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:

Colin Thomas Strine

'Return of The King: Spatial Ecology and Conservation of King Cobras in Northeast Thailand'


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"

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

Hunter J. Howell - "Monitoring the Thirty-year Decline of a Freshwater Turtle in Protected Habitat"

Ivana Lezcano - "Steroid Hormone Cycles Indicate a Shift in Reproductive Patterns of Gopher Tortoises in the Southern Portion of their Range"

Caitlin C. Mothes - "Evaluating Maxent's Ability to Accurately Predict Biotic Invasions Using South Florida's Exotic Lizard Community"

Stephanie L. Clements - "Non-Native Species Dominate Herpetofaunal Community Composition in Both Native and Non-Native Habitat Patches in Miami-Dade County"

Frank J. Mazzotti - "Everglades Invasive Reptile & Amphibian Monitoring Program (EIRAMP)"

Harvey Lillywhite - "Seasonal Drinking in Pelagic Sea Snakes"

Paul Moler - "Travelogue: Amphibian and Reptile Surveys in Vietnam"

Florence Wen - "Investigating Effectiveness of Strategies in Mitigating Potential Climate Change Effects on Sea Turtles Nests at Playa Ostional, Costa Rica"

Kevin Enge - "Current Florida Wildlife Commission Herpetological Studies"

Sarah K. Cooke - "Surveillance of Argentine Black and White Tegus in Miami-Dade County, Florida"

Max Nickerson and Joseph Mitchell - "Upper Mississippi Embayment Turtle Populations in a Remnant Wetland"

Amber L. Pitt - "Invasive Rusty Crayfish can Serve as Prey of Eastern Hellbenders"

Kristen Sardina - "Increasing Alligator Snapping Turtle Head-starting Success Through Captive Housing Enhancement"

Jordan Bestwick - "Dietary Ecology of Pterosaurs from Quantitative 3D Textural Analysis of Tooth Microwear"

Rachel Keeffe - "Characterizing Forward-Burrowing Frogs with Humerus Morphology"

Amber L. Singh - "Variation in the Bony Labyrinth of Anurans"

Jaime Barachivich - "Occupancy Modelling in Ornate Chorus Frogs"

Sara Zlotnik - "Laryngeal Feminization in Male Cane Toads from Sugarcane Fields in South Florida"

Susan C. Walls - "Head-starting as a Conservation Tool for Flatwoods Salamanders: A Multi-Stakeholder Partnership"

Jerry Johnston - "A One-time Survery is Just a Snapshot: An Example with Turtles in the Ichetucknee River in Northern Florida"

Amanda C. Hipps - "Filling in the Data Gaps: The Vertebrate and Invertebrate Gopher Tortoise Burrow Commensals in South Florida"

Ethan C. Hollender - "Aquatic Turtle Community Composition in Artificial Wetlands and Natural Oxbow Lakes in Southeastern Kansas"

Melanie Partin - "Dangers Posed to Acoustic Communicators - Do Traffic Noises Elicit Stress in Male Cope's Grey Treefrogs?"

Michiko A. Squires - "Hematology of Everglades Alligators"

Oliver Ljustina - "Using Species Traits to Predict Habitat Partitioning in a Suburban Watersnake Assemblage in Southeastern Louisiana"








For additional information, please contact:

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

Ms. Dhanya Nair: dnair@flmnh.ufl.edu

Mailing Address:

University of Florida

Florida Museum of Natural History

238A Dickinson Hall

Gainesville, FL 32611-7800