Alaska Herpetological Society
The official logo of the Alaska Herpetological Society (AHS) was designed by Katie Bode and features the Rough-skinned Newt (Taricha granulosa), the Wood Frog (Lithobates sylvaticus) and the Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis). The Wood Frog was chosen as this species occurs throughout most of Alaska, exhibits incredible freeze tolerance and is widely known to our citizens. The Rough-skinned Newt is our salamander representative on the logo and is found commonly in southern Southeast Alaska. This species exhibits a brilliant orange / red stomach that warns predators of their toxicity. The Garter Snake is our lone reptilian representative on the logo and is considered enigmatic in Alaska. While there are no vouchers of natural occurrence yet for this species, this snake also represents our commitment to the needs and concerns of those who enjoy herpetofauna as pets in their homes. The green background of the logo represents our commitment to responsible stewardship and conservation while the white AHS letters represent institutional research. The silhouette of Alaska represents our dedication to the state and its citizens as well as the promotion of citizen science and education. Lastly, the logo is set within a crest which signifies our sense of community and shared interests.