FL Captive Wildlife Workshops and Black Pine Snakes
Black Pine Snakes
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has recommended the Black Pine snake (Pituophis melanoleucus lodingi) be listed as a "threatened" species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). USARK needs information from anyone working with this species (breeders, conservationists, etc.) in order to support the comment we submit. Please reply to this email or send an email to info@usark.org if you can assist.

The comment deadline is December 8, 2014. All information and comment link can be found at 

Florida Captive Wildlife Workshops

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is hosting a series of public workshops to help shape captive wildlife regulations in Florida. These workshops will give the public the opportunity to provide feedback on current captive wildlife rules and recommendations for regulations.

The main topics for discussion will be administration, husbandry/experience, caging and licensing. Workshops will be held from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at each of the eight locations. Anyone interested in captive wildlife rules and regulations in Florida is encouraged to attend.


December 16, 2014
Embassy Suites
10220 Palm River Road
Tampa, Florida 33619

December 17, 2014 Embassy Suites
Fort Myers-Estero
10450 Corkscrew Commons Drive
Estero, Florida 33928

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, 2014
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

Wow! Amazing generosity for iguanas!

Ty Park, of Ty's Lizards, has issued a challenge! Ty will donate $2 for every $1 donated to the International Iguana Foundation, and $1 for every new page "like" for the IIF Facebook page (www.facebook.com/InternationalIguanaFoundation), from now until the end of the year, up to $15,000! Take Ty's challenge! Share and like the IIF page. Donate via the link below! Help the IIF protect the worlds rarest lizards! When you make your donation, be sure and write "Ty's Challenge" in the comment box to double your donation! http://iguanafoundation.org/contribute/.
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. The direct link to purchase tickets is www.usarkraffleready.raffleready.com/costa-rica.

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!

Other News and Events

Kentucky Reptile Expo: October 25 in Evansville, IN. More details at www.kentuckyreptileexpo.com/.

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.

Iowa Reptile Show and Sale: November 2 in Des Moines, IA. Show details at www.iowareptileshows.com/.

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

Cin City Reptile Show: November 8 in Mason, OH. More details at www.cincityreptileshow.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/.

Repticon Atlanta: November 8-9 in Lawrenceville, GA. Show details at www.repticon.com/atlanta.html.

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

All Ohio Reptile Show: November 15 in Hilliard, OH. More details at www.allohioreptileshows.webs.com.

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

Repticon North Carolina: November 22-23 in Raleigh, NC. Show details at 

New York Metro Reptile Expo: November 30 in White Plains, NY. Show details at www.reptileexpo.com/nyfirst.htm.

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

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

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