NZHS - New Zealand Herpetological Society

The New Zealand Herpetological Society Incorporated (NZHS) was created in 1969 by members of the public with a shared interest in NZ and exotic herpetofauna. The objectives of the society are:

  • To promote awareness and interest in amphibians and reptiles and their conservation;
  • To encourage the study of New Zealand's own species;
  • To encourage the captive keeping and breeding of New Zealand herpetofauna;
  • To supply information and support to members holding such exotic reptiles and amphibians as may be legally kept in New Zealand.

The Society endeavors to cater for all levels of interest in herpetology, from the school pupil who finds that lizards and frogs make interesting pets, to the person engaged in serious scientific study or captive breeding programmes. The majority of members keep and breed native geckos and skinks in captivity, or are engaged in the field study of these animals. Other members have an interest in keeping exotic species such as tortoises, terrapins, frogs and axolotls.

Reptiles and Amphibians of New Zealand: A Field Guide

Published on: Fri, 14/09/2018 - 11:57

Fantastic to see new content published on New Zealand's incredible Herpetofauna! A mammoth effort from past Editor of the NZHS; Dylan Van Winkel , Marleen Baling and Rod Hitchmough. Get your copy pre-ordered now!! To be published in Nov 2018. More details and presale of book at:…/reptiles-and-amphibians-o…

Marlborough green gecko stolen from Fiordland Visitor Centre

Published on: Thu, 20/07/2017 - 17:19

A Marlborough (or manuka) green gecko (Naultinus manukanus) was stolen from the Fiordland Visitor Centre sometime between the 16th and 19th of July.  Graham has been a long time resident at the visitor centre having lived in the same terrarium for 30 years.

The stolen gecko has a distinctive grey marking on his head. Anyone with information about the missing gecko should contact Te Anau police or the Te Anau Doc office: (03) 249-0200.