The Calusa Herpetological Society
Of Southwest Florida

Thursday, April 5, 2007  - 7:00 pm

 TONIGHT’S  EVENT : Tonight Dr. Logan Randolph is coming down from Clearwater to speak on Herp Diversity in the Bahamas.  The Commonwealth of the Bahamas is just a short flight away from Florida, but few of us realize how rich and different the Bahamian herp diversity is.  Because the nation of islands is spread out over 1000 miles, each island has developed its own collection of species.  Bahamian Iguanas range from San Salvador’s 3-foot orange and yellow lizards to the 5 – 6-foot-long red and black beauties found on Andros.  Bahamian boas show similar variation, ranging from 3 – 4-foot spotted adults in the Abacos to the richly patterned hefty 7 – 9-foot long Andros Boa.  Other Bahamian herp species show equally rich diversity throughout the islands. 

MEETING SITE : In Ft. Myers, Florida at the Calusa Nature Center , near Colonial Blvd. (S. R. 884) and Interstate 75. Get off I-75 at exit #136 (old exit #22) and go west (towards the coast) on 884 (Colonial Blvd.) for one-half mile, then turn right at the first traffic light onto Ortiz Ave., and then left into the Nature Center after only one-quarter mile. The Iona House meeting site is an older dark green house located to the left (as you enter the grounds) at the rear of the complex, back near where the school busses are parked.  The meeting opens at 7:00 pm, and the speaker usually starts no later than 7:15 pm.  Non-members must pay $3.00 at the door to attend the meeting. Click HERE for a map to the meeting site.  After this meeting, all attendees are invited to join "the core" for an informal nightcap at Uno's Pizzeria on Daniels Rd. just west of I-75. We will gather there after this meeting which ends at 8:30 pm.

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. We average 35 – 70 people attending every meeting.

Cookies and cold soda, a nightly raffle of live herps, herp products, and books follow each speaker's talk, and lots of herp camaraderie, gossip, and fun can be counted upon at all meetings !

For more info , call (239) 728-2390 or (239) 481-3525 or  EMAIL:   

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