In 2016 SPOAR organized “Herpetologica 16”, an advanced technical national level workshop on herpetofauna (the reptiles and amphibians), which was in West Bengal, ‘The First of Its Kind’. The workshop had participants with interest and urge, hailing from all over the country. It used murti riversides as its venue which, for the vicinity of Gorumara, Nagrakata, Khunia forest is a very good place for the field work session of the participants. The technical sessions such as power point presentations, lectures and documentary films took place in the seminar hall of Murti Tent resort at the bank of murti river. World famous herpetologist Dr. Indraneil Das, renowned herpetologists Dr. Abhijit Das, Dr. Kaushik Deuti and Dr. Dalia Ghoshdastidar were present on the three days of the workshop as resource persons. The theme extended from taxonomic and systematic discussion about reptiles and amphibians to the species diversity, habitat, breeding biology, key characters of identification etc. Dr. Kaushik Deuti who is very much renowned in the field of batrachology, enlightened the participants with lectures and presentations on frog taxonomy, herpetofaunal diversity of the forets of north Bengal and biology of Himalayan newt (salamander), whereas Dr. Indraneil Das and Dr. Abhijit Das gave lectures on reptiles, amphibians and their identification, survey methodology etc. Dr. Dalia Ghoshdastidar discussed on some of the current projects that she worked on, in India and USA. Technical session lasted all day long and at night there were amazing field sessions with experts. Pit fall and other survey techniques were demonstrated and taught by Dr. Abhijit Das in the field. Participants observed breeding behaviour and calls of different species of frogs also. “Herpetologica 16” lasted for three days and was a grand success to SPOAR.