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kingsnake.com's chat room has been a live gathering place for herpers around the world since the 90s. It's also the site of the longest-running annual herp symposium on the web, featuring popular reptile and amphibian breeders, conservationists and experts as well as television personalities, well-known hobbyists, researchers, authors, and zoo professionals.Since 1997 kingsnake.com offererd hosted chats each week, first in IRC, then in the Reptile and Amphibian Chat Room on our own Chat Server, as well as hosting an annual event known as Chat week, the first live online symposium in the reptile and amphibian world.

Unfortunately security issues in the JAVA based chat system used to power our chats forced us to permanently close our chat rooms in early 2013.

Below are transcripts of some of the chats and chat events that occured in our chat rooms.
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kingsnake.com's Connect is a beta project being developed to let the herp community stay in touch with their friends and fellow hobbyists, keep each other up to date on legislative issues as they develop, and to build and strengthen the herp community network. Registered users of kingsnake.com can use it to share photos, links, information, alerts, updates and more.
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Jeff Barringer(left) Photo by Gary Miller; used with permission.Jeff Barringer
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Founder of kingsnake.com, Jeff is a veteran breeder and field hobbyist with almost three decades of experience roaming the thorn-scrub of Texas is search of reptiles and amphibians.
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Richard Bartlett (left) Photo by Jake Scott; used with permission.Richard D. Bartlett
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One of the most prolific writers and photographers on herpetological subjects in the 20th century, Richard spent over four decades documenting reptiles in the field and captivity.
  - You never forget your first scarlet kingsnake
  - The color shifting whipsnake
  - 'Twas a great night for herping
  - Hiding in plain sight: The ocellated gecko
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Tony Jones (left)Tony Jones
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Tony Jones is a UK based writer and herp professional with field experience ranging from Madagascar, New Zealand, Hungary, The Canaries, Mauritius, Round Island, Africa, and America. .
  - Should reptile shows be legal in the U.K.?
  - New European animal laws worry UK hobbyists
  - Courier no longer ships reptiles in UK
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A reptile hobbyist and rescuer living in Pune, Maharashtra, India. Sachin began rescuing India's snakes and amphibians when he was 15 and is part of the new generation of reptile hobbyists in India.
  - G√ľnther's racer: The tiny athlete
  - The common bronzeback tree snake
  - Striped coral snake: A perfect example of nature's beau...
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At home in the forests and swamps of the southeastern United States, Leiren spends most of her free time looking for herps, when she's not breeding axolotls and other salamanders.
  - The uncommon blue striped garter snake
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A volunteer with several organizations including her own herp rescue, Cindy works with a number of local shelters, agencies, and organizations to provide rescue services for her community.
  - We need you to help giant snakes in need!
  - The problem with 'heroes in a half-shell'
  - 'Eaten Alive' creates problems for reptile rescuers
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News stories, press releases, and updates from the world of reptile and amphibian laws and law enforcement.
  - USFWS refuses extension request on Lacey Act listing; U...
  - USFWS seeks immediate ban on Mediterranean Geckos
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Herp Bios


Charles Darwin

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Some of them are legends known to every school kid in the world. Others are revered mostly by their peers and the scientists and herpers who came after them. They're the world's most renowned and influential herpetologists, herpetoculturists and zoologists, and you can learn more about them and their legacy to the hobby in kingsnake.com's Wikipedia-based index of herper biographies.
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Keeping reptiles and amphibians is often subject to a variety of laws, regulations, and restrictions. These resources are here to help you navigate the sometimes complex issues of herp ownership.

International Agencies - CITES

U.S. Agencies - Center For Disease Control - Fish & Wildlife Service
Dept of Agriculture - Dept of Interior - House of Representatives - Senate

Canada Agencies - Canadian Wildlife Service

UK Agencies - DEFRA - Animal Health

Organizations - AVMA - ARAV - HCU - IRCF - IUCN - NPA - PARC - PIJAC - PIJAC Canada - TRAFFIC - USARK

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Animal Rights Organizations - PETA - HSUS

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