Constrictor Rule Update

Constrictor Rule Comment Reopens

The notice will publish tomorrow (6/24/14) announcing a 30-day comment period. Comments will have a deadline of Thursday, July 24. This comment period relates to Boa constrictors, Reticulated python, DeSchauensee’s anaconda, Green anaconda and Beni anaconda. These species were not included in the 2012 rule and remain in limbo as the rule has not been finalized.

USFWS is re-opening comment in response to USARK’s legal arguments that the original 2010 proposed listing was “stale” due to new scientific information. USARK will be submitting detailed comments in response and will provide talking points for others. We will provide updates and additional information soon.

The USFWS bulletin can be viewed at www.usark.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/USFWS_Large_Constrictor_Snake_bulletin.FINAL_..pdf.

A draft of the FWS letter to reopen comment can be viewed at www.usark.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Notice_of_Reopening_of_Comment.pdf.

RAACA Raffle

The raffle ends July 4th and one person will win over $35,000 in prizes! Buy tickets and check out what you can win at www.raaca.net. Also, be sure to visit and join the Reptile And Amphibian Charity Auction (RAACA) page at www.facebook.com/groups/RAACAUCTIONS to stay updated and get some intermittent comic relief. A huge thank you to all involved from USARK, including Jordan Russell, Myke Clarkson, Houssam Istanbouli and the sponsors: Freedom Breeder, BHB Reptiles, The Reptile Shop, SC Constrictors, The Boaphile (Jeff Ronne), TSK Feeders and Herp Nation Media.

Daytona National Reptile Breeders' Expo

This show celebrates it's 25th anniversary in 2014! It happens August 15-17 in Daytona, FL. Thanks to show promoter Wayne Hill, the NRBE auction has raised $100,000 to benefit USARK. NRBE auctions have benefited many other organizations and conservation efforts, too. Get more details at www.reptilebreedersexpo.com.

International Herpetological Symposium (IHS)

The 37th IHS hits Riverside, CA on July 16-19. This event includes talks from noted herpers including Bill Love, Russ Gurley, Sean Bush, Jeff Lemm, Jim Harrison, Brian Barczyk and many others. This year will also include a chance to visit the L.A. Zoo and field-herping opportunities. Get all the details at www.internationalherpetologicalsymposium.com and Like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/InternationalHerpetologicalSymposium.

Reptile Super Show

It will be here soon! The Reptile Super Show is July 12-13 at the Concourse/Civic Center in downtown San Diego, CA. The USARK benefit auction is Saturday night at 6:30. This is one of the largest shows of 2014. Come join in the fun of the Reptile Super Show and show your support for USARK. Thank you to Ramy and the Super Show crew for your continued support. Get show details at www.reptilesupershow.com/san-diego.

Other News/Events
 
Summer Croc Fest: June 28 at Carl Barden's Reptile Discovery Center/Venom Lab in Deland, FL. This event will raise funds to help save the critically endangered Gharial and the critically endangered Philippine crocodile. Get more details at www.facebook.com/SaveTheCrocodiles. Thank you to the organizers: Colette Adams, Curt Harbsmieir, Shawn Heflick and Flavio Morrissiey.

National Amphibian Expo: August 9 in Indianapolis, IN. Get more details at www.naexpo.org/show and buy shirts at www.teespring.com/naexpo.

National Reptile Breeders' Expo (NRBE): August 15-17 in Daytona, FL. NRBE celebrates 25 years! Get more details at www.reptilebreedersexpo.com.

Reptile Super Show: August 9-10 in Pomona, CA. Get more details at www.reptilesupershow.com/los-angeles.

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Article written by USARK