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The Nation's Largest Educational Reptile and Amphibian Show

ReptileFest 2018 will be held at the Physical Education Complex of Northeastern Illinois University, 3600 W. Foster Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625. The show will take place on Saturday April 14th, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 15th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reptile Fest features over 200 species of reptiles and amphibians from all over the globe. See amazing amphibians, big boas, captivating crocodilians and rare reptiles. Learn about these animals through educational displays from local hobbyists, museums, nature centers and zoos. Touch, hold and interact with these often misunderstood animals while learning about conservation and captive care. We encourage animal lovers, families, reptile enthusiasts and anyone with a curiosity for these cold blooded creatures to come join us for this wonderful event! *NO LIVE ANIMAL SALES OR ANIMAL TRADING OCCUR AT THIS EVENT*

                                                                                                                                                           Frank Sladek- Reptile Fest Coordinator 2018


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Chicago Herpetological Society

Est. 1966


Our Mission:

To educate the general public about these frequently misunderstood animals, promote conservation of all wildlife, especially reptiles and amphibians, and to encourage cooperation between amateur and professional herpetologists toward a broader and deeper knowledge of this fascinating field.

The regular monthly meetings of the Chicago Herpetological Society take place at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. This beautiful building is at Fullerton Parkway and Cannon Drive, directly across Fullerton from the Lincoln Park Zoo. Meetings are free and open to the public.

A raffle is held of cages, books, posters, T-shirts and other herp-related items (no live animals). Once a year is our popular show and tell meeting.

The CHS Bulletin is a monthly journal featuring original articles, photographs and artwork, columns, book reviews, abstracts of current herpetological research, cartoons, announcements of upcoming speakers and activities, and classified ads (free to members).

Herpetological Grants is a program that annually provides financial grants to CHS members to support herpetological research, education and conservation.

Our Adoption Program is a resource for locating caring homes for unwanted or abandoned reptiles and amphibians.

Educational Shows where members are invited to exhibit and display their animals at ReptileFest, our yearly educational show. We also participate in HerPETological weekend at the Chicago Academy of Sciences and and frequently give programs at libraries and schools throughout the area.

Group Activities include behind-the-scenes zoo tours, summer picnics, workshops and more.

 The CHS has over 500 members. Whatever your special interest, there are people who share your enthusiasm. If you have a question about an animal, there are members who can help you.

Hydration for Conservation


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JR. Herpers

The CJHS is about sharing the love of "herps"(amphibians and reptiles) with the younger generation, and fostering  an appreciation of wildlife and nature through educational speakers and hands-on interactions.
The goal of the CJHS is to establish a learning environment where younger kids are mentored by older kids with 
 knowledge of reptiles and amphibians—under adult supervision—in the beautiful museum setting.

The regular monthly meetings of the Chicago Junior Herpetological Society take place at Chicago's newest museum -- the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. This beautiful new building is at Fullerton Parkway and Cannon Drive, directly across Fullerton from the Lincoln Park Zoo. Meetings are free and open to the public.


Meeting dates are listing in our page "Speakers Calendar".!en-blanco/c1vbu

Meetings will start promptly at 12 M. and will last until 1:30 P.M.

Herps of Illinois

Chicago Herpetological Society

"REPTILEFEST has the largest live display of reptiles and amphibians in the State."

The state claims 17 types of native turtle, 46 kinds of snake, 19 varieties of salamander, and 21 types of frog and toad.

In 1973, the Department of Conservation established an endangered and threatened species protection program because of the heavy industrial and sewage pollution.

This unique and fragile environment is home to a diverse array of creatures, if you want to learn more go to:


Special Thanks to: Stephen Barten who donated some of his amazing pictures.

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