Newsletter 10/6/21 - NARBC Tinley Park

It has been long enough! NARBC Tinley Park is back and it is this weekend. The wait has been two years and the Tinley crowd is ready!

Not only has it been two years since the last one, but Bob and Brian are celebrating something a little special at this show… a 20th anniversary! Actually, it has been 21 years since the first NARBC Tinley Park but due to no shows possible last year, the celebration is this weekend!

Do not forget about the USARK benefit auction Saturday night following the show.

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.”

Included in this auction, along with LOTS of other items, are two awesome original paintings from Hidden Forest Art Gallery. The first painting is vertically oriented featuring an iguana and a macaw. The second features an American alligator and babies. Both can be previewed at the bottom of this newsletter. Thanks again, Gamini and Lisa! All show attendees are welcome to attend the auction!

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:

Friday: Setup and VIP
Saturday, October 9: 10:00-5:00 (VIP at 7:30 AM)
Auction: 6:00 PM Saturday (preview open ASAP after show)
Sunday, October 10: 11:00-4:00 (VIP at 10:00 AM)

Tinley Park Convention Center
18451 Convention Center Drive
Tinley Park, IL 60477

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 appetizers and a cash bar. You must buy tickets at the USARK booth for admittance.

ALERT: Robeson County, NC

Full alert and details at ALERT: Robeson County, NC | USARK - United States Association of Reptile Keepers.

Robeson County, North Carolina has proposed a ban on certain reptiles and “wild and dangerous animals.” Local residents should engage. A county law would apply to all unincorporated areas (those living outside of city limits) of Robeson County. The definition will include some reptiles, including those already regulated under state law.

The Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on this ordinance on Monday, November 1. If passed, failure to remove the animals within 24 hours will be a Class 1 misdemeanor with a $500 fine for each violation. Failure to remove animals in 48 hours will allow for seizure and/or euthanization.

The current state law is North Carolina General Statute, Chapter 14, Article 55. Titled “Regulation of Certain Reptiles,” (or just “Article 55”), it can be found at

More at ALERT: Robeson County, NC | USARK - United States Association of Reptile Keepers.
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Membership T-shirt Update

All t-shirts from our backlogged membership orders are shipping this week! You will receive an email with tracking information. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we remedied our shipping issues.

Members who joined through September 26 will be getting their shirts this week or next (except possibly international orders which will take longer to arrive). We will get shirts out in a timely manner moving forward. The only membership shirts not shipped are some 5X size orders. We are out of stock and will order ASAP. If you want to replace a 5X order with another size, send an email at Have a good day.

Shipping Live Herps Responsibly and Ethically

Animal welfare is both a priority and a special concern when shipping live reptiles and amphibians. When conditions around shipping pose a hazard that cannot be otherwise mitigated, reptiles should not be shipped.

Read our full statement at Shipping Live Herps Responsibly and Ethically | USARK - United States Association of Reptile Keepers.

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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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