Curl snake photographed at Withcelina SA by Aaron Fenner
Christmas picnic and walk 2017 at Sturt Gorge CP
Red-barred Dragon from the Whitchelina 2011. Photo taken Christopher Seidel
Curl snake photographed at Withcelina SA by Aaron Fenner
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.
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.
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.
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).
Meetings & Events
Report a Reptile Sighting
Celebrating 50 years 1971 - 2021
2022 MEETINGS & EVENTS
Please Note: General meetings will now be held on Wednesday evenings (3rd Wednesday of the month 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. Meetings will commence at 7.30pm.
Wednesday 20th at 7.30pm General meeting at The Box Factory
Zoe Bowen - Fauna of the Innamincka Region and the Cooper Creek.
Tanya Milne - Benefits to frogs and reptiles from the installation of low flow devices on dams in catchments in eastern Mt Lofty Ranges.
Further details here
Wednesday 17th at 7.30pm General meeting and AGM at The Box Factory
Chris Wulczynski and Max Tibby - Reptiles of Darwin.
Wednesday 21st at 7.30pm General meeting at The Box Factory
Guest Speaker - Jeff Whittaker - Turtle conservation
Saturday 1st to Monday 3rd (Labour Day long weekend) Munyeroo and Ironstone Hill Conservation Parks - Fauna survey
Details to follow
Sunday 27th from 12.30pm Christmas Picnic
Location - TBA
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:
- 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 - firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Adrian Uren - email@example.com 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?
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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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
Find out more at https://www.discoverycircle.org.au/resources/
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
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 TurtleSat.org.au and see how you can help contribute to monitoring and protecting turtles.
The following information may also be of interest:
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.