NARBC St. Charles/St. Louis (auction on Saturday night)
NARBC heads back to St. Charles for its final show of 2022! This is a growing expo where you will see vendors who do not attend other area shows. Be sure to hit this one to see some of the best breeders and businesses in herpetoculture.

USARK will be there and we will be having a Saturday night auction. The auction room will open at 7:00 following the Happy Hour at the Embassy Suites that starts at 5:30. We have a huge banquet room with plenty of seats so please come and join us! Everyone is welcome to attend and bid on the hundreds of donations. Thank you to all donors, members, and supporters who make USARK possible!

Show Schedule:
Friday: Setup and VIP
Saturday, November 12: 10:00-5:00 (VIP at 7:30 AM)
Auction: AUCTION on Saturday night! The room opens at 7:00 and the auction starts at 7:30.
Sunday, November 13: 11:00-4:00 (VIP at 10:00 AM)
Saint Charles Convention Center
1 Convention Center Plaza
St. Charles, MO 63303

Get full show details at Thank you to NARBC for their continued support!
USARK Shirts are Available Online
Our shop is open at (or just click the "Shop" link in the menu) to purchase our current t-shirt (picture at the bottom of this newsletter).

This screen-printed, cotton/polyester blend shirt is extremely soft and wrinkle-resistant with a slightly modern fit (but true to size). U.S. domestic shipping is free! Plus, one USARK sticker per shirt is included.
ALERT: Northampton, MA
Northampton is proposing an “exotic/wild animals in entertainment ban.” The proposal states, “It shall be unlawful for any Person to conduct, sponsor, exhibit, or provide entertainment that includes live Wild or Exotic Animals on any public or private land within the City of Northampton, MA.” The ordinance has been recommended by council members Jim Nash and Karen Foster and is being heard by the Legislative Matters Committee on November 14. There is a list of species included in this ban.

Full details at
USARK FL: FWC Commission Meeting
The September meeting was canceled due to Hurricane Ian. The next meeting is scheduled for November 30 - December 1 in Panama City. The agenda will be posted at

From USARK FL: USARK Florida has presented a Proposal for the Captive Breeding of Diamondback Terrapins to FWC.

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.
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:
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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