The Calusa Herpetological Society
Of Southwest Florida

Thursday July 7, 20167:00 pm


The speaker for this evening will be Jordan Donini.   The title of his talk is "Diamondback Terrapins: Life History and Reproduction with some Notes from the Field & Lab ".  Jordan grew up in Southwest Florida and began keeping and working with reptiles from a very early age. He attended FGCU and received a Bachelors in Biology with focus on organismal biology. He also worked at the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) on Sanibel for several years before attaining a Masters degree in Biology at Southeastern Louisiana University.  His research focuses on reproductive biology and physiology in turtles, with major emphasis on Diamondback Terrapins in Florida and Louisiana.

Diamondback Terrapins have an interesting life history, filling in coastal niches from the Texas Gulf, up though the Northeastern United states. Terrapins appear to have differences in reproductive output through-out this range, which may be due to variations in the temperatures they experience. In this talk we’ll discuss a little about their life history, their reproductive biology, and my personal experiences with their reproductive physiology with some interesting notes from the field.



The Herp-of-the Month will be the Eastern Narrow-mouthed toad (Gastrophryne carolinensis carolinensis)


After Meeting Dinner

Do you want to talk herps for another hour or two after the meeting? Don't forget to come out to Stevie Tomatoes (a sports bar and grill) on Daniels Blvd and I-75 after the meeting, for food and plenty of informal herp talk with the speaker and other meeting attendees.

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 20 – 35 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 !

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