Newsletter: January 19, 2022

Reptile Super Show

A reptile show that stretches across acres? Yes. The Reptile Super Show is that big! Not only is it in the largest building at the Fairplex, but it will also be filled with vendors who have been anticipating this show for two years. It has indeed been that long since the last Pomona show and the Reptile Super Show is ready and waiting.

“The Reptile Super Show is meant to educate the public about pets they may otherwise never get the chance to know, but we are also passionate about captive breeding and keeping the populations of some of the world’s most interesting creatures alive and well. Educational, fun, and no doubt exciting, the Reptile Super Show is all about showing off animals to the world that deserve our attention. This show opens your eyes to a world you may have previously disregarded. There is no better place to make the decision about bringing home a reptile pet because all of the best animals and supplies are going to be available, along with professional breeders who can educate you about how to properly care for your new family member.”

The USARK benefit auction is right after the show on Saturday night at 7:00 in the Sheraton hotel next to the Fairplex (601 W McKinley Ave). Stick around and support our work to protect your freedom to have reptiles and amphibians as pets. The auction is FREE to attend and everyone is welcome. We’ll have a preview of the many donations at our booth. Just stop by for details.

As a preview, Hidden Forest Art Gallery has donated this fantastic piece (pic below). This original oil painting of a Gray’s spiny-tailed iguana is valued at $7,500. They are also sending a Panamanian mola quilt and a handmade snake bracelet. Thank you, Gamini and Lisa! These are just some of the hundreds of donations.

There will be live and silent auctions, and we’ll wrap it up quickly so everyone can enjoy the remainder of the evening. We appreciate everyone who donates and attends as USARK would not be possible without these auctions and our supporters. Thank you to Ramy and the Super Show crew for your continued USARK and herp community support.

Get full show details at Reptiles For Sale | Los Angeles, CA January 22-23 2022 | Reptile Super Show.

January 22-23
Saturday: 10am-6pm
Super Show After Party and USARK Fundraiser: 7:00 pm
Sunday: 11am-5pm

Pomona Fairplex/Los Angeles County Fairgrounds
1101 W. McKinley Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768

ALERT: North Carolina

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) has proposed new rules regarding keeping and importing (into North Carolina) reptiles and other animals. The biggest issues for herpetoculture in this proposal include a ban on all tegus and import permit requirement for native herp species. There are also changes to the native turtle species regulation.

The comment deadline is January 31, 2022. The hearing date is below. The hearing is virtual and you must register prior. If you have issues with or oppose any of these proposals, you must contact NCWRC and speak at the hearing for there to be any possibility of stopping overreach and unintended consequences. Remember to be civil and professional at all times!

Full details (hearing date, Talking Points, proposal text, etc.) at Alert: North Carolina Rule Changes | USARK - United States Association of Reptile Keepers

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Hearing Date: Thursday, January 20, 2022
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Register Online at Webinar Registration - Zoom

National Ban on Animal Programs

We have updated our alert to include the House companion bill. Since the Senate and House each have a bill, you should contact your Senators and Representative. Senate Bill 3220 and House Bill 5999 prohibit using certain animals (list below that even includes tortoises and small monitors) in “traveling animal acts,” which will include the educational outreach programs provided by many animal keepers. S3220/HR5999 would amend Section 13 of the Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 24 2143) to include this ban on animal programs.

This bill, titled “Traveling Animal and Public Safety Protection Act of 2021,” includes an introduction rife with misinformation with the intent to spark emotion while misleading the reader. The animal rights groups always fight with emotion over fact and they target legislators who fall for their games or sympathize with the animal rights agenda to remove all animals from our lives. This is an animal rights written bill! A legislator did not author this bill. Animal rights is a radical ideology against keeping any animals under human care (i.e. no pets, no livestock, no zoos, etc.). It is far different than animal welfare which supports animals being kept humanely.

Read more and take action at Federal Traveling Animal Act Ban | 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