"Those of us lucky enough to be herpetologists, whether professional or amateur, clearly recognize the value of all amphibians and reptiles. They not only are part of our own evolutionary history, but also are an integral part of our natural heritage; they, along with all other animal and plant species, constitute life on Earth. The excitement and enthusiasm that we all experience while observing and studying amphibians and reptiles have brought together a remarkable diversity of people, collectively known as herpetologists."
Zug et al. 2001. Herpetology: an introductory biology
of amphibians and reptiles. 2nd Ed.