What are we up to here?

Okay, so what is a "herp"? Herpetofauna is a collective name for amphibians and reptiles, and herp is an abbreviation of herpetofauna!

This site is an extension of Bruce Kingsbury's research program at Indiana - Purdue University Fort Wayne. It used to be the site for the "Herp Center", the Center for Reptile and Amphibian Conservation and Management, which has now expanded to become the Environmental Resources Center.The intention here will be to continue to promote the understanding and conservation of reptiles and amphibians of Indiana and beyond through research, education and outreach. And the name "Herp Center" will likely still surface now and then...


The second edition of the Habitat Management Guidelines for Reptiles and Amphibians of the Midwest is printed and available! See the HMG page for more information. Very informative, and very pretty.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

We encourage you to use our contact information (left), ask us questions, and send us photos to identify herps. We do get certain questions on a regular basis, however, such as "Did I just see a Cottonmouth (probably not!)?" For those we have created a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page. Please consider visiting it first before shooting us your questions - the answer might already be there!