The following principles are intended to assist members of the Idaho
Herpetological Society, Inc. in maintaining a high level of ethical conduct.
They are to be professional standards which each and every member is expected to
Members of the Society shall foster and promote an appreciation of the role of
reptiles and amphibians in the ecosystem.
Members are expected to respect the scientific purposes of the of the Society and shall
do nothing to diminish these purposes or discredit or embarrass the Society.
Members are expected to safeguard the Society and the general public against
those individuals deficient in basic scientific competence and/or questionable
bioethical character. Members shall observe all wildlife protection,
collection, and possession laws, uphold the dignity of the science, and not
condone illegal or unethical conduct of fellow members of the Society.
When collecting reptiles and amphibians, members are expected to replace
disturbed habitat as much as possible to their natural condition, and to take no
more specimens than is necessary for legitimate herpetological purposes. Every
effort should be made to protect endemic populations from over collecting.
When maintaining captive reptiles and amphibians, members are expected to
provide adequate care and humane treatment. Prey animals should be similarly
kept. The Board of Directors of the Society strongly discourages the keeping of
live venomous reptiles by any member of the Society.
Failure to abide by this Code of Ethics may result in membership
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