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    that are our focus Need to identify a snake you ve seen Click here for a guide to identifying venomous snakes of north Texas The Texas rat snake Pantherophis obsoletus is one of the more common large snakes in north Texas It is a harmless snake that grows to about four to six feet in length and the record length is a little over 7 feet Because these snakes are

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  • About DFWHS
    herps either keeping and breeding them or seeing them in the wild Our society provides a number of services for members and for the community Speakers at DFWHS meetings provide informative programs and we network together to exchange experiences or get together for field trips We provide educational events for the community in conjunction with museums and nature centers The society has helped survey the herps found in two DFW area nature centers We regularly go on field trips to various places in Texas photographing and documenting reptiles and amphibians and sharing the data with universities Texas Parks Wildlife Department the National Park Service etc Our newsletter now a quarterly journal the Cross Timbers Herpetologist is widely praised for its original articles and photos Part of a DFWHS education display The first annual Reptile Amphibian Day was provided by DFWHS on 10 13 12 The society was formed at the beginning of the year 2000 and has been continuously active since that time As an all volunteer society members are our strength donating countless hours of work toward education conservation and enjoyment of reptiles and amphibians Contact the society by email at contact dfwherp org Our phone number enables you

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  • Meetings
    Dr The DFWHS meets on the third Saturday of each month except in December when the meeting is on the second Saturday The meeting begins at 7 00pm though members can arrive a little early to talk or get acquainted The program generally lasts until about 8 30pm At the end we generally adjourn to a place to eat and talk further Meetings occur at the University of Texas at Arlington in the Life Sciences building see maps below Enter through the doors in the breezeway and the meeting room is on the ground floor and is clearly marked UTA is located in central Arlington on North Cooper Street north of I 20 and south of I 30 There are exits from both of those Interstates for Cooper Street The Life Sciences building is on the south edge of the campus From Cooper Street at the south end of the university turn east on Mitchell and then north on West Street and enter the parking lot on your left Park in the lot across the street from the building Once you are there enter the west building the one closest to Cooper Street There are entrances in the breezeway between

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  • Membership
    includes receiving our e journal the Cross Timbers Herpetologist and opportunity to participate in meetings run for office and go with us on field trips Members are also encouraged to subscribe to our email group at Yahoo Groups which is a great way to stay in touch Initial membership which covers family members living in the household is 25 for the first year After that renewal is only 15 per year Click the link below to complete our membership form or print out the PDF version then send payment via Paypal or mail a check Thanks Fill out the online form Download and print the PDF Make your check payable to DFW Herpetological Society and mail to P O Box 151721 Arlington TX 76015 Date Your Name Names of others in household to be included as members Your Street Address City State Zip Code Your Phone Number Email Address New member 25 RENEWAL 15 Interests Field Herpetology Natural History Herpetoculture Keeping breeding Conservation Snakes Lizards Turtles Crocodilians Frogs Toads Salamanders Caecilians Where did you hear about us Someone told me about DFWHS Internet Saw a copy of the newsletter Attended a NON DFWHS presentation Other Attended event where DFWHS was

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  • Publications
    with photos and natural history of species such as the Fly River turtle Texas indigo snake Mexican beaded lizard Pickerel frog Gharial and many others Articles on herpetoculture have addressed issues such as mite treatment substrates to use in caging and other topics Several of our members have written about trips to the Big Bend Big Thicket tropical Mexico and Central America See for yourself Click the image at right

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  • In The Field
    share it with others on our website We are proud to have members like her and we re sure she has a great future as a field herper Michael Smith 2012 Field Trip Director My First Herping Trip By Emily Raju My first herping trip was an awesome experience We found many cute and slithery creatures Our group included me my dad Michael Smith Mark and Jennifer Pyle and their daughters Amber and Emily We started off by going to the Boardwalk where we saw noisy but cute green tree frogs We could barely hear each other over the wonk wonk wonk sounds of their mating calls While we were there we also saw many large birds and spotted gar We then went to a trail through the bottomland forest We found several leopard frogs and we also found turtle nests where raccoons must have eaten the eggs Shortly afterwards the girls came upon our first snake a young Texas brown snake It was beautiful and so tiny The number of weaving spiders that we encountered was unbelievable Every few steps we took we would have to dodge another web While on that particular trail we saw thousands of little lightning bugs It had a magical glow to it We stood there in the moonlight staring in wonder We then turned on our lights and went back to search for snakes Then we went to the Cross Timbers trail where we were trying to find an alligator in or near the channel that runs along the levee We didn t find any alligators but we did find a Texas rat snake We stopped for a few minutes and took pictures of the beautiful animal On the way back to our trucks we spotted another snake a diamondback water snake high

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  • Education
    photo presentations to a wide variety of groups To request our participation in an educational event please send an email to education dfwherp org Snakes of Tarrant County At the Fort Worth Nature Center Refuge For many years the Fort Worth Nature Center Refuge has had a display of reptiles and amphibians over the Memorial Day weekend Thousands of people have learned about snakes and other herps and had a chance to have questions answered at this event in which DFWHS members provide examples of all or virtually all of the snake species in our area in addition to other herp species This year that tradition continued Many people visited our exhibits and talked with our knowledgeable members Education Reptile Amphibian Day On October 13 2012 the DFWHS provided an event for the public that will become a regular event though this event will not be held in 2013 Last year Reptile Amphibian Day was held at UTA and featured displays of a great many live reptiles and amphibians from all over the world Speakers provided several talks on topics ranging from herps of north Texas to herpetological research at UTA to the problem of rattlesnake roundups The event included

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  • Links
    Gulf Coast Turtle Tortoise Society http www gctts org Society for the Study of Amphibians Reptiles SSAR http www ssarherps org SSAR Scientific Standard English Names http www ssarherps org pages comm names Index php Center for North American Herpetology CNAH http www cnah org Partners in Amphibian Reptile Conservation PARC http www parcplace org Turtle Survival Alliance http www turtlesurvival org Horned Lizard Conservation Society http www hornedlizards org

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