Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Californians and/or Herp fanciers: advice?

My 16-year-old nephew is becomming an avid amateur herpetologist (a.k.a. snake freak). That's his hand holding the Nerodia in the previous post. He lives in northern California (SF Bay area). Anyone know any contacts for clubs, societies, etc. in that area that have things like field trips and what not?


At 6:20 PM, Blogger Paul Krusling said...

Bill, I also was/am a herp geek. Have your nephew begin his search here.

I found this site on the net, the Bay Area Amphibian and Reptile Society “BAARS is an educational and conservational group of amateur,and professional herpetologists who want to share their knowledge, enthusiasm, and friendship with others interested in these fascinating creatures.”

Also, have your nephew check out the CNAH website, , the Center for North American Herpetology, which is led by Joseph T. Collins, who has spent his lifetime generating interest in and making herpetology popular and accessible. Make sure your nephew also gets his hands on the latest Peterson Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern and Central North America , by Roger Conant and Joseph T. Collins.

Hope this helps,


At 12:01 PM, Blogger Bill Pulliam said...

Thanks for the contacts, I'll pass them along.

Unfortunately for him, the new Peterson herp guides have range maps that use colors to indicate the ranges of different forms, rather than patterns as in the old guides. Since he is red-green colorblind, many of those colors are indistinguishable to him, and he has to sort through the text to find out which subspecies are in his area.


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