Madison Area Herpetological Society

A herpetological society educates enthusiasts and the general public about frequently misunderstood reptiles and amphibians.  It is a great source for people to exchange knowledge, from amateur hobbyist to experts.  It also gives a community a basis for expertise on issues dealing with local laws, ordinances, and conservation.



Each month we hold a two hour meeting.  Each meeting consists of an hour of current events and updates within MAHS and an open discussion topic.  Topics range from “Proper Cleaning Procedures” to “Current Public Events.”  During the second hour we have a guest speaker come and give a presentation.  We have had world class breeders talk about species they work with, veterinarians speak about common illnesses, and hobbyists show how to build custom planted vivariums.

Each year we take an outing or two to go field herping.  We hike known places in the area where we can find wild species of reptiles and amphibians.  We also will do outings to breeder’s facilities and open houses.  At the end of the year we hold a potluck to celebrate the holidays and celebrate another year of growth!


As a group of educated reptile enthusiasts and a community of keepers, it is important for us to stay aware of the laws and ordinances made in our cities and towns.  We will help to educate city boards and influence the decisions and laws made on keeping these animals.

Lastly, Education is one of the most important things we do.  As an organization our goal is to educate.  Our meetings and speakers all come to speak on proper care for these animals.  We also hold presentations for schools and local organizations.  It is important to keeping our hobby alive and safe to educate current and future reptile keepers.

For more information on any subject, browse the website or attend a meeting.  All are welcome, and we look forward to having you as part of our community!

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