Sacramento and NARBC Arlington!
NARBC Arlington
 
Get ready, Texas! NARBC is back. This top-notch show is not to be missed and will be filled with high quality, captive-bred animals that will dazzle reptile enthusiasts, as well as anyone interested in finding his/her first pet herp. USARK appreciates the continued support from Bob, Brian and the NARBC crew.

DO NOT MISS the USARK benefit auction Saturday night. There will be well over $10,000 in donations, all just waiting for you to bid. What will be there? Well, you'll have to attend to see.

Brian Potter will run the auction with his always entertaining style. NOTE: There will be adult-oriented language and shenanigans at the auction. While everyone is welcome, parents should be advised if bringing children. There will be free appetizers and a cash bar.

All auction proceeds benefit USARK as we continue to protect your freedom to keep reptiles and amphibians as pets. We greatly appreciate everyone who donates auction items and attends. Without your support, USARK would not be possible.
 
Schedule:

Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
USARK Auction: Saturday at 6:00 FREE and open to everyone.
Sunday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm 

Where:

Arlington Convention Center
1200 Ballpark Way 
Arlington, TX 76011

More information at www.narbc.com/Arlington/arlington.html.

Sacramento Reptile Show
 
The Sacramento Reptile Show is this weekend! Stop by the USARK booth for legislative updates, new shirts and to say hello to some of USARK's no-legged and four-legged friends. This is a huge show!

Thanks to Jeremy for providing booth space and allowing USARK to spread awareness. This show is a must for California and regional herpers and is also a great family weekend event filled with educational exhibits.

The USARK booth will have some friendly reptiles to educate the attendees, too. They are coming to visit all the way from southern California thanks to the Southern California Herpetology Association and Rescue (SCHAR). Stop by and see who made the trip. A dedicated group of USARK volunteers will be there making this possible on a busy show weekend. Please tell them thanks for giving up their weekend to support the herp community. Show details at www.sacreptileshow.com.

USARK Benefit Auction in Sacramento

There will be a benefit auction following the show Saturday starting at 5:30. We'll have FREE snacks and a cash bar. Get all details at the USARK booth. Don't miss it!

We appreciate all the donors and volunteers who make these auctions possible. Without you, USARK could not continue our fight against anti-herp legislation. Thanks again for your support, Jeremy and the Sacramento Team.

Midwest Herpetological Conference
September 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.

Registration:

The registration fee will include the Friday evening ice-breaker and the Saturday evening banquet / auction. Online registration can be done at 
www.chicagoherp.org/index.php?link=midwestconf16.

Location:

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 
www.hiltonlislenaperville.com. 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.

Agenda:

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 @ mdloogatch@chicagoherp.org
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
 www.usark.org/2016-blog/invasive-fish-and-wildlife-prevention-act-of-2016/.
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:
 http://hnmdigital.herpnation.com/publication/?i=301851#{"issue_id":301851,"page":36}

Link #2: For Issue #20 from the beginning: http://hnmdigital.herpnation.com/publication/?i=301851

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 http://arav.site-ym.com/search/custom.asp?id=3661.

 

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 www.usark.org/library/sample-responsible-buyer-agreement.

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 www.usark.org/2015-blog/7182/. 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 www.fws.gov/forms/3-200-42.pdf.

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 www.fws.gov/injuriouswildlife/pdf_files/List-of-Salamander-Species.pdf.
  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 www.usark.org/reptile-defense-fund-2/. 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 www.usark.org/usark-announcement/reptile-defense-donor-wall/ 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
 
NARBC Arlington: September 24-25 in Arlington, TX. Show details at www.narbc.com.

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

Nebraska Reptile Breeders' Expo: September 25 in Omaha, NE. Show details at www.facebook.com/Nebraska-Reptile-Breeders-Expo-201168596616327.

Georgia Reptile Experience: October 22 in Atlanta, GA. Event details at www.gareptilesociety.org/experience and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gareptileexperience .

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

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

Long Island Reptile Expo: October 23 in Brentwood, NY. Show details at www.reptileexpo.com/lifirst.htm.

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

Tracy Reptile Expo: November 12-13 in Tracy, CA. Show details at www.facebook.com/TRACY-Reptile-EXPO-440367659415673.

Reptile Super Show: Pomona, CA. Show details at www.reptilesupershow.com.
 
National Reptile Breeders' Expo: Daytona, FL. Details at www.reptilebreedersexpo.com.

Western Maryland Reptile Show: Frederick, MD. Show details at www.mdreptilefarm.com/western-maryland-reptile-show/.

H.E.R.P.S. - Houston Exotic Reptile and Pet Show: New Orleans, LA. Show details at www.herpshow.net and www.facebook.com/HERPShow.

American Reef and Reptile Expos: Show details at www.facebook.com/americanreefreptileexpo.

Cold Blooded Expo: Overland Park, KS. Show details at www.coldbloodedexpos.com/kc-reptile-show/.

Lone Star Reptile Expo: Arlington, TX. Show details at www.lonestarreptileexpos.com/home.html and www.facebook.com/LSRExpos.

All Ohio Reptile Show: Hilliard, OH. More details at www.allohioreptileshows.webs.com.

Kentucky Reptile Expo: More details at www.kentuckyreptileexpo.com.

All Cleveland Reptile Show: Brook Park, OH. Details at www.facebook.com/pages/Cleveland-Reptile-Show/238480829509251.

Indiana Reptile Breeders' Expo: Clarksville, IN. More details at www.facebook.com/IRBExpo.

Snake Days: Sanderson, TX. Details at www.snakedays.com.

Croc Fest Crocodile Conservation Fundraiser: Event details at www.facebook.com/SaveTheCrocodiles.

Cin City Reptile Show: Fairfield, OH. More details at www.cincityreptileshow.com.

Cold Blooded Expo: Broken Arrow, OK. Show details at www.coldbloodedexpos.com/ok-reptile-expo/.

New England Reptile Expo: Manchester, NH. Show details at www.reptileexpo.com/nefirst.htm.

Midwest Reptile Show: Indianapolis, IN. Show details at www.midwestreptile.com/index.php.

New York Metro Reptile Show: White Plains, NY. Show details at www.reptileexpo.com/nyfirst.htm.

Repticon: Show details at www.repticon.com.

Las Vegas Reptile Expo: Las Vegas, NV. Show details at www.getreptiles.com and www.facebook.com/events/591811610945614/.

Portland Metro Reptile Expo: Portland, OR. Show details at www.nwreptileexpos.com/portland-metro-reptile-expo.

Phoenix Reptile Expo: in Mesa, AZ. Show details at www.phxreptileexpo.com and www.facebook.com/PhoenixReptileExpo.

Turtle and Tortoise Preservation Group (TTPG) Conference: in Mesa, AZ. More details at 
www.ttpg.org/conference2015.html.

Armadillo Reptile Expo: Austin, TX. Show details at www.armadilloreptileexpos.com/austin-reptile-show.html.
 
SEWERFest Reptile Show:  Sturtevant, WI. Show details at www.sewerfest.com.

Pacific Northwest Reptile and Exotic Animal Show: in Hillsboro, OR. Details at www.pacnwrs.com and www.facebook.com/Pacific-Northwest-Reptile-and-Exotic-Animal-Show-533662919993443.

Chicago Herp Society ReptileFest: in Chicago, IL. The Nation's largest educational reptile and amphibian show! Details at www.chicagoherp.wix.com/reptilefest.

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

Reptile Breeders Show: in Lodi, CA. Show details at www.thereptilebreedersshow.com.

Big Sky Reptile Expos:
Show details at
www.facebook.com/bigskyreptileexpos.

International Herpetological Symposium: Show details at www.internationalherpetologicalsymposium.com.

Konza Reptile Expo: Manhattan, KS. Show details at www.konzaexpo.com.

CrocFest Canada: 
Toronto. Details at
www.crocfest.ca.

Buffalo Niagara Reptile Expo:
 Amherst, NY. Show details at
www.buffaloreptileexpo.com.

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