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To promote the study of, interest in, and conservation of reptile and frog species. This is through regular meetings, field trips and educational displays, talks with involvement with government and non-government organisations.

Events

Come along to our regular meetings, bushwalks, cam outs and Easter and October long weekend field surveys, be involved in conservation projects, and other social events.

Membership

Become a group member and enjoy the following benefits:

- priority participation in field trips

- opportunities to photograph wildlife

- insurance coverage

- meetings & guest speakers

Also gain the ability to advertise for volunteers to help on honors and PhD projects.

Field Trips

Get involved with field trips, learn valuable practical skills in identifying and safely handling of reptiles, amphibians and more. 

MEMBERSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT - In July 2022 SAHG joined the Field Naturalists Society of South Australia (FNSSA) and formed the Reptile and Frog Group (RAF Group). SAHG will now be known as FNSSA RAF Group

To become a Member of FNSSA please complete a Membership Form or visit the FNSSA Website 

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2024 MEETINGS & EVENTS 

May 

Wednesday 15th May @ 7.30pm - FNSSA General Meeting

Location: Goodman Building, adjacent State Herbarium along Hackney Road, Adelaide. Metered parking available on Hackney Road.
Guest Speaker/Topic: Assoc. Prof. Sophie Petit (wildlife Ecology Uni SA) with input from Chloé Danis (Assoc. MSc student Uni SA & Université Jean Monnet) - First systematic survey of the bats of Kangaroo Island; project and results so far (flyer)

Thursday 23rd May @ 7.30pm - FNSSA Reptile & Frog Group General Meeting

Location: Upstairs meeting room of The Box Factory Community Center at 59 Regent Street (South), Adelaide CBD. Free street parking is available in adjacent streets, including Halifax St.
Guest Speaker/Topic: Peter Matejcic - Summary of 3 year survey of Ironstone Hill CP & Munyeroo CP (flyer)

June 

Wednesday 19th June @ 7.30pm - FNSSA General Meeting

Location: Goodman Building, adjacent State Herbarium along Hackney Road, Adelaide. Metered parking available on Hackney Road.
Guest Speaker/Topic: John Fargher, Yundi Nature Conservancy, Fleurieu Swamp Restoration Network - Experience, lessons and scaling-up of a Fleurieu swamp restoration on private land at Yundi Nature Conservancy. (flyer)

Thursday 20th June @ 7.30pm - FNSSA Reptile & Frog Group General Meeting

Location: Upstairs meeting room of The Box Factory Community Center at 59 Regent Street (South), Adelaide CBD. Free street parking is available in adjacent streets, including Halifax St.
Guest Speaker/Topic: TBA 

 

July 

Wednesday 17th July @ 7.30pm - FNSSA General Meeting

Location: Goodman Building, adjacent State Herbarium along Hackney Road, Adelaide. Metered parking available on Hackney Road. 
Guest Speaker/Topic: TBA 

Thursday 18th July @ 7.30pm - FNSSA Reptile & Frog Group General Meeting

Location: Upstairs meeting room of The Box Factory Community Center at 59 Regent Street (South), Adelaide CBD. Free street parking is available in adjacent streets, including Halifax St.
Guest Speaker/Topic: TBA 

August 

Thursday 15th August @ 7.30pm - FNSSA Reptile & Frog Group General Meeting

Location: Upstairs meeting room of The Box Factory Community Center at 59 Regent Street (South), Adelaide CBD. Free street parking is available in adjacent streets, including Halifax St.
Guest Speaker/Topic: TBA 

Wednesday 21st August @ 7.30pm - FNSSA General Meeting

Location: Goodman Building, adjacent State Herbarium along Hackney Road, Adelaide. Metered parking available on Hackney Road.
Guest Speaker/Topic: TBA 

September 

Wednesday 18th September @ 7.30pm - FNSSA General Meeting

Location: Goodman Building, adjacent State Herbarium along Hackney Road, Adelaide. Metered parking available on Hackney Road. 
Guest Speaker/Topic: TBA 

Thursday 19th September @ 7.30pm - FNSSA Reptile & Frog Group General Meeting

Location: Upstairs meeting room of The Box Factory Community Center at 59 Regent Street (South), Adelaide CBD. Free street parking is available in adjacent streets, including Halifax St.
Guest Speaker/Topic: TBA 

 

October 

Saturday 5th to Monday 7th October - Field Survey & Camp-out

Location: TBA. Details coming soon.

Trip Leaders: TBA

Wednesday 16th October @ 7.30pm - FNSSA General Meeting

Location: Goodman Building, adjacent State Herbarium along Hackney Road, Adelaide. Metered parking available on Hackney Road. 
Guest Speaker/Topic: TBA 

November 

Wednesday 20th November @ 7.30pm - FNSSA General Meeting

Location: Goodman Building, adjacent State Herbarium along Hackney Road, Adelaide. Metered parking available on Hackney Road. 
Guest Speaker/Topic: TBA 

 

December

Sunday 1st December from 12m - SAHG & FNSSA-RAF Group Christmas Picnic

Location: TBA

All present and past members, friends, family and reptile enthusiasts welcome - join us for a byo picnic and a walk around the park to spot wildlife. 

Wednesday 18th December @ 7.30pm - FNSSA General Meeting

Location: Goodman Building, adjacent State Herbarium along Hackney Road, Adelaide. Metered parking available on Hackney Road. 
Guest Speaker/Topic: TBA 

 

Note: RAF Group general meetings will be held between May and September in the upstairs meeting room of The Box Factory Community Center at 59 Regent Street (South), Adelaide CBD. Free street parking is available in adjacent streets, including Halifax St. )

Snakes in Yards

Found a Snake in Your Yard?

  • Don't panic

  • Move people and pets to a safe location

  • Keep an eye on the snake - it may just be passing through or looking for water

  • Don't attempt to scare, catch or kill the snake. Most people are bitten when doing these things. Also there are a number harmless Legless Lizards that occur in SA that have been killed as a result of mistaken identity. 

  • If you want the snake removed, call a register snake handler. 

  • Further information on dealing with snakes can be found on the DEWNR Website

Please note: Whilst several SAHG members are qualified snake handlers, SAHG does not offer snake retrieval services. 

Report a Reptile Sighting

Have you seen a reptile and need it identified or would like to see it added to the SA fauna records database?

Incidental reports of animal sightings are a valuable source of information when looking at the occurrence, distribution and conservation status of native animals and tracking pest species. If you would like to get a photograph identified or report a reptile (or any other animal) sighting, please send us an email with the following details:

- photograph

- date of sighting

- location (enable the GPS function on your smart phone or digital camera)

- any questions you may have.

Emails can be sent to:

- Peter Matejcic - pmatejci@bigpond.net.au.

- Adrian Uren - adrianuren1@gmail.com or 

SAHG can verify the sighting details and add them, on your behalf, to the state fauna records. 

Citizen Science

If you are thinking about being a Citizen Scientist there are a wide range of citizen science projects you can become involved with. There are a huge variety of projects on offer ranging from your local neighborhood to the galaxy and beyond, many of which require the simple download of a free App to your smart phone.

Current Australian Apps include:

    Atlas of Living Australia

    FrogSpotter (SA) 

    ClimateWatch

Find out more at https://www.discoverycircle.org.au/resources/

https://citizenscience.org.au/

Frogs

Frogs, Frogs, Frogs

Seen or heard any frogs recently and want to identify them, Want to know where they live? Enjoy being a Citizen Scientist?

Check out the FrogWatch website, register, download the App and start learning about our local frogs today. www.frogwatchsa.com.au

Turtles

Murray River Turtles in Decline

Unfortunately our Turtles are losing the battle against egg predation, declining water flows and development. The biggest threat to Turtles is egg predation. It is estimated that there is currently a 98% mortality rate of eggs and that foxes account for 92% of egg loss.

If you live or play on the Murray River and are keen to help our native turtles, check out TurtleSat.org.au and see how you can help contribute to monitoring and protecting turtles.

The following information may also be of interest:

- Turtles of the Murray River

- Murray River Turtle Info Pack

- How to use TurtleSAT

- Turtle nest Protection

Turtles as Pets

Thinking about getting a pet Tortoise/Turtle?

Turtles make great pets - they are quite, allergy free and like to hibernate through winter. But before you purchase that cute little hatch-ling please consider the following:

  • they are a pet for life - literally - they live a lot longer than your average dog or cat and often may need to be cared for by 2 or 3 generations of your family (our family turtle is 35 years old and is still going strong)

  • they are not fish and should not be kept in a water tank unless they have access to a basking rock out of the water 

  • as they grow their enclosure needs to grow in size with them. Outdoor enclosures with a pond, vegetation and natural sunlight are best.

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