Frequently Asked Questions

What is NAFHA?

NAFHA is the North American Field Herping Association. Our goal is to unite amateur/private herpetologists and professional herpetologists in the collection of data with the goal of conserving North American herpetofauna, with a greater goal of species management. A highlight of this group is to provide state and national game agencies and other researchers with sufficient data to assist in the development of more educated decisions on how to better manage reptile and amphibian populations.

How do I join NAFHA?

Anyone 18 years of age and older may join by going to, agreeing with the NAFHA bylaws and registering.

Is there a membership fee required to join NAFHA?

No, there is no membership fee required at this time.

What is the purpose of the NAFHA Chapters?

NAFHA Chapters are geographical subgroups that serve as the regional educational and recreational units of NAFHA. Chapters independently elect their own officers, hold meetings, host speakers, organize field outings, educate the public about native herpetofauna and assist researchers in the field. Each chapter has its own forum located at to organize local projects, meetings and outings, and relate information about their chapter.

What is HERP?

HERP is the Herpetological Education and Research Project. The project is an effort by NAFHA to bring together amateurs and professionals to collect data on North America's herpetofauna.

Is my data protected and who can view it online?

The data is managed by our database coordinator, Donald Becker. The data is backed up on a weekly basis. Donald Becker (aka "psyon") is the only person who can view all of the data, besides the individual submitting the data. Data can only be viewed down to county level; no specific locales can be viewed by others online or elsewhere.

How do the agencies and researchers see my data?

A request from the interested party is sent via the chapter who receives the request or it may be posted at the NAFHA forum. This request is then posted for all members to vote on whether the interested party receives the data (read the bylaws for specifics).

How many pictures are required for a record?

The short answer: just one. The long answer: as many as are needed to help confirm the ID of the animal. Pictures of key characteristics, such as anal plates, costal grooves, or labial scales, may be needed for certain species of animals.

If I find multiple species at a single location (under the same cover), should a record be created for each one?


If I find multiple species at different places at a single locale (ex. a green snake at the north end of snake road, and another mid way down), should a record be created for each?


Should dead animals and DOR (Dead On Road) animals be recorded?

Yes. Even though the animal is dead, its record is valuable in research.