information.

  • CARCNET+CAH name and logo competition

    As many of you know, the membership voted in favour of CARCNET and CAH becoming one organization at the September AGM. The new name that was proposed for the organization was the Canadian Herpetological Society. However, after the meeting we realized that some of you might have other ideas for a name and we are going to hold a competition for the new name. At the meeting we also agreed to hold a competition for the new logo.

    We have received a number of great submissions for the name and logo competition and it’s time to vote for a winner! To vote, simply e-mail [email protected] and indicate your favourite choice for the name and the logo. The voting will begin immediately and will close on Wednesday November 13th at 5 pm EST. If anyone submitted a name or a logo and you don’t see it reflected in this e-mail, please contact Joe immediately.

    This is an opportunity for everyone to play a big role in determining the future name and look of our organization, so please take a minute and vote for your favourites! If two or more ideas get a similar # of votes, we may hold a second round of voting to choose the final winner.

    Organization Name

    The three potential names are:

    1. Canadian Herpetological Society (CHS)
    2. Canadian Amphibian and Reptile Society (CARS)
    3. Canadian Amphibian and Reptile Research and Conservation Society (CARRCS)

    Organization Logo

    Please keep the following in mind when voting for the logo:

    • The logos are concepts at this point and the winning logo will be polished-up by the artist.
    • Any logos that include a placeholder name or acronym will be modified accordingly based on the outcome of the name vote — changing the name or acronym will not really affect any of the logos that have been submitted, so don’t worry about the name when voting for a logo.
    • Please consider the principles/guidelines that were sent out in the original e-mail. For example, in addition to considering the overall design and visual appeal, consider how the symbolism reflects our organization and how the logo will look at various sizes (including on small print media).
    • There are two versions of logo #2 — votes for either will count toward this general concept — just choose a or b to let us know which you prefer.

    The five logos we have received are below, along with a description for each:

    • Logo 1. Submitted by Nils Anderson.


    • Logo 2 (a and b): Submitted by James Baxter-Gilbert and Liv Monck-Whipp. “As a goal of the Canadian Herpetological Society (CHS) is to encompassed a Canada-wide scope of both amphibian and reptile researchers and conversationalist we feel that the two best species that would best represent 'Canadian species' would be the wood frog (Lithobates sylvaticus), and garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis; including all subspecies). Both species are easily the most wide ranging in the country, occurring in every province and at least one or more territories. They are cold-hearty species, with a phenomenal array of attributes and characteristics (sound like anyone we know?). Visually they are easily distinguished from other species, making them excellent brand-able organisms for a logo. We feel that these two species are excellent representative for both our organization, our country and of Canadian herping in general… Let’s face it wherever you herp in Canada you find garters, and who hasn't stood in semi-ice covered water in early spring to find a wood frog, thus marking the end of winter and the start of field season.”



    • Logo 3: Submitted by Dr. David Green. Most of us heard David’s rationale behind his logo at the AGM: it encompasses the diversity of herps in Canada (frogs, salamanders, turtles and squamates), and the 13 yellow spots on the salamander represent the 13 provinces and territories.


    • Logo 4 : Submitted by Lucie Veilleux. “The logo represents an amphibian (yellow-spotted salamander) and a reptile (painted turtle) that are common across Canada and to whom people can relate to. Underneath you can see a raindrop representative of the conservation of wetlands and habitats and the Canada’s maple leaf.”


    • Logo 5: Submitted by Katharine Yagi. “I chose to use the Wood frog as Canada's representative herp species because of its broad range and the fact that it appears to exist in every province and territory in Canada. I also chose to overlay the image of the wood frog on our national symbol, the Maple leaf. I thought adding color would be more attractive to the logo so I decided to show our nice autumn colors on the leaf, representing Canada's seasons and the fact that Wood frogs are very tolerant of our seasons and relatively cooler climate. Also, the color scheme are warm colors which I find are attractive to the eye when it comes to logos. I did not add color to the frog itself as there are different color/pattern morphs of the wood frogs out west, and we can tell it’s a wood frog due to the characteristic black stripe on its face. No color is needed!”


  • Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre

    The Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre is a national, federally funded institution with offices across the country, whose job it is to track wildlife disease. (How awesome is that?!?) To this end they have an amazing full-time staff of wonderful people with veterinary or related training, who spend their time studying wildlife disease. The thing is, for species like herps that aren't consistently monitored, they can't react to disease issues unless we point them in the right direction with our field observations. For disease in game species, they may have good data, but if you find a sick herp it's a good bet that the record would be of use to them.

    Please consider submitting any records of diseased wildlife you come across, and if you end up with a live or freshly dead individual that could be necropsied, consider submitting it. There are enough emerging wildlife diseases out there (yes, I'm paranoid because of bats these days!) that it's worth the time and energy to get your random observations to people who can use them.

    Main website:

    Contact info for the regional offices across the country, with submission forms and toll-free numbers to contact the vets, vet techs and wildlife biologists working there:

  • Québec's endangered turtles

    In 2012 Éco-Nature, a non-profit organisation located in the greater Montreal area, started a project to raise public awareness on Quebec's endangered turtles. We developed a series of fact sheets to address the most frequently asked questions by the public about turtles and to reduce local threats on turtle species.

    These fact sheets are available in French and in English, for any organisations that work for turtle conservation. A blank space on the back of each fact sheet allows applying a sticker with contact information.

    Please find below a link to access low resolution versions of the fact sheets, in both languages. High resolution versions for printing are also available upon request.

    We hope that this education tool will be helpful for people working on various turtles species throughout Canada and believe that the CARCNET is a great way to broadcast it.

    The links below are for CARCNET members. If you have any questions regarding the project, please contact:

    Anaïs Boutin, Biologist M.Sc.
    Coordinator of conservation and protection programs
    345, boulevard Sainte-Rose
    Laval (Québec)
    H7L 5P2
    450-622-1020 Ext.231
    [email protected]

    Received a visit from a turtle? Be polite; you're lucky!

    Tempted to make a wild turtle your pet? Don't be a poacher!

    Tempted to release your pet shop turtle into the wild? Be considerate; don't do it!

    Afraid of snapping turtles? There's no need to fear!

    Interested in making a difference for Quebec's turtles? Help ensure their survival!

    A turtle on the side of the road? Be on the lookout!

    Found an injured turtle? Be kind, and help it out!

    In the water, turtles often collide with motor boats. Sometimes, they even nibble at the bait on a fishing line. Keep an eye out!

    Interested in turtle observation? Become an expert!

    Did you know that there are many turtles native to Quebec? They're not only in warmer climates!

    A turtle as a pet ? It's perhaps not the best idea…

    Are predators feasting on turtle eggs laid on your property? Plan ahead to prevent it.

    You already take good care of your property. Why not increase its wildlife value too?

  • 2013 is the year of the snake!
    June species profile: Eastern Hog-nosed Snake.
    Year of the snake

  • 2013 is the year of the snake!
    May species profile: Eastern Ribbonsnake.
    Year of the snake

  • 2013 is the year of the snake!
    April species profile: Prairie Rattlesnake.
    Year of the snake

  • Reptile and Amphibian Training Workshops
    Learn about: biology and behaviour, identification of species and their habitat, survey techniques. Check out the poster here.

  • 2013 is the year of the snake!
    March species profile: blue racer.
    Year of the snake

  • FrogLog is Looking for Articles

    I would like to start by saying thank you to those who have been actively encouraging their members to send in articles and abstracts for the upcoming regional edition of FrogLog which is set to publish in April.

    We have already received some fantastic content including:

    1. Wetlands restoration: crafting successful messages for the public
    2. Salamander watches and tunnels
    3. Field courses on amphibian conservation in Peru
    4. Ecosystem services provided by Neotropical amphibians and reptiles
    5. The spatial configuration of Priority Conservation Areas for amphibians and reptiles

    We have a lot of contributions coming in from North America at this point, but we would also love to hear from some of the other regions/countries where successful conservation project are taking place, such as Central America, South America and The Caribbean.

    As you may recall, we are interested in focusing on promoting successful projects that demonstrate how to protect or boost wild amphibian populations by intervening to restore natural processes and/or mitigate threats. It could be anything from protecting, restoring or creating habitat to captive breeding and releases, as well as the implementation of conservation education and awareness programs.

    We know that there are a lot of great stories on the ground in these areas and this your chance to feature some of the fantastic work being done in that part of the world. We look forward to hearing about them and providing them with some additional exposure via FrogLog.

    Authors can take a look at previous editions of FrogLog to get a sense of the publication style here:

    The deadline to submit articles for this edition is March 1, 2013. General information for authors submitting to FrogLog can be found here:

    If there are any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time. Thank you once again and I look forward to hearing from you and your members.



    *Candace M Hansen*
    Program Officer, IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
    Email: [email protected]
    Skype: candacemhansen | Tel: +1 (289) 339-0768

    "Promoting Conservation, Research and Education for the World's Amphibians"

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  • Request for Egg Photos.
    My name is Saachi and I work for Bob Johnson (Curator of Amphibians and Reptiles) as his assistant at the Toronto Zoo. We're currently putting together an egg identification guide for the reptiles and amphibians of Ontario. But we need your help! If you have any photos of individual eggs, egg masses, and/or nests that you would like to donate for use in the guide or on our website, we would love to see them. If you know anyone else that you think might have photos and you're able to forward me their email address, please do so. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

    Specifically, we are missing good photographs of the nests and eggs (and egg mass if applicable) of:
    Blanding's turtle
    Northern map turtle
    Midland and Western painted turtles
    Spotted turtle
    Red eared slider turtle
    Ring-necked snake
    Eastern hognosed snake
    Red spotted newt
    Eastern redback salamander
    Central Newt
    Allegheny mountain dusky salamander
    Pickerel frog
    Mink frog
    Boreal chorus frog
    Northern cricket frog

    Thanks so much for your time and consideration, Saachi Assistant to the Curator of Amphibians and Reptiles (working in partnership with the Adopt-A-Pond Programme at Toronto Zoo)

    Email: bctemp5[at]

  • Guide to Canadian snake skins
    Brian S. Gray. Guide to the Identification of the Shed Skins of the Snakes of Canada. Brian S. Gray, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA. Pp. 108. downloadable at: The Center for North American Herpetology.

  • The Narcisse Wildlife Management Area in Manitoba is Canada's newest Important Amphibian and Reptile Area

  • NEW DVD:

    FRANKE, V. and J. ANDREWS. Rattlers, Peepers and Snappers - The Amphibians and Reptiles of New England.

    For more information visit their website at

  • Press Release: Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) and the Canadian Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Network (CARCNET) are pleased to announce that RBG's Cootes Paradise, Carrolls Bay and Grindstone Valley nature sanctuaries have been designated as an Important Amphibian and Reptile Area (IMPARA) by CARCNET.

    Book Cover

    SEBURN, C.N.L. and C.A. BISHOP (editors) . Ecology, conservation and status of reptiles in Canada. Herpetological Conservation, Vol. 2.(2007)

    Please use the order form to order your copy.

  • Learn how to reduce turtle road mortality