Reptile Super Show, Salamanders, TTPG/USARK Membership drive and more...
Salamander Import Moratorium Update

USARK is asking anyone with experience or knowledge (especially researchers, scientists, biologists, etc.) of Bsal chytrid (U.S. or any country) to contact us at This includes information on testing, research, treatment, publications, etc.

If you missed our previous newsletter on this issue, a temporary moratorium (suspension) on all salamander imports into the U.S. has been proposed to prevent the introduction of 
Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal). This is a major concern as the U.S. has the highest Caudate (scientific order, also called Urodela, which includes salamanders, newts, mudpuppies, etc.) diversity of any country at around 200 species.

You can view the USARK Bsal newsletter at

Reptile Super Show Pomona
It's here! If the show wasn't big enough, now it's even bigger. The country's top reptile names will be there and the show draws an international crowd. Come see what all the fuss is about. Thank you to Ramy and the Super Show crew for your continued USARK and herp community support.

The show is over 120,000 sq. ft. of everything herp! It's a fun and educational environment that promotes conservation through education and captive breeding.

The USARK benefit auction is Saturday night at 6:30 at the Sheraton (host hotel). Stick around after the show and support USARK as we work to protect your freedom to have reptiles and amphibians as pets. The auction is FREE to attend and everyone is welcome. We'll have a preview of donations at our booth.

There will be live and silent auctions, and we'll wrap it up quickly so everyone can enjoy some reptile mingling. We appreciate everyone who donates and attends as USARK would not be possible without these auctions and our supporters.
 Get more show details at
USARK/TTPG Membership Drive
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Save $10 and support two groups. USARK has teamed with the TURTLE and TORTOISE PRESERVATION GROUP (TTPG) for a joint membership drive! By supporting both, you are protecting your freedom to keep reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates as pets, as well as helping to save endangered turtles and tortoises. Get details and join at See larger promo at bottom.

You get 2 FREE shirts, FREE Batagur issue, FREE Bumper sticker and more!
FWC Workshops Explained
FWC has held its first two public workshops to discuss Florida's captive wildlife rules. The workshops are not formal meetings. They present the opportunity to talk one on one with Captive Wildlife personnel and to submit any suggested rule changes.

The workshops have four 'stations':
  1. caging;
  2. husbandry/experience;
  3. administration;
  4. licensing.
While comments can also be submitted online or in writing, the benefit of stopping by is that you can talk directly to officials and meet staff in person. The workshops are open from 4-8 PM. You can drop in anytime during those hours.
After the completion of the workshops in March, staff will assemble some of the suggested changes and make them available for additional comment. Based on those comments, rule changes may be formally proposed which would trigger public comment and hearings. That process will likely take several months, providing stakeholders with many opportunities to engage.
More information on wildlife permits and these meeting can be found at questions about the meetings, contact FWC by email at; by mail at: Captive Wildlife Office, 620 South Meridian Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399; or by phone at 850-488-6253.

You can submit comments online at

To submit comments by mail or email, use the form found at Submit via email to or mail to:

Captive Wildlife Office
620 South Meridian Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399

FWC Workshop Dates/Locations:
January 13, 2015
Hilton Garden Inn
3505 Kyoto Gardens Drive,
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33410

January 14, 2015
Hampton Inn & Suites
777 Northwest 57th Avenue
Miami, Florida 33126
February 10, 2015
Hilton Garden Inn
1101 North US Highway 231
Panama City, Florida 32405
March 11, 2015
Hilton Garden Inn
145 Park Avenue
Orange Park, Florida 32073

March 12, 2015
Hampton Inn & Suites
5460 Gateway Village Circle
Orlando, Florida 32812

March 30, 2015
Hilton Ocala
3600 Southwest 36th Avenue
Ocala, Florida 34474

Reptile Events
Reptile Super Show: January 10-11 in Pomona, CA. Show details at

Repticon Atlanta: January 10-11 in Atlanta, GA. Show details at

Cin City Reptile Show: January 11 in Mason, OH. More details at
All Ohio Reptile Show: January 17 in Hilliard, OH. More details at

Portland Metro Reptile Expo: January 17 in Portland, OR. Show details at

Midwest Reptile Show: January 18 in Indianapolis, IN. Show details at

H.E.R.P.S. - Houston Exotic Reptile and Pet Show: January 24th-25th in Conroe, TX. Show details at and
New England Reptile Expo: January 25 in Manchester, NH. Show details at

Indiana Reptile Breeders' Expo: January 25 in Columbus, IN. More details at

Repticon Orlando: January 31-Feb.1 in Orlando, FL. Show details at

Kentucky Reptile Expo: January 31 in Shepherdsville, KY. More details at
NARBC: February 7-8 in Arlington, TX. Show details at

New York Metro Reptile Expo: February 8th in White Plains, NY. Show details at

NARBC: March 14-15 in Tinley Park, IL. Show details at

Lone Star Reptile Expo: March 20-21 in Arlington, TX. Show details at and

PACNWRS - Pacific Northwest Reptile & Exotic Animal Show: March 28-29 in Hillsboro, OR. Show details at

Texas Rattlesnake Festival: April 11-12 in Round Rock, TX. Details at

International Herpetological Symposium: May 27-30 in San Antonio, TX. Details at

Snake Days: June 12-14 in Sanderson, TX. This is a lecture/field herping event. Details and more at

Reptile Super Show: July 18-19 in San Diego, CA. Show details at

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