The Southeast Chapter of the North American Field Herping Association includes, as the name would suggest, the southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. The relatively warm, temperate to subtropical climates of the Southeast, coupled with its diverse habitat, make it a Mecca for herpetological diversity.
Because of the large number of habitat situations and herp species in the southeast, any worthy description could take several pages. However, suffice it to say that in the Southeast Chapter's jurisdiction one could view nonnative pythons in Florida, see gopher frogs utilizing gopher tortoise burrows in the sandhills of southern Georgia, flip artificial cover for a plethora of species in Kentucky, turn up a red pygmy rattlesnake in North Carolina, or see an AOR EDB in ENP*. The possibilities are nearly endless, especially when it comes to the number of introduced species the Southeast has to offer, which, for better or worse, add to the list of herps that could be found. The prime herping of the Southeast makes it a frequent destination for herp tourists year round, especially for herpers locked in a wintry despair.
There are many other "side attractions" for herpers here; we have a great diversity of bird species, beautiful vistas ranging from mountaintop to sea level and the world's best post-herping barbeque dinner.
The number of rare, threatened and endemic species present in the Southeast makes for a lot of potential research for chapter members and visitors. This potential has been partially realized as a number of members are involved in professional herpetological field work. All members are encouraged to be involved in amateur research by posting records on the NAFHA website and participating in chapter events. Feel free to visit our chapter forum at viewforum.php?f=11and see the many exciting stories and observations from the plethora of all-star novice and expert herpetologists that belong to our chapter.
*Herper lingo for an alive on road eastern diamondback rattlesnake in Everglades National Park.