FL regs., Black Pine Snakes, Rafflles and more...
Florida Exotic Animal Regulations
Update on Florida import requirement enforcement:
During a recent tour by Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) captive wildlife/law enforcement staff to the Gourmet Rodent facility outside of Gainesville, USARK’s legal consultant, along with Mike Layman and Bill Brant, had the opportunity to discuss recent concerns. This included FWC’s most recent efforts to apply and enforce an existing regulation that requires all imports of non-native species into the state to first obtain a permit, a process that can take up to 2-3 weeks.
USARK Counsel Joan Galvin, Brant and Layman provided examples of how this requirement will disrupt business operations and place undue burdens on licensees seeking to bring new animals into the state. Staff agreed to take the issue back to FWC and see if a more manageable system could be put in place that: (1) allows licensees to more easily import while (2) ensuring that the state has the information required under existing regulations.
The proposed solution, which will be implemented in January, is as follows:
• FWC will require a state import permit, per the existing regulations; however
• Licensees can apply for a “master permit” at the beginning of the calendar
year that will be good for the entire year;
• The permit application should indicate all species that may be imported
(generally all species you are currently authorized to hold, per your license);
• With a “master permit," the permit holder need only notify FWC within 72
after the import occurs;
• Permits can be amended throughout the year with additional species, as needed.
The master permit should reduce paperwork and lead-time and should more easily allow for last minute imports or those that occur over a weekend.
For those who anticipate imports prior to the end of 2014 and before the new application is available, you should contact either Maj. Ron Cave (Ron.Cave@myFWC.com) or Capt. Kara Hooker at (Kara.Hooker@myFWC.com) to arrange for an interim “master permit."

USARK will continue to work on this issue.

The regulations and more information can be found at 
Finally, the FWC is planning a series of “stakeholder” workshops to take public comments and suggestions about the current captive wildlife rules and regulations. Stakeholders and pet keepers can get details at http://usark.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/FWC-2014-Workshops.pdf.

Black Pine Snakes
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will publish a proposed rule on October 7 regarding the Black Pine snake (Pituophis melanoleucus lodingi). They will recommend its listing as a "threatened" species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) along with proposing a section 4(d) rule. 4(d) rules can be used to relax normal ESA restrictions and reduce conflicts between people and the protections provided to the threatened species.

FWS is seeking public comments on this proposal. All comments and information should be received by December 2, 2014 (45 days after publication in the Federal Register). View the pre-publication FWS document at https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2014-23673.pdf.

This rule proposes to list the black pinesnake (Pituophis melanoleucus lodingi) as a 4 
threatened species. In addition, we are proposing a rule under section 4(d) of the Act that 
outlines the prohibitions and conservation actions necessary and advisable for the 
conservation of the black pinesnake as a threatened species."

How to comment:

(1) At www.regulations.gov: enter FWS–R4–ES–2014–0046 in the Search box. You may submit a comment by clicking on “Comment Now!” 

 (2) Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to:
Public Comments Processing,
Attn: FWS–R4–ES–2014–0046;
Division of Policy and Directives Management;
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; MS: BPHC;
5275 Leesburg Pike;
Falls Church, VA 22041-3803.

For additional information contact: Stephen Ricks, Field Supervisor, 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mississippi Ecological Services Field Office, 6578 
Dogwood View Parkway, Jackson, MS 39214; telephone 601-321-1122

Lonestar Reptile Expo
Thank you to Gillian and Dan who covered the USARK booth at the Lonestar Reptile Expo last weekend to spread awareness of USARK. Also, thanks to the show promoters, Otis and Meleah, for allowing USARK to have a booth. Get details about these shows at www.facebook.com/LSRExpos and www.lonestarreptileexpos.com/.
RAACA Raffle III: Costa Rica!

Tickets are on sale now! There are four amazing prizes and this raffle is impressive. Buy tickets and get all details at www.raaca.net. Ticket sales end Friday, October 31st at 6:00 PM PST/9:00 EST.

RAACA has provided a printable image at the bottom of this newsletter (click for larger version). This can be printed and displayed at retail stores and reptile shows to help raise money and support USARK. The smart phone scannable QR code makes it easy to buy tickets. Thanks, RAACA and donors!

1st Place Prize:
Trip for 2 to Costa Rica!
*Includes round trip flights & hotel expense
Also includes $1,000.00 cash!
Trip will be your choice of November (16th - 21st) OR (23rd - 28th) departure and return dates.
Guided field herping is optionally included (2 days) at no charge.
2nd Place Prize!

Ball & Boa Package 
Female 2014 Leopard 66% Het Albino 
Male Hypo 100% Het Leopard 66% Het Albino
$1,250.00 value Donated by David Nguyen
Ball Python:
0.1 2014 Enchi Fire Fly Female 145 grams
$900.00 value Donated by: White Diamond Reptiles

3rd Place Prize!
$500 gift certificate to LLL Reptile (donated by LLL Reptile)

4th Place Prize!
$250.00 gift certificate to The Rodent Barn (donated by The Rodent Barn)
Custom Herp Quilt Raffle
Tickets are still available! Online sales have ended, but new sticker tickets will be available at NARBC Tinley Park.  Proceeds benefit USARK and protect your freedom to keep herps as pets. Brought to you by Happy Gecko Sticky Situation and That Darn Crab. More photos at The Sticky Situation Project. Thanks, Rachel and Seri!

Herp Education Trailer

The Southern California Herpetological Association and Rescue (SCHAR) is one of the most active herp societies in the country. They also donate many hours to help USARK. Jason and crew do dozens of educational events annually and have an opportunity to purchase an enclosed trailer which will save time and money by streamlining their efforts. Make tax-deductible donations and learn more at www.gofundme.com/schatrailer.

Reptiles in the Classroom

Roaming Reptiles (Brandon Fowler in California and Chris Law in Florida) are working to enrich the learning environment for children through their Classroom Reptile Pet Program. Get more information and donate at www.gofundme.com/d2l92k. Thanks for getting out there, educating the public and supporting the herp community, Brandon and Chris!

Wounded Warrior Custom Cage Raffle
This is an impressive raffle featuring a custom display cage (photo below), loads of supplies and even a custom knife to benefit Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org). Get all details and see photos of everything at www.facebook.com/frilledwarrior. For questions and payments, send an email to frilledwarrior14@Hotmail.com. This is a $3,000+ value.

How to enter:
Bumper stickers for $10 ea. or 3 for $25. Each sticker is 1 entry.
Purchase a T-Shirt for 1 entry each. $10 of each shirt sold will be donated to Wounded Warrior.
2 styles: military green for $20 or black, gold, or pink digital camo for $25

The "Frilled Warrior" prize:
*Cage & Stand (total size is 4' x 6'4" x 2')
*New Guinea x Australian hybrid Frilled Dragon
*All heating and lighting 
*Humidity and Temp Gauges
*Herpstat 1
*Start-up feeder supply
*Custom knife donated by USARK President Phil Goss (photo below) with a custom leather sheath
*Free delivery anywhere in the lower 48 states
*And more!

Important Recent Newsletters (in case you missed them)
Other Events

Kentucky Reptile Expo: October 4 in Louisville, KY. More details at www.kentuckyreptileexpo.com/.

NARBC Tinley Park: October 11-12 in Tinley Park, IL.  Show details at www.narbc.com/Tinley/tinley_park.html.

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

Buffalo Niagara Reptile Expo: October 12 in Cheektowaga, NY. Show details at www.buffaloreptileexpo.com.

Cin City Reptile Show:  October 12 in Mason, OH. More details at www.cincityreptileshow.com.

Midwest Herpetological Symposium: October 17-19 in Indianapolis, IN. Get more details at www.hoosierherpsoc.org/pdf/SymposiumBrochure.pdf.

Midwest Reptile Show: October 19 in Indianapolis, IN. Show details at www.midwestreptile.com/index.php.

Oklahoma Reptile Expo: October 19 in Broken Arrow, OK. Stop by the USARK booth and see Chris. Show details at www.coldbloodedexpos.com/ok-reptile-expo/.

OKC Elite Reptile Show: November 1-2 in Oklahoma City, OK. Show details at www.facebook.com/groups/253753711444323/ and www.okcelitereptileshow.com/.

Tracy Reptile Show: November 1-2 in Tracy, CA. Show details at www.shedskin.net/Shedskin.net/2014_TRACY_REPTILE_EXPO.html.

Indiana Reptile Breeders' Expo: November 2 in Clarksville, IN. More details at www.irbexpo.com.

SEWERFEST Reptile Show: November 9 in Sturtevant, WI. Be sure to stop by the MAHS and USARK booths. Show details at www.sewerfest.com/.

2014 TTPG Conference on Turtles and Tortoises: November 12-14 in Mesa, AZ. Get details and register at www.ttpg.org/conference2014.html.

Phoenix Reptile Expo: November 15-16 in Mesa, AZ. Show details at www.phxreptileexpo.com/.

Northwest Reptile Expos: January 17 in Portland, OR. Show details at www.nwreptileexpos.com/.

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