NARBC Arlington, TX
The biggest reptile show in Texas is this weekend! This show just keeps growing and this will be a great show (as always). There will tons to see and if it is herp-related, it will be at this show. All regional herp keepers should be headed to the Dallas area this weekend. Vendors come from across the U.S. and this show draws attendees from many states.
Do not forget about the USARK benefit auction Saturday night following the show. Included in this auction, along with LOTS of other items, is a custom donation from Lone Star Reptiles. We will just say that it has Texas written all over it. Well, actually, it has USARK and NARBC all over it and you will just have to attend the auction to see it. Thank you, Lone Star Reptiles, and all other donors!
The auction has both live and silent portions so there are opportunities for everyone. Show attendees can come and hang out with the vendors while enjoying the always amusing antics performed by Brian Potter.
USARK appreciates the continued support from Bob, Brian, and the NARBC crew.
Show Schedule:
Saturday, Sept. 24: 10:00 am 5:00 pm
Benefit Auction (Sheraton hotel): Auction preview (room opens) at 5:30. The auction will start at 6:00.
The auction is FREE and open to everyone.
Sunday, Sept. 25: 11:00 am 4:00 pm
Show location:
Arlington Convention Center
1200 Ballpark Way
Arlington, TX 76011
(The auction will be at the Sheraton hotel next door to the show.)
More information at
AUCTION NOTE: There will be adult-oriented language and shenanigans at the auction. While everyone is welcome, parents should be advised if bringing children. There will be free appetizers and a cash bar.

From NARBC: "The auction is our way of supporting USARK. It's a great time for getting together after the show Saturday night with friends from all over the world. If you don't know who USARK is, you need to find out. The night includes an auction with 100% of the proceeds going to USARK. We ask that everyone attending give something for the auction. Your help will be returned to you as USARK fights for our rights to own and sell herps."
ALERT: Georgia
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has proposed bans on certain animal species, including some reptiles. You can read the full alert at Reptile species on the list include Argentine black and white tegus, Burmese pythons, Indian pythons, and others. The list can be found at the alert link.
Comments must be submitted by 5:00 EST on September 30, 2022 via:

  1. Email submitted to;
  2. telephone (706-557-3223);
  3. the Wildlife Resources Division website;
  4. written statements mailed to the attention of Brett Albanese at:

Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division
2067 U.S. Highway 278, S.E. Social Circle, Georgia 30025
The Board of Natural Resources will consider adoption of these proposals and any comments received during the public comment process at its meeting at 9:00 a.m. on October 25, 2022 at Fort McAllister State Park, Group Shelter, 3894 Fort McAllister Road, Richmond Hill, Georgia 31324.
USARK FL: FWC Commission Meeting
From USARK FL: USARK Florida has presented a Proposal for the Captive Breeding of Diamondback Terrapins to FWC. On Day 1 of the upcoming FWC Meeting, FWC staff and a "guest expert" will be discussing the captive breeding of Diamondback Terrapins. Members of the public may comment.

See the agenda here:

FWC Commission Meeting
Hilton Miami Dadeland
9100 North Kendall Dr
Miami, FL
September 28-29, 2022 8:30am

For too long, Florida's reptile breeders have been deprived of the opportunity to economically benefit from this native, non-invasive turtle species.

Bans on the captive breeding of turtles as recommended by law enforcement officials do not have conservation benefits supported by scientific studies.

The availability of captive-born offspring to supply markets has been shown to reduce poaching in other reptile species.

Florida breeders want the opportunity to work with legally acquired captive-bred terrapins, not wild-caught terrapins. They are not asking to work with "wild animals" or "wildlife."

FWC already has a permitting system for captive terrapins that requires detailed photos for identification purposes.

FDACS division of Aquaculture has been very supportive of our proposal and has told us that they can administrate the program so there will be no additional cost to FWC.

Governments and organizations all over the world are embracing captive breeding as a conservation solution.

The government of Colombia has endorsed a captive breeding program for Dart frogs to supply to market with captive-bred animals as an alternative to wild-caught.

Farming and commercialization of many crocodilian species have been recognized by the IUCN crocodilian specialist group as being essential to conservation efforts.
McVeigh Fundraiser
"Ryan traveled from the Chicago area to south Texas to make a business call at Gladys Porter Zoo. While driving in the middle of Texas nowhere, he had a bad accident in his 2020 Dodge. Fortunately, Ryan and his passenger are ok. Unfortunately, due to a communication issue, the auto he thought was insured - was not. After recently starting his own business, sustaining this damage to his uninsured, financed vehicle is a setback that could devastate his business and his family."

View the fundraiser at
Herpetological Conservation International Fundraiser
As you all know HCI is a grassroots reptile and amphibian conservation organization with several projects around the world funded by a mix of gracious donors, members, and our fundraisers like T-shirts and the annual auction. Over the past two years, we took an auction hiatus due to the pandemic, but it's coming back! That means we need donations of art, books, and collectibles.

Art Auction Details:
Submission Deadline November 12th
Auction dates: November 13-19th

All we need from you by the deadline is a photo of the work, your name, website, and the best email address to contact you. If the item is shipping internationally, please indicate it as such. Send all submissions via DM to the HCI Facebook Page. Thank you all for being the support that makes HCI possible.

HCI Facebook page:
Gladys Poter Zoo Raffle for a new Jeep Wrangler
Gladys Porter Zoo is celebrating its 51st year in 2022! And to make it extra special, we are excited to announce that Boggus Tipton is donating a 2022 Jeep Wrangler to be raffled as part of our annual Zoofari fundraiser. Tickets are now on sale for $100 and can be purchased at the Zoo office, at, or from a Valley Zoological Society board member. Tickets will be available for purchase online at until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 7, 2022.

Get full details at
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
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