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Rufous Foam-Nest Tree Frog. Credit: brian.gratwicke It ain’t easy being green. Sadly, frogs and other amphibians are facing unprecedented population declines, and local extinctions, on a global scale. These precipitous... 

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H.S.I Science Officer JP Dunbar underwent the gruelling ‘Hell and Back Titan’ course at Killrudery, Co. Wicklow on 13th September. His efforts were be in aid of supporting a new ‘Venomous Snake Bite Survey... 

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Deadly Chytrid Fungus Not Detected in Irish Amph...

A survey of Ireland’s native amphibians has not detected the presence of the fatal chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis). The results of this study, undertaken by the... More »

Snakebite Fundraising...

H.S.I Science Officer JP Dunbar underwent the gruelling ‘Hell and Back Titan’ course at Killrudery, Co. Wicklow on 13th September. His efforts were be in aid of supporting... More »

H.S.I, Citizen Science and a UNESCO Biosphere Re...

  The H.S.I feature in the latest (June 2014) issue of FrogLog, the newsletter of the IUCN Amphibian Specialist Group. The article details our work on North Bull Island, UNESCO... More »

Release Concerning Alleged Fatal Spider Bite...

  Latrodectus hasseltii Credit: Toby Hudson   A story was published in The Sun newspaper today, suggesting that the death of a man in Cork may be the result of a spider bite... More »

Progress In The Fight Against Frog-Killing Chytr...

Rufous Foam-Nest Tree Frog. Credit: brian.gratwicke It ain’t easy being green. Sadly, frogs and other amphibians are facing unprecedented population declines, and local extinctions,... More »

Upcoming Events: Bealtaine Festival of Outdoor S...

The 10th Bealtaine Festival of Outdoor Science will take place  from 18th – 25th May 2014 and will include  International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22nd- this year’s... More »

Alert: Mass Mortality of Frogs Recorded in Kilda...

 Warning! This post contains images which some readers may find distressing.   Alert: Mass Mortality of Frogs Recorded in Kildare Pond On the 24th of February 2014, The Herpetological... More »

Emerald Tree Boa – Species in Focus...

Corallus caninus. Credit: Emma Lawlor Name: Emerald Tree Boa (Corallus caninus) Range: Northern rainforests of South America. Diet: Primarily mammals, but also birds. Juveniles are... More »

Fire Salamander-Species in Focus...

Fire Salamander. Credit: Rob Gandola Name: Fire Salamander (Salamandra salamandra) Range: Throughout Central and Southern Europe. Habitat is typically upland deciduous forests. Diet:... More »

Interview: Deadly Chytid Fungus...

Earlier this month, research was published regarding the status of chytrid fungus in Ireland (read about it here; research that had not been carried out previously, despite the presence... More »

April Pools: Searching For Frogs in Late Spring...

A chilly April morning didn’t bode well for herp-hunting, but the day was too inviting to not give it a go. We rose at 7. Well, that is to say, my companion for the day rose... More »

The HSI at Dublin Comic Con...

  Join the HSI at the upcoming Comic Con, the 10th and 11th of August 2013, at Swords Dublin. Herpetofauna (e.g. reptiles and amphibians) and invertebrates have often been used... More »

Tetrapod Trackway: The Path Of Our Ancestors....

One of the (very) few signs leading to the Tetrapod Trackway. If you’re a fan of reptiles and amphibians, you can’t be blamed for begrudging Ireland’s sorry lack of... More »