10 Gentle ‘Herp’ Rules

To observe around any kind of amphibian & reptile

“Amphibians face unprecedented threats from habitat loss, climate change, disease, and populations worldwide are disappearing. The fate of turtles, snakes, and the like (i.e., reptiles) is not much better…” How about we start noticing and caring?

‘Herping’ (*) is increasingly popular as a means of enjoying the wildlife of ponds, pools, and puddles, but we have to remember the impact this may have on their inhabitants. Respecting wildlife and habitats is the top priority for all those engaged in field herping and photography of reptiles and amphibians. Encounters with wildlife can be exhilarating but we must remember to behave mindfully. Here, we are presenting details, considerations, and requirements for when you’re out there exploring forests, ponds, and pools. Keep in mind that the general EwA Wildness Etiquette also applies to Herping.

Knowing is Caring: Learn before you go. Observe wetlands species well prepared so as to minimize your impact, to maximize both your safety and the welfare of the wildlife, as well as for the pleasure of everyone. Enjoy!

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◊ Note that this Etiquette is and will remain a work in progress. If there is anything else you would like to see added, please let us know and we’ll do our best to include it. Let’s be Earthwise Aware. Let’s enjoy and protect wildlife responsibly! Thanks for your support!

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