The Calusa Herpetological Society
Of Southwest Florida

This Month's Meeting

Thursday, March 4, 2004  - 7:00 pm

TONIGHT’S  SPEAKER  - Making a special ‘guest’ appearance all the way from California’s Napa Valley, Skip Kruse will be presenting a slide show on his ongoing quest for a very rare herp indeed –- the northern Arizona milk snake.  What, never heard of it?  The North American milk snake complex is sparsely distributed over the northwestern part of its range.  A dedicated core of collectors has pursued obtaining specimens in this beautiful region of the country for over a decade.  Skip will show us many herps from the area, from Gila monsters to collared lizards to rattlesnakes, as he narrows the search down to his seldom-seen prize quarry.

Skip is a veteran herper with a great sense of humor.  He has ‘seen it all’ over a lifetime of keeping, breeding, and hunting herps across the western U.S. and Mexico.  He is also a founding member and continued supporter of the long-lived Northern California Herp Society.

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.  Click HERE for a map to the meeting site.  After each meeting, all attendees are invited to join "the core" for an informal nightcap at RJ Gator's Restaurant / Sports Bar on Colonial Blvd. where we usually gather following meetings which end 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 !

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