What are herps?
A refrence used for reptiles and amphibians.
I found a herp in my yard (in the woods). Can I keep it?
Please refer to the PA Fish and Boat Commission web site for the laws in PA regarding
I took a photo and I’m unsure what it is. Can you help?
Sure, Send us an email with the photo and we will get back to you with the possible ID.
Are all the photos on the site from PA?
Photos come from PA and surrounding states – NY, NJ, MD, OH, WV, and also IN for 2 rare species.
There is a snake in my house, what can I do?
The safest thing to do first is to properly ID the species. If you are unsure do not handle it. Safely move the species in to a bucket or other container with a broom or other long object. For the best result of survival relocate the animal with in a close distance of where it was captured.
Who is the owner?
The owner and designer of the PA HERP ID site is Jason Poston. Jason Poston is a freelance visual communications expert and photographer. When Mr. Poston is not working from his home business Spllogics Designs, in Pittsburgh, PA he is out exploring the South West portions of Pennsylvania and other states collecting data and photos of local herpetile. Mr. Poston is a field herpetologist by hobby and most of his work is revolved around his interest in reptiles and amphibians and the concern for conservation. He started the PA Herp ID project to help the public understand and be able to identify the reptiles and amphibians in their backyard and to become more knowledgeable with these animals and how to properly identify them.
What references were used for the site?
The site used a few books when gathering information on each species. You can find the reference book and pages at the bottom of each ID page. If you would like more information of these books they may be available at your local library or brought though a book store.
Do you accept donations?
Yes, we are happy to accept any donations. Donations will go towards the cost of hosting the site, the time spent working on the site and other site related expenses. You can donate by using the button located on the right sidebar.