Field herping (looking for reptiles and amphibians in the wild) is an enjoyable activity that should give you a broader understanding how these species live and interact with their environment.

In most cases, herping involves watching, photographing or catch and release. I'm not averse to occasionally keeping specimens for native breeding projects, but be aware of your local laws and don't overcollect. Most small native species aren't suitable for captive husbandry and are best enjoyed watching in their own habitat.

If you enjoy a challenge, try keeping a personal life list of all the reptiles and amphibians you've seen in the wild. Birders have been doing it for years, and it is starting to catch on with herpers.

Also, I'm going to start adding image galleries from hobbyists who field herp in various parts of the country.

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Other herper's life lists: