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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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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 theme is Island Biodiversity The... 

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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 »

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 »

ShutterBug: Which Camera?...

So you like taking photos of your animals, and have decided you’d like to upgrade your camera and improve on your photography…but there’s so many cameras out there, which... More »

Red Eyed Tree Frog – Species in Focus...

Agalychnis callidryas. Credit: Ian Millichip   Name: Red Eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas). Range: Widespread through Central America, South Eastern Mexico and the North West... More »

Herpetologist Profile: Anthony Rafferty...

Dr. Anthony Rafferty. Photo Credit: Bryan Tormey Anthony Rafferty is an Irish scientist based in Melbourne Australia. In the course of his career he has studied several species of... More »