Sac Reptile Show, Lawsuit Update, CITES, ESA, Upcoming Symposiums and More.
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.
 
Lawsuit Update
 
The Court has entered a briefing schedule in FWS' appeal.
  • Government brief due November 2
  • USARK opposition due December 2
  • Government reply due December 16
  • Final briefs due January 6
Following submission of the final briefs, the Court will schedule oral argument, although there is not a set deadline for this action. USARK will keep you posted as updates become available. We appreciate your continued support as we battle overreaching legislation on the local, state and federal fronts.

ESA Proposals
 
Deadline to comment is November 17, 2015. Comment submission tutorial at link below.

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing fourteen species of native herps for potential listings under the Endangered Species Act. Conservation efforts are critical for our native species, and others worldwide, as human expansion, habitat loss and pollution continue to decimate populations. For U.S. native species, captive populations have long since replaced the wild-caught animals once seen in commerce. These populations should be recognized as many dedicated hobbyists have been breeding species for many years, or even decades. Many have also contributed to conservation and reintroduction efforts.

Most species proposed are not commonly kept in captivity. Comments including information from those living where these species are found may prove to be very helpful, both with listing decisions and future conservation efforts. You can find more information and a list of proposed species at
 www.usark.org/2015-blog/esa-proposed-listings-deadline-11-17-15.

CITES Proposals

Deadline to comment is October 26, 2015.

The United States, as a Party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), may propose amendments to the CITES Appendices for consideration at meetings of the Conference of the Parties. Conservation efforts are critical for species worldwide as human expansion, habitat loss and pollution continue to decimate populations. These listings also have an impact on the interstate trade, importation and exportation of these species. Established captive breeding populations, which do not contribute to extinction of species, should be recognized.

USARK has supplied additional information including the importance of conservation, how to write comments, etc. at 
www.usark.org/2015-blog/cites-listings-deadline-102615.

You can find a full list of all species (birds, mammals, fish, etc.) under consideration and more information from FWS at www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FWS-HQ-IA-2014-0018-0142. This is also the link to submit comments.

Below are the reptile species for which the U.S. is likely to, or yet undecided to, submit proposals:

  • Puerto Rican boa (Epicrates inornatus)—Amendment to Appendix-I listing
  • Chaco side-necked turtle (Acanthochelys pallidipectoris)—Inclusion in Appendix II or Appendix I
  • African and Middle Eastern softshell turtles in the family Trionychidae; Inclusion in Appendix II
  • African pygmy chameleons (Rhampholeon spp. and Rieppeleon spp): Inclusion in Appendix II.
30th Midwest Herpetological Symposium
 
The Madison Area Herpetological Society is hosting the event this year in Madison, WI. It takes place November 6-8. Get all the details at www.facebook.com/events/760059857443519/ and www.madisonherps.org/midwest-herp-symposium.
 
TTPG Conference
 
The Turtle and Tortoise Preservation Group holds their conference November 11-13 in Mesa, AZ. Get details at www.ttpg.org/conference2015.html.

The TTPG is open to all people interested in the welfare of chelonians. TTPG is a non-profit 501c3, founded in 1996 to help ensure survival of the world's turtle and tortoise species. Individuals that maintain captive collections have a great responsibility to ensure their chelonians are properly cared for and maintained. Whether you are a member or not, the TTPG will help you fulfill this responsibility by providing information on the care and maintenance of turtles and tortoises.
 
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.
 
Join RAACA 2.0 Today!

There is a new anytime RAACA! Check out the format for listing auctions to benefit USARK via RAACA USARK Auctions at www.facebook.com/groups/1623588901209232/. These auctions will allow donations at any time and not just during fundraiser events. Anyone can bid, donate and support the Reptile Nation!

The new 
RAACA USARK Auctions have raised over $2,600. Thank you, RAACA, Jordan, Tammy, Houssam, Christine, donors and all the admins in this group!
 
Herp Survey for Everyone

Please take a survey about pets, conservation, reptiles and more. This is a public survey and responses from non-herpers will be greatly beneficial. Please share!

Southwestern Center for Herpetological Research - SWCHR has their 2015 Reptile and Amphibian Public Opinion Survey open at www.surveymonkey.com/r/2015SWCHR. This survey is for people who enjoy these animals as well as people who don't. All opinions are useful!

This survey will help provide data for various stakeholders based on public attitudes toward reptiles and amphibians, as well as regulations and practices regarding public interaction with these animals. The survey runs from Aug. 15th through Nov. 30th.

LINK: www.surveymonkey.com/r/2015SWCHR

Reptile Events
 
Sacramento Reptile Show​: September 26-27 in Sacramento, CA. Show details at www.sacreptileshow.com.

New England Reptile Expo: September 27 in Manchester, NH. Show details at www.reptileexpo.com/nefirst.htm.

H.E.R.P.S. - Houston Exotic Reptile and Pet Show: October 3-4 in Conroe, TX. Show details at www.herpshow.net and www.facebook.com/HERPShow.

All Maryland Reptile Show: October 3 in Havre de Grace, MD. Show details at 
www.mdreptilefarm.com/havre-de-grace-maryland/.

Nebraska Reptile Breeders' Expo: October 4 in Omaha, NE. Show details at www.nebherp.org/expo.html.

Cold Blooded Expo: October 4 in Broken Arrow, OK. Show details at www.coldbloodedexpos.com/ok-reptile-expo/.

NARBC: October 10-11 in Tinley Park, IL. Show details at www.narbc.com/Tinley/tinley_park.html.

Kentucky Reptile Expo: October 10 in Shepherdsville, KY. More details at www.kentuckyreptileexpo.com/.

Buffalo Niagara Reptile Expo: October 11 in Amherst, NY. Show details awww.buffaloreptileexpo.com.

All Ohio Reptile Show: October 11 in Hilliard, OH. More details at www.allohioreptileshows.webs.com.

Lone Star Reptile Expo: October 17-18 in Arlington, TX. Show details at www.lonestarreptileexpos.com/home.html and www.facebook.com/LSRExpos.

Midwest Reptile Show: October 18 in Indianapolis, IN. Show details at www.midwestreptile.com/index.php.

Long Island Reptile Expo: October 25 in Brentwood, NY. Show details at www.reptileexpo.com/lifirst.htm.

All Cleveland Reptile Show: October 25 in Brook Park, OH. Details at www.facebook.com/pages/Cleveland-Reptile-Show/238480829509251.

Indiana Reptile Breeders' Expo: October 25 in Clarksville, IN. More details at www.irbexpo.com.

Redding Reptile Expo: October 31-November 1 in Redding, CA. Show details at www.facebook.com/ReddingReptileExpo.

Southeast CarpetFest: November 7. Event details at www.facebook.com/groups/SECarpetfest.

Tracy Reptile Expo: November 6-7 in Tracy, CA. Show details at www.shedskin.net/Shedskin.net/2015_TRACY_REPTILE_EXPO.html.

OKC Elite Reptile Show: November 7-8 in Oklahoma City, OK. Show details soon at www.okcelitereptileshow.com.

Repticon Columbia: November 7-8 in Columbia, SC. Show details at www.repticon.com.

Cin City Reptile Show: September 13 in Fairfield, OH. More details at www.cincityreptileshow.com.

Cold Blooded Expo: November 8 in Overland Park, KS. Show details at www.coldbloodedexpos.com/kc-reptile-show/.

Repticon Atlanta: November 14-15 in Lawrenceville, GA. Show details at www.repticon.com.

Armadillo Reptile Expo: Austin, TX. Show details at www.armadilloreptileexpos.com/austin-reptile-show.html.
 
30th Midwest Herpetological Symposium: The Madison Area Herpetological Society is hosting the event this year in Madison, WI. It takes place November 6-8. Get all the details at www.facebook.com/events/760059857443519/ and www.google.com/calendar/.

SEWERFest Reptile Show: November 8 in Sturtevant, WI. Show details at www.sewerfest.com.

Turtle and Tortoise Preservation Group (TTPG) Conference: November 11-12 in Mesa, AZ. More details at 
www.ttpg.org/conference2015.html.

Phoenix Reptile Expo: November 14-15 in Mesa, AZ. Show details at www.phxreptileexpo.com and www.facebook.com/PhoenixReptileExpo.

New York Metro Reptile Show: November 29 in White Plains, NY. Show details at www.reptileexpo.com/nyfirst.htm.

Croc Fest: December 5 in Palm Bay, FL. This is a crocodile conservation fundraiser. Details at www.facebook.com/SaveTheCrocodiles.

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

Reptile Super Show: January 9-10, 2016 in Pomona, CA. Show details at www.reptilesupershow.com.

Repticon Atlanta: January 9-10, 2016 in Lawrenceville, GA. Show details at
 www.repticon.com.

Reptile Super Show: July 9-10, 2016 in San Diego, CA. Show details at www.reptilesupershow.com.

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

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

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