The Southeastern Hot Herp Society
The Southeastern Hot Herp Society is a non profit organization dedicated to venomous reptile conservation through education. The society was formed in September 1998 as a response to the lack of an official body specifically for venomous reptile keepers, and due to an ever present apathy toward venomous reptile conservation. The society is primarily composed of venomous reptile keepers and is based in the southeastern United States.
Our Mission Statement
The main goals of the Southeastern Hot Herp Society are:
1. To provide a forum for the information exchange on the ecology, natural history and behavior of venomous reptiles.
2. To promote conservation and protection of venomous reptiles.
3. To encourage responsible animal husbandry by venomous reptile keepers.
4. To educate the general public to the benefits of venomous reptiles in nature.
5. To serve as a clearinghouse of information on venomous reptiles.
Our Position On The Pet Trade
Although the SHHS condones the selling and trading of live animals, we do not support the exploitative, or illegal trade of reptiles and amphibians. Summarily, the conservation of wild populations AND a sustainable, responsible pet trade is what the SHHS represents. Commercial interests who wish to join the SHHS must agree to abide by this philosophy.
In the center of our logo is a Canebrake rattlesnake, a coastal plains form of the Timber rattlesnake. Rather than the typical coiled defensive pose, this particular view was chosen to promote a more positive image. In the center are the crossed tools of amateur and professional herpetologists: a hook and tongs. This represents responsible handling.
The Southeastern Hot Herp Society in no way encourages anyone to keep venomous reptiles. Venomous reptiles are inherently dangerous and a bite / envenomation can lead to permanent injury or death. If a person keeps venomous reptiles or is planning to keep venomous reptiles, the Southeastern Hot Herp Society feels that it is that person's right to do so, as long as they accept the responsibility that comes with it. This includes responsibility for their own safety as well as the safety of others around them.