The Calusa Herpetological Society
Of Southwest Florida
Thursday, August 5, 2021 - 7:00 pm
& TOPIC: This
month’s speaker is an avid herp enthusiast and self-taught skink connoisseur Dakota
Nivens. Dakota is going to be giving us a live
animal presentation on the blue-tongued skinks of Indonesia and Papua New
Guinea (Tiliqua gigas ssp.) Dakota will be discussing with us their
natural history, the ethics of keeping, their specialized husbandry, breeding
notes, and subspecies determination.
Dakota has been keeping blue tongue skinks
for over 10 years and has been an active member in the community for 8 of
those. Dakota’s early interest in the New Guinean bluetongues has led him
into some interesting opportunities over the years: he has two photographs of
his skinks published in the book: “A Guide to Keeping Australian Skinks in
Captivity” by Dr. Danny Brown, he authored an article for an e-magazine on
blue-tongued skinks for the Madison Herpetological Society, and he bred and
produced both the Merauke and Northern blue-tongued skink by age 19.
In addition to his presentation, Dakota
will be displaying his herpetological artwork available to buy; they are framed
prints of his original work on wildlife. Half of the proceeds will be
donated back into Calusa Herpetological Society. Consider supporting a
local artist; I encourage you to bring some cash!
WHO'S INVITED ? You are! Anyone with an interest in any aspect of herpetology or herpetoculture is welcome to attend, learn, and exchange their experiences with our friendly membership. Come out to meet others who keep, breed or study reptiles and amphibians, and let them share their fascination with you.
For more info, call (239) 810-9425 or EMAIL: email@example.com