The Arizona Chapter/NAFHA includes the entire state of Arizona, about 114,000 sq. mi. It is the sixth largest state in the U. S. and contains an amazing array of differing habitats. The population is only about 6.5 million, and most live in the larger cities, so there is plenty of open space. Only about 15% of the land is privately owned and the rest is public lands and Native American Reservations. Less than 1/2 of one percent of Arizona is covered with water, the most important areas of which are the Colorado and Gila River systems. Arizona's highest point is Humphrey's Peak at 12,637 ft. near Flagstaff and its lowest point is the Colorado River at 70 ft. near the Gulf of California. There are many habitats defined by elevation and climate in between. The three largest physiographic regions in AZ are the Colorado Plateau, the Transition Zone, and the Basin and Range. Parts of four different deserts also are in AZ, the Sonoran, Painted, Mojave, and Chihuahuan. The state tends to be arid to semi-arid in most areas, but moister in the cooler or high elevation areas, and temperatures are extremely variable due to the elevation differences and vastness of the state.
Because of the great variety in habitats and climate, Arizona has one the most diverse herpetofaunas in the entire country. Herpetologists from all over the world come to AZ to take in the scenery and experience the herps in the wild. Some of the herps are legendary, such as the desert tortoise, the gila monster, and the western diamondback rattlesnake. AZ actually has thirteen species of rattlesnakes, by far the most of any state. Arizona is a magnet for folks who want to explore the great outdoors and herps of our state. For this and other reasons our chapter tries to sample different areas of the state, educate its members, and work towards conserving the natural habitat and herpetofauna residing here.
At this time the AZ Chapter is more than two years old and growing. We have an active forum where members can meet, take care of NAFHA business, and have discussions. We have yearly field trips to do research and have chapter meetings. We also participate in local conservation and education projects. Adding to the H.E.R.P. database is one of our main objectives. We also hope to add many new members from around the country this year, so let us know if you're interested.
President: Dave Weber
Vice president: Brian Hubbs
Conservation Officer: Dave Weber
Education Specialist: Terry Cox
Secretary: Terry Cox
International Board: Dave Weber and Terry Cox