NARBC Tinley Park Recap

NARBC Tinley Park Recap

NARBC Tinley Park was another great show. The room was filled with loads of incredible animals and vendors from across the country.

The Saturday night benefit auction was another success that raised over $28,000! Besides USARK, money was raised for rattlesnake conservation through the Rattlesnake Preservation Trust (Lone Star Rattlesnake Days), and Danny Steele and his family. Thanks to all auction donors and bidders!

The auction began with loads of important announcements from Robyn Markland of The Reptile Report (TRR) and Ship Your Reptiles. Robyn presented TRR "Best of" Awards, aired a compilation video from last year's winners, and introduced the plan for a herpetoculture hall of fame. Following this, Robyn presented a check to USARK in the amount of $5,000 from Ship Your Reptiles (SYR). SYR has also raised over $25,000 for USARK through their micro-donation program, which allows shippers to make small donations to USARK with shipments. Thank you for your continued support, SYR, TRR, Robyn, and Chad Brown!

USARK must give a huge thank you to all involved to make this show great, not just for USARK, but for all of us. This includes saying thank you to show promoters Bob Ashley and Brian Potter. It was another fantastic NARBC.
Also, thank you to all donors who made the auction possible. Without your donations, there would be no auctions. Without auctions, there would not be USARK to protect our freedom to keep herps as pets.

As always, a huge thank you goes to our volunteers. Without them to collect auctions items, set up the event, collect payments and run the USARK booth, these fundraisers would not happen.

Volunteers: Donnie "Morti" and Michelle "Ldydrgn" Smith, Kristin Deegee, Stevie, Chad Gaines (self-proclaimed best volunteer ever), Dustin Thompson, Cindy Steinle, Chris from The Bug Brothers and Kayla, Rob Cook, Steve and Tammi Hamm, Russ Gurley, Jason Mathews, NyAnn, Taya, Jessie, Meg, Nick and Brandi

And now, we will recognize all donors for the auction. Thank you!

$2,000+: Ty Park, Timberline, Zoo Med, Zilla

$1,000+: Burke Reptiles, Sal Daddy Retics, Brad Boa Reptiles, The Gourmet Rodent, Prehistoric Pets, In Your Face Exotix, Gilbert Boas, Renick Reptiles, Marc Bailey Reptiles, American Reef & Reptile Expo, Protean Terrarium

$500+: Diego Velarde, Doug Barr, Nick and Nick Glauner, R & R Boas, The Boaphile Jeff Ronne, Hurqley's Herps, Goss Reptiles, Serpentine Obssessions, C Serpents Racks, JD Constriction, Top Hat Crickets, Don Wheeler, Exo Terra, Men of Herpetoculture, LLL Reptile, The Rep Room, Bailey & Bailey Reptiles, Conley Herps, Great Lakes Constrictors

$250+: JMG Reptile, Ton Jones, Zick's Meats, Brian Potter, ECO Wear and Publishing, 5 Generations Bakers/Scott Hollabaugh, Russell Pearl, Russ Gurley, Black Magic Reptiles, Garrick Demeyer, CF Snakes, Bug Brothers, Freedom Breeder, Pangea Reptile, John Chausmer, Kick's Balls, Reptile Basics, Shells & Scales, Bill Love, JKR, Crested Creations, Adam Chesla Reptiles

Other donations: Magnum Geckos, Dustin Thompson, Sand Boas by Scott Miller, Kiel Burkhammer, The Gerstners, Roger and Holly Carter, RJS Reptiles, Twin Cities Reptiles, Michele Ann Studios, Zerkle Reptile, Lucky Find Geckos, Great Lakes Geckos & More, JurassiPet, Brian 317, Leapin' Leachies, Supreme Gecko, Ridiculous Rhacs, Gaia Gecko, Animal House Pets & Supplies, Chicago Reptile House, Dart Frog Connection, Tundra Exotics, Cool Constriction, Joe Hupp Geckos, Revolution Reptiles, Sundown Reptiles, Pro Herps, Carolina Designer Dragons, Happy Gecko, Shannon Smith, Dark Side Geckos, Sunshine Geckos, Stoned Gecko, Strictly Reptiles, Ken Kamimski, Nadilyn Beato, Arachno Addict, Theresa Moran, The Urban Herp, Dubia Roaches, Rainforest Junkies, Charlie Redmon, Reptile Express, Tall Grass Reptiles, Carpe Gecko, Peoria Snake Den, Samurai Japan, Creepy Exotics, LGP Gecko, Steel City Reptiles, GLK Herp, Zoological Supply

Our apologies if we missed anyone. Please send an email to and let us know if you donated and were not mentioned.

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 has an upcoming hearing on April 1 regarding our lawsuit challenging the authority of FWS to prohibit interstate transportation of species 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
Kentucky Reptile Expo: March 26 in Shepherdsville, KY. More details at

Pacific Northwest Reptile and Exotic Animal Show: April 2-3 in Hillsboro, OR. Details at and

Cin City Reptile Show: April 3 in Fairfield, OH. More details at

New England Reptile Expo: April 3 in Manchester, NH. Show details at

Cold Blooded Expo: April 3 in Broken Arrow, OK. Show details at

Chicago Herp Society ReptileFest: April 9-10 in Chicago, IL. The Nation's largest educational reptile and amphibian show!. Details at

All Maryland Reptile Show: April 9 in Havre de Grace, MD. Show details at

Midwest Reptile Show: April 10 in Indianapolis, IN. Show details at

Reptile Breeders Show: April 16-17 in Lodi, CA. Show details at

New York Metro Reptile Show:
 April 17 in White Plains, NY. Show details at

Indiana Reptile Breeders' Expo: April 17 in Clarksville, IN. More details at

All Ohio Reptile Show: April 23 in Hilliard, OH. More details at

Nebraska Reptile Breeders' Expo: April 24 in Omaha, NE. Show details at

All Cleveland Reptile Show: April 24 in Brook Park, OH. Details at

Lone Star Rattlesnake Days: April 31-May 1 in Austin Texas. Event details at

Cold Blooded Expo: May 15 in Overland Park, KS. Show details at

Lone Star Reptile Expo: May 21-22 in Arlington, TX. Show details at and

Snake Days: June 3-5 in Sanderson, TX. Details at

International Herpetological Symposium: June 22-25 in St. Louis, MO. Show details at
OKC Elite Reptile Show:  in Oklahoma City, OK. Show details soon at

Repticon: Show details at

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

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

National Reptile Breeders' Expo: August 21-23 in Daytona, FL. Details at

NARBC Arlington: September 24-25 in Arlington, 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

Western Maryland Reptile Show: Frederick, MD. Show details at

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

Reptile Super Show: in Pomona, CA. Show details at

Buffalo Niagara Reptile Expo: Amherst, NY. Show details

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

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

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