Reptile Super Show San Diego Recap
It was yet another tremendous Reptile Super Show! Thank you, Ramy and Super Show crew for your continued support!

Ramy once again sponsored the benefit auction venue and we welcomed new some new faces to the show after party. This auction helped raise over $6,000 for USARK as we protect your freedom to responsibly keep reptiles and amphibians.

Thank you to all the donating show vendors who make these auctions happen. You make USARK possible. Thanks as well to the incredible USARK volunteers and everyone who attended our auction

Special thanks to the Southern California Herpetology Society and Rescue (SCHAR). They helped greatly to see that our auction went smoothly. Check them out on Facebook at

San Diego Auction Donors:

$1,000: Jim's House of Retics, Psychotic Exotics, Zilla, Zoo Med, Exo Terra

$500: Jordan Russell and California Breeders Union, J & M Kings, Serpents of the Damned, Bob Applegate, Southern California Herp Association and Rescue (SCHAR), The Knobtail, Ramy Guirguis and the Reptile Super Show, El Segundo Pythons, World Serpent Exotics, So Cal Reptiles

$250: Mist King, Pet Kingdom, Unbelievaballs, Sandfire Dragon Ranch, Jay Sommers, Sensational Pets, Reef & Reptile Company, Reptile Emporium, Cliffside Exotics, Unleashed Reptiles, Layne Labs, J & M Cages, Nature Box Pet Emporium, Mountain Morphs, Roscoes Reptiles, DM Exotics, TSK Supply

$100: Millipedes and More, Acrylic Reptile Displays, KC Reptiles, RT Graphics Solutions, Bold and Bright Geckos, Project Reptile, Joe Rossi, Joelle, Rice Canyon Tropicals, Repashy Superfoods, Dart Frog Connection, Creative Pet Supply

Additional contributions: Patina Products, Tony's Geckos, Rainbow Mealworms and Crickets, Get-A-grip Crickets, Air Plant Art, Ashton's Dragons, DIY Cages, Bassett's Cricket Ranch, Sunland Breeders, Prococo, Rog Reptiles, S.D.R.K., Tortoise Supply, Powley Exotic Reptiles, San Diego Turtle & Tortoise Society, Lugarti, Reptile Factory, San Diego Turtle Rescue

Volunteers: Hanna, Erin Sloan, Lupe, Carlos, Reiner, Jason (SCHA Prez), Shawna, Katy Bugler, Chad and Nanette Gaines, Andrew Bryan, Lisa, Danielle, Kendyl, Matt, Justin, Diane, Tado

If we missed anyone, please let us know. We appreciate the support from everyone as these fundraisers allow USARK to continue the battle against anti-pet groups and anti-herp legislation.
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:

International Herpetological Symposium
It's back. It's awesome. You should be there! The 39th IHS happens next week in St. Louis. The event is loaded with great speakers, good times and even a zoo trip.
Get all the details at

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
American Reef and Reptile Expos: Show details at

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

Cold Blooded Expo: July 31 in Overland Park, KS. Show details at

Lone Star Reptile Expo: July 16-17 in 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: July 17 in Brook Park, OH. Details at

Indiana Reptile Breeders' Expo: June 26 in Clarksville, IN. More details at

Snake Days: in 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: June 26 in Manchester, NH. Show details at

Midwest Reptile Show: June 26 in Indianapolis, IN. Show details at

New York Metro Reptile Show: July 24 in White Plains, NY. Show details at

Repticon: Show details at

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

Reptile Super Show: August 13-14 in Pomona, CA. Show details at

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

National Reptile Breeders' Expo: August 19-21 in Daytona, FL. Details at

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

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

International Herpetological Symposium: Show details at

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