Daytona or bust!

Daytona National Reptile Breeders' Expo

27 years! That's right, it's the 27th year for the reptile show often referred to as just "Expo" by longtime vendors and attendees. This is the granddaddy of two-day herp events and if you can make it, you better be there.

Daytona was the first show to have a $40,000 auction to benefit USARK. Auctions at this show have raised over $130,000 for USARK, as well as more than double that amount for many other non-profit organizations and causes. Show attendees should definitely find the auction Saturday night and see why hundreds of herpers gather there annually to see what was donated and show support for USARK. Thanks to Wayne Hill for his USARK support, and thank you to all the donors who make this possible.

The benefit auction is Saturday at 8:00 in the Hilton hotel directly across the street from the show. It is FREE to attend and everyone is welcome. This is a family-friendly auction.

And don't miss the Turtle Talks happening Friday night starting at 7:00!

The show is August 19-21 in Daytona, FL. Show details can be found at and

ALERT: Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention Act of 2016 (“IFWP”)
The IFWP has been introduced again as two bills: H.R. 5895 by Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY), and S. 3278 by Senator Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY). These bills are similar to legislation introduced in previous congresses (i.e. H.R. 996 in 2013). Among other things, they streamline the process for injurious listings under the Lacey Act, and create new mechanisms for animal rights groups to utilize for advancing their agenda of removing all animals from our lives. The IFWP represents a flawed approach to invasive species issues.

Get all the details, bill text, analysis and more at
The Path Forward: USARK on salamanders and Bsal

USARK discusses the problems created by an injurious listing for 201 salamander species and how the Bsal issue should be handled moving forward. While this article discusses salamanders, the broader picture can certainly be applied to other species. Find the article in issue #20 of Herp Nation magazine.

Link #1: Direct link to our article:{"issue_id":301851,"page":36}

Link #2: For Issue #20 from the beginning:

Midwest Herpetological Conference
Septemeber 30 - October 2

Save This Weekend! The Chicago Herpetological Society is proud to host the Midwest Herpetological Conference for the fourth time. We are especially proud because this year also marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the CHS.

Speakers will include:

Dr. Jonathan Campbell, chair of the Biology Department at the University of Texas at Arlington; Dr. Dale Denardo, 
environmental physiologist at Arizona State University; Andrew & Sarah Gilpin, world travelers and passionate herp photographers; Dr. Bree Putman, postdoctoral research fellow at UCLA; Roger Repp, independent researcher and columnist for the CHS Bulletin; Dr. David Steen,wildlife ecologist at Auburn University.


The registration fee will include the Friday evening ice-breaker and the Saturday evening banquet / auction. Online registration can be done at


Hilton Lisle/Naperville, 3003 Corporate West Drive, Lisle IL 60532, (630) 505-0900. We have arranged for a special group rate of $111 per night. To receive this rate please mention the group code: CCHS. Reserve by calling 630-505-0900 or online at The last day to book a room, to guarantee group rate and availability is Friday, September 9.

Banquet and auction:

The banquet will take place on Saturday evening, followed by a speaker and an auction of herp-related items (inanimate items only). Attendees are urged to donate items to be auctioned.


A registration table will open at 5:00 P.M. on Friday evening and will continue throughout the ice-breaker, which will begin at 6:00 P.M. The registration table will also be open Saturday morning. The speakers will commence at 8:30 A.M. on Saturday. Sunday morning activities are still in the planning stage; details will be posted online.
  • Herp societies are encouraged to bring membership info, newsletters, etc. for display.
  • Table space will be provided on an as-available basis to purveyors of herp-related items such as books, shirts and cages. All we ask is that you: 1) make a donation to the auction, and 2) reserve space with us in advance.
  • If you have any questions, email MikeDloogatch @
CITES Proposals

Several herp, fish and bird species found in trade will be proposed for listing or appendices movement at the 17th Conference of the Parties held by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora ("CITES"). CITES is an international agreement among governments with a goal to ensure that trade of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. While CITES seeks to protect and manage wild populations of animals, listings have implications for captive-bred animals, too. 

Find A Vet


Need a good herp veterinarian? The Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV) can help. ARAV provides a free Find-A-Vet service at


Important Reminder
Injurious Wildlife Legalities

This is an important reminder to all herpers regarding species listed as injurious under the Lacey Act, especially those attending and vending reptile shows across state lines. Keep it legal!

REMEMBER: Species listed as injurious cannot be imported into the U.S. or transported across state lines, according to the current interpretation of the Lacey Act by FWS. Not only does this include nine species of constrictor snakes, but now also includes 201 species of salamanders per the interim rule effective as of January 28, 2016 (see "Salamander Injurious Listing" section below for full details).

USARK and the Reptile Nation await a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals regarding the court awarded injunctive relief removing the authority of FWS to prohibit interstate transportation of two species of snakes listed as injurious. Last summer, the Court ruled in favor of USARK, granting our members injunctive relief. FWS has filed an appeal on this decision in an attempt to overturn the preliminary injunction.

NOTE: You also cannot sell a listed species with knowledge there will be a violation as this could lead to accessory or conspiracy charges.

We encourage all show promoters to remind their vendors before each show of these regulations. The information should also be available for all attendees.

A sample responsible buyer agreement verifying that buyers are knowledgeable of all city, county, state and federal laws can be downloaded at

All species listed as injurious are illegal to transport across state lines unless you meet one of the two qualifications below:

1. For reticulated pythons and green anacondas ONLY: Transportation and shipment across state lines are legal if you have received your membership verification letter from USARK. Every time you personally transport these TWO species across state lines, you should have a printed copy of this letter on your person and easily accessible should an FWS agent request to see it.

You can find all the details on this verification letter and court ruling at Injunctive relief only applies to those USARK members who were current on or before April 8, 2015. Even with this letter, there may be other prohibitions, such as no shipments into Texas or Florida. See link for full details.

2. Interstate transportation is legal if you have received a permit from FWS allowing movement for bona fide research, education, etc. That permit can be found at

Herp species that are listed as injurious:

  1. Reticulated python 
  2. Green anaconda 
  3. Burmese python
  4. Indian python
  5. Northern rock python
  6. Southern rock python
  7. Yellow anaconda
  8. DeSchauensee’s anaconda
  9. Beni anaconda
  10. 201 species of salamanders: List at
  11. Brown tree snake (Boiga irregularis)
As always, part of being a responsible member of the herpetocultural community includes knowing any city, county, state and federal laws applicable to the species you keep or sell. This includes knowing the laws in places you travel to, and through, for shows.

Donate to the USARK Legal Defense Fund

Information for making donations online and via check/money order can be found at You can make one-time, weekly, monthly or annual donations. You can also include a message that will be posted on the Legal Defense Fund Donor Wall at for all to see. You can even choose to make your donation or donation amount anonymous. Thanks for your support as we battle FWS to restore the freedoms of the Reptile Nation.
Reptile Events
National Reptile Breeders' Expo: August 19-21 in Daytona, FL. Details at

Western Maryland Reptile Show: August 20 in Frederick, MD. Show details at

H.E.R.P.S. - Houston Exotic Reptile and Pet Show: New Orleans, LA. Show details at and

American Reef and Reptile Expos: Show details at

Cold Blooded Expo: Overland Park, KS. Show details at

Lone Star Reptile Expo: Arlington, TX. Show details at and

All Ohio Reptile Show: August 20 in Hilliard, OH. More details at

Kentucky Reptile Expo: More details at

All Cleveland Reptile Show: Brook Park, OH. Details at

Indiana Reptile Breeders' Expo: Clarksville, IN. More details at

Snake Days: Sanderson, TX. Details at

Croc Fest Crocodile Conservation Fundraiser: Event details at

Cin City Reptile Show: July 10 in Fairfield, OH. More details at

Cold Blooded Expo: August 7 in Broken Arrow, OK. Show details at

New England Reptile Expo: Manchester, NH. Show details at

Midwest Reptile Show: Indianapolis, IN. Show details at

New York Metro Reptile Show: White Plains, NY. Show details at

Repticon: Show details at

Las Vegas Reptile Expo: Las Vegas, NV. Show details at and

Buffalo Niagara Reptile Expo: September 18 in Amherst, NY. Show details at

NARBC Arlington: September 24-25 in Arlington, TX. Show details at

Sacramento Reptile Show: September 24-25 in Sacramento, CA. Show details at

Nebraska Reptile Breeders' Expo: September 25 in Omaha, NE. Show details at

Georgia Reptile Experience: October 22 in Atlanta, GA. Event details at and on Facebook at .

Tri-State Reptile Expo: October 22-23 in Amarillo, TX. Show details at

NARBC Tinley Park: October 15-16 in Tinley Park, IL. Show details at

Long Island Reptile Expo: October 23 in Brentwood, NY. Show details at

NARBC Pasadena: November 5-6 in Pasadena, CA. Show details at

Tracy Reptile Expo: November 12-13 in Tracy, CA. Show details at

Reptile Super Show: Pomona, CA. Show details at

Portland Metro Reptile Expo: Portland, OR. Show details at

Phoenix Reptile Expo: in Mesa, AZ. Show details at and

Turtle and Tortoise Preservation Group (TTPG) Conference: in Mesa, AZ. More details at

Armadillo Reptile Expo: Austin, TX. Show details at
SEWERFest Reptile Show:  Sturtevant, WI. Show details at

Pacific Northwest Reptile and Exotic Animal Show: in Hillsboro, OR. Details at and

Chicago Herp Society ReptileFest: in Chicago, IL. The Nation's largest educational reptile and amphibian show! Details at

Lone Star Rattlesnake Days: in Austin Texas. Event details at

Reptile Breeders Show: in Lodi, CA. Show details at

Big Sky Reptile Expos:
Show details at

International Herpetological Symposium: Show details at

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