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Welcome to the web presence of the:

Philadelphia Herpetological Society
P.O. Box 52261, Philadelphia PA 19115-7261 USA

1952 - 2010 

Our 58th Year


Professor Roger Conant [ photo ] and a small group of reptile enthusiasts and herpetologists founded the Society in 1952. PHS is among the oldest herpetological societies in North America.  PHS is a IRS approved 501c3, non-profit, tax-exempt organization.

The Society owns and operates a nature preserve in Southern New Jersey for threatened and endangered reptiles and amphibians (and other wildlife/habitat.)

We welcome anyone that shares our interests and conservation goals. Our volunteers range from professional academic herpetologists to students and hobbyists interested in applied herpetology (i.e. herpetoculture.) If you live, work or visit in Southeast Pennsylvania or Southern NJ, please consider joining our group! If you would like to be a speaker or field trip guide, please contact the president. 

President and Special Publications Editor:
Mark F. Miller retype please   [photo

Vice President: 
Tim Curran [email]

Membership Secretary:
Richard Heck [email]

Newsletter Editor:
ScottTaylor [email]

  Please read our Frequently Asked Questions before writing to us.

Appointments and Committe Chairs:

Education: John File
Refreshments: Debbie Heck
Website/Listserve: Mark Miller
Publicity: Jim Carney
Speaker Search: Todd Henderson
Adoptions: Scott Taylor
Development: George Trihoulis
NJ Land Steward: Mark Miller and Harry Hance

Add the Philadelphia Herpetological Society toolbar to IE or Firefox. Once you add the Philadelphia Herpetological Society toolbar for IE or Firefox, each time you shop at one of the more than 1,300 participating stores, a percentage of what you spend will be donated to us at no extra cost to you! (you could even save money as the toolbar provides coupons and deals). The toolbar also has a search box and each time you search the Internet, about a penny is donated to us. No registration is required!

All direct contributions of $10.00 will establish an annual individual membership, subject to approval. Members receive any/all newsletters that may be published during the year, invitations to educational events, field trips and projects; and priority in adopting unwanted reptiles.

Please send your name, address, telephone, e-mail, herp interests (optional) and check or money order (payable to Phila. Herp. Society) to Membership Secretary, PHS, PO Box 52261, Phila PA 19115. The membership secretary is the authority regarding membership status.

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Open Appointments:

Web Designer (requires knowledge of CSS, Joomla, Dreamweaver, PHP, MySql, and HTML, Web 2.0)

NJ Land Steward (requires bi-monthly visits to our preserve; permitting to the public, brush clearing for parking, etc.)

Non-Profit Tax Liaison (to IRS and State of NJ) requires filing paperwork, occasional meetings.

Field Activity Coordinator

Newsletter correspondants, news reporters, contributing editors, desktop publishers.

Interested/experienced in OCR scanning? We have over 4 decades of material that could be placed online if digitalized.

Have a special skill? Suggestion? Other appointments considered! If interested in the above, please [ email ]

PHS Special Publications Online:


          Box turtle articles

Frequently requested articles from the Bulletin of the Philadelphia Herpetological Society:

Educational websites of members, speakers, and friends:

 Other local area resources of interest:
Main index site 

The Free Library of Philadelphia has hundreds of reptile and amphibian titles throughout the 55 branches. Using your library barcode online, you can now access hundreds of journals and magazines right from your home computer!

New!Search through 8 Million books and CDs at Amazon:

Here are links to some of our neighbor societies: Pittsburgh Herp Society , Tri-State Herpetological Society (Pittsburgh) , Lehigh Valley Herp , New York , Long Island , MarylandNew Northeast PA (mutual links welcome)

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