The Long Island Herpetological Society, Inc. ( LIHS, Inc. ) is a New York State registered, not-for-profit organization formed in 1987 to educate the members of the organization and the public with respect to the conservation, ecological role and captive care of reptiles and amphibians. This encompasses all aspects of herpetology. The membership is composed primarily of hobbyists; however amongst our many members are some of the finest herpetologists, herp veterinarians, professional reptile breeders, active conservationists and biological researchers.
The LIHS advocates the sale, trade, and ownership of captive bred & born reptilian & amphibian companion pets. Members generally may bring their pets to all meeting and venues, provided that such animals are adequately housed, legal, not endangered ( unless proper legal permits are displayed and permission is granted by the LIHS Executive board ), and not venomous ( venomous Reptiles are illegal to own in New York State ). Members of the LIHS are currently engaged in the breeding of numerous species, including Rat snakes, rare Boas and Pythons, Corn snakes, Kingsnakes, Milk snakes, exotic geckos, turtles, tortoises, and Bearded Dragons. The LIHS runs an Annual REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN SHOW. The show, scheduled for early fall, is an incredible opportunity to see many beautiful species of reptiles and amphibians, which otherwise might only be viewed on television, in books, zoos or in Specialty Reptile shops. The show is open to the public.
The LIHS has been featured on local and national television shows including; Long Islands' Cablevision 12 show, "THE FAMILY PET" with Dr. Jonathan Greenfield, "LIVE - Regis & Kathie Lee" and "Today in New York". We have also been featured in the NY Times, NY Newsday, and the NY Daily News. The LIHS often conducts public displays for the Cub/Boy/Girl Scouts, local schools, N.Y. State and other institutions ( time and weather permitting ). The LIHS is one of the largest herp societies in the tri-state area. Swap meets are often held at each meeting, so members can often purchase or trade captive bred herps. Captive bred animals are always a plus, as it ensures that you are buying a quality animal, and not removing an animal from the wild. Even though wild-collected reptiles are still being offered in the hobby, we truly believe that a captive bred and raised animal makes a superior pet.
Membership in the LIHS is a bargain. Where else can you get years worth of education and fun for only $35.00? This price is either for an individual or a family - a further bargain. What exactly do you get for your $35.00?
( A ) Meetings - the Long Island Herpetological Society meets once a month from September to June. Our meetings are "OPEN" to the public, so bring your friends ( perhaps, a new member ). At each meeting there is generally a guest speaker, a raffle, and often a swap meet. Speakers in the past have included, Dr. Scott Weinstein - Are all snakes venomous?; Exotic Animal Practitioners, Dr. Heidi Hoefer, DVM, and Dr. Robert Monaco, DVM; Bill and Kathy Love, reptile breeders/eco-tour guides ( Blue Chameleon Ventures ); Dr. Janis Roze - the leading authority on Coral snakes and Arrau river turtles; Bert Langerwerf, Agamid International; Dr. Russell Burke, Hofstra University ( Diamondback Terrapin and Gopher Tortoise studies ): as well as representatives from the Department of U.S. Fish & Wildlife and the N.Y. State D.E.C.
Meeting Dates, Times & Locations: Most meetings are held at Farmingdale University which is centrally located on Long Island. For up-coming meeting dates or directions to our "OPEN to the Public" monthly meetings check our website < www.LIHS.org >. Meetings are generally held on Sunday afternoons from 1:00-4:00 PM. There is always plenty of "Free Parking".
( B ) Herpetofauna Journal - you will also receive the LIHS Herpetofauna Journal as published throughout the year as part of your membership. As of 2008, we will be transmitting the journal electronically. For those of you who do not have access to the internet or a computer, we can make special arrangements. The journal contains husbandry articles, stories, tips, and cartoons all pertaining to the care and well being of your reptiles and amphibians. The journal also contains a classified ad section which is free to members. Members are encouraged to submit articles, short stories, tips, newspaper & magazine articles, drawings, cartoons, and any other items of herpetological nature ( they need not be of a scientific nature ). Future meeting dates, speakers and upcoming events are all announced in the journal.
( C ) Field Trips and Additional Benefits - Field trips may be planned during the year. These trips are exclusively for "members only". These trips are for viewing animals in nature only. There is always "Plenty of free knowledge" to be had, as there is almost always someone at the meetings or field trip that can help out with identifying our local fauna.
The LIHS also can refer members to Veterinarians who treat exotics (not all " VETS " do this). We are constantly updating this "Vet Directory" so that all areas of Long Island and the Tri-State area may be covered. Members (only) may participate in swap meets and are admitted to the annual show at a reduced cost. Books and husbandry equipment may also be available to LIHS members at a "Special" rate.