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Since it’s formation in 2009, the Herpetological Society of Ireland has worked non-stop to fulfill it’s mission statement; working to “… advance, and promote, awareness and understanding of herpetofauna... 

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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 »

How Tabloids Hurt Wildlife…And You....

Credit: Daniel Novta “If people in the media cannot decide whether they are in the business of reporting news or manufacturing propaganda, it is all the more important that the... More »

2014: A Busy Year For The Herpetological Society...

Since it’s formation in 2009, the Herpetological Society of Ireland has worked non-stop to fulfill it’s mission statement; working to “… advance, and promote,... 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 »