The Herpetological Society of Singapore is a group of herpetology enthusiasts based in Singapore. We are a group of like-minded individuals who are enthusiastic about the study and conservation of reptiles and amphibians.
Herpetological Society of Singapore was officially approved and registered as a Society on 14 February 2020.
Left: Green Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella)
by Law Ing Sind
To enhance the appreciation and respect of the Singaporean public towards the biodiversity, particularly reptiles and amphibians, of Singapore.
We strive to be a world-class herpetological society that champions ethics, rigour and outreach.
We do not believe in harming any type of animals (or humans for that matter). Our first priority will always be the safety of the animal and of the people around it. It is important to ensure that our interactions with these animals minimize our impact on them. As such, we stick to some guidelines, to ensure the herps we encounter are treated with the respect they deserve.
In these fast-paced times, scientific discoveries are happening every day. It is important for a science-based group like ours to be up-to-date with all these developments. We aim to be rigorous in our research and accurate in our communications. We will also provide citation of primary sources wherever necessary and possible. If there is something we have said that you believe might be inaccurate, send us an email at email@example.com!
We are not an exclusive group. Anyone can appreciate reptiles and amphibians. That is why outreach is a big part of who we are. We want to make the natural world accessible to the public in a safe manner. We engage in outreach efforts, both online and offline. In addition, we also hope to empower fellow herp-lovers to share their love and experiences with the world!
We highly encourage fellow enthusiasts to express themselves and to speak up about issues they feel strongly about. If you want to contribute to the blog, please do write in to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Ethics in Herping
Herpetology is the study of reptiles and amphibians. The act of looking for these reptiles and amphibians is called ‘herping’. In the process of searching for these creatures, a photographer or an enthusiast may face several moral and ethical dilemmas. Before undertaking nature photography, one must understand the importance of conserving and protecting the welfare of the animals that are being photographed and that no harm comes to them.