The University of Florida is proud to host the 41st Annual Herpetology Conference.

This year the conference will be held on Saturday March 24th, 2018 and Sunday March 25th, 2018.

For two to three days in spring each year people converge in Gainesville, Florida to participate in The Herpetology Conference, the longest running regional herp symposium in the country. The Florida Museum of Natural History's Division of Herpetology convened the first conference in 1976 and has hosted every conference held since then. The gathering brings together amateur and professional herpetologists for talks, workshops, sharing of information, and exhibits of books, art, paraphernalia, and information. The conference also gives students and literature collectors the opportunity to bid on herp reprints and books.


Abstracts for posters and presentations are due February 26th, 2018.

This is a great opportunity for anyone, including undergraduate students, who would like to present at a smaller, more relaxed conference. We are open to abstracts from all aspects of herpetology, including original research, in the topics of conservation, natural history, ecology, evolution, phylogeny, education, citizen science, husbandry, physiology, and veterinary medicine.

There will be monetary awards for best presentation in three categories: general, student, and poster.

Keynote for 41st Annual Herpetology Conference

Our Keynote for Saturday:

Chris Jenkins

'A Science-Based Conservation Partnership to Save the Emperor of the Forest’ 


Our Keynote for Sunday:

Dale DeNardo

'Survival in the Sonoran Desert: a Gila Monster’s Perspective'



Florida Museum of Natural History Bulletin

Contributions from the 40th Herpetology Conference have been published under Volume 54 of the Bulletin. If you are interested in reading these abstracts please feel free to click on the "Publication List" link below. Once on the website please proceed to scroll down to 'Volume 54'. Each abstract is listed and can be accessed in pdf form.

Bulletin Publication List

Speakers for 41st Annual Herpetology Conference

Joseph Gennaro - "The Evolution and Use of the Modern Antivenom"

Robert V. Stirm - "Quantification of Cuban vs. Native Treefrog Species in the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge"

Tony Daly-Crews - "Conserving Rattlesnakes: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly"









For additional information, please contact:

Dr. Max Nickerson: maxn@flmnh.ufl.edu

Miss Dhanya Nair: dnair@flmnh.ufl.edu

Mailing Address:

University of Florida

Florida Museum of Natural History

238A Dickinson Hall

Gainesville, FL 32611-7800