Suta suta
Suta suta

Curl snake photographed at Withcelina SA by Aaron Fenner

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Christmas picnic
Christmas picnic

Christmas picnic and walk 2017 at Sturt Gorge CP

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Ctenophorus vadnappa
Ctenophorus vadnappa

Red-barred Dragon from the Whitchelina 2011. Photo taken Christopher Seidel

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Suta suta
Suta suta

Curl snake photographed at Withcelina SA by Aaron Fenner

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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 and encouraging affiliation with similar groups.


Come along to our monthly meetings, Easter and October long weekend surveys, be involved in conservation projects, and get involved in bushwalks and christmas BBQs.


Become a 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. Come along to our monthly meetings and listen to our knowledgeable guest speakers on a wide variety of subjects including reptile biology and keeping.

Become a member today.

Meetings & Events

Celebrating 50 years 1971 - 2021

2021-22 Memberships now due (link to new membership form here)



Please Note: We have a new general meeting venue and day . General meetings will now be held on Thursday evenings 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. Meetings will commence at 7.30pm.



Sunday 28th 50 year Celebrations and Christmas Picnic - Oaklands Wetlands - 12.30pm

Open invitation to all current and past SAHG members, family and friends to join us in celebrating 50 years of herping in SA. We would love you to bring along and share your stories, memories, photos and other memorabilia from SAHG field trips, meetings and events. 


No meetings


Events in 2022 will include:

  • Brookfield CP and Murrundie Reserve survey

  • Ironstone Hill & Munyeroo CP

  • Afternoon walks around the greater Adelaide region

  • General meetings with guest speakers

More details to come......


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 -

- Adrian Uren - or 

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

Snakes in Yards

Spotted 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. 

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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) 


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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.


Murray River Turtles in Decline

Recently Prof Mike Thompson spoke to SAHG about the Turtles of the Murray River. 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 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 30 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.