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Default What is the International Herpetological Society (IHS)?

If you have never heard of the International Herpetological Society and wonder what it is, here is a brief introduction.

The I.H.S. was originally founded in 1969 by a very small group of reptile enthusiasts and currently caters for approximately 750 members both in the UK and overseas. There are a number of regional branches throughout the UK which all meet on a monthly basis.
Due to pressure from third parties the majority of reptile fairs have diminished dramatically. Until new legislation comes into force, the I.H.S. will in future hold breeders meetings at dates and venues to be arranged, where MEMBERS ONLY will be allowed tables to sell their surplus stock. Tables will be available for other traders to sell dry goods, equipment and food supplies. These meetings are now open to non-members of the IHS although entry to the event will be 30 minutes later than members. It is therefore in the interests of keen reptile keepers to join the society in order to 'get in early'.
Our committee is committed to the ongoing research and propagation of all reptile, amphibian and chelonian species. Only with your interest and help (by joining the society) will this work be possible. A number of our members are actively involved in Herpetology professionally and give their support to the society in numerous ways including articles for our quarterly journal 'The Herptile' and by giving of their very valuable time to provide lectures at local branch meetings.

All members are actively encouraged to write of their achievements (and failures) for publication within the society journal.

Advertise all your surplus animals, adults and hatchlings in our monthly newsletter.

Looking for that special snake or lizard use our monthly newsletter.

Visit National Reptile Breeders Meetings within the UK or alternatively visit one of the many reptile fairs in Europe including Snake Day in Holland. As in all hobbies, each and every member has their own interests. Do you have a problem breeding that snake or lizard? Come to a branch meeting and talk to our members who will be only too happy to help with constructive advice.

Some of our branches hold Spring/Summer barbeques and Christmas dinners. Come and join in the festivities.

Many of our branches run trips to places of reptilian interest, zoos, safari parks etc. Usually with a 'behind the scenes' view. Mostly at subsidised rates.

With the current problems the reptile hobby in the UK is experiencing, only with YOUR support can we hope to ensure a future for our hobby.
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