Twenty-third Annual


Middle Tennessee State University

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

September 28-29, 2017



***Meeting details***


September 28th & 29th (Thursday - Friday)

 Conference Objectives

To foster an understanding of the past, present, and future of Tennessee herpetology and herpetofauna; to encourage communication between persons researching and managing our amphibians and reptiles; and to help identify needs and goals to benefit the conservation of our herpetofauna and their habitats.

 Who Should Attend

All persons interested in Tennessee herpetology and herpetofauna, including academicians, students, resource managers, zoo and aquarium personnel and the general public.

Keynote Speaker

Snake Envenomation: A first-hand account of being bitten by a Timber Rattlesnake - Danny Bryan




Registration form can be found here.

Professional - $35 (This will be $40 if registering at the door)

Student - $15

Membership Fees

Professional - $15

Student - $10

You may also mail your membership and registration fees to our Treasurer Dustin Thames at the address below. You do have the option of paying all meeting and membership fees the day of the meeting.

Dustin Thames, Treasurer
Tennessee Herpetological Society
6310 Rock Creek Rd
Tullahoma, TN 37388-6063



A catered dinner will be served, Thursday night before the Auction.

$15 Single Meal ticket, ($8 for students).  Vegetarian options will be available). NOTE: RSVP Please let us know if you will join us for the meal and if you prefer the vegetarian option. We need to have a good idea of the number attending before the meeting. Thank you.

This year we will be ordering a build your own BBQ buffet style dinner that includes choices of pulled BBQ pork, pulled BBQ chicken, coleslaw, baked beans, collard, greens, etc. Drink options will include tea and water.

Meal Choices:

Pulled BBQ Pork

Pulled BBQ Chicken (Chicken preparation and the serving of will occur separate from pork)


Meeting Facilities

The meeting itself will be located in the KUC Theater (KUC), while the meal and auction will be held in the new science building (SCI), so walking to our locations is feasible.  Please keep in mind the campus is relatively flat!  A shuttle service is provided by the university and can be used to travel from the parking lot on Rutherford to our meeting locations by using the Raider Express, free of charge. 

Meeting Map

MTSU has its own mobile app with numerous links and functions.  It has an interactive map that will aid with navigating through the university.  It is also supposed to have an interactive function with Raider Xpress that will indicate when the next shuttle will arrive to a stop closest to your location.  This app can be downloaded from your phone app store by searching MTSU mobile.

Raiser Express Map



As with any meeting at a university, parking can be difficult.  The University is unable to block off parking specifically for our meeting.  Fortunately, we have been informed that parking will not require the use of a permit or paying for a permit if we use the large parking lot off of Rutherford Avenue.  Tickets will not be issued to those parking in the Rutherford Lot without permits.  This lot is a green lot located across from Greek Row on the attached map (parking-map).  If you feel the need to have a permit, one can be purchased for $2 per day at:

Coordinates for the parking lot on N. Rutherford Blvd are 35.845373, -86.351605.

Parking map


An auction will be held Thursday after dinner.  Please bring your herpetology related items (shirts, field guides, posters, etc.) & anything else worthy for donation to this scholarship award fundraiser.

Field Trip

Each year a field trip is offered to our members upon conclusion of the annual meeting. Occasionally, tours are offered by our local hosts. The location of the field trip has yet to be determined, but will take place at a local area state natural area or state park within a short distance of the university.

Additional Information

For additional information about the conference, please email or phone:

Josh Campbell

Tennessee Herpetological Society, President

(office) 615-781-6626