The Calusa Herpetological Society
Of Southwest Florida

Thursday, May 7, 20157:00 pm

7 Days of Herping in Costa Rica


Tonight's speaker is Eric Russell.  The title of his talk is "7 Days of Herping in Costa Rica". In December 2013, Eric and his wife went to Costa Rica for 7 days (+2 travel days) on their honeymoon.  As neither of them had been to Costa Rica before, they wanted to see as much of the country and its wildlife as possible.  They visited the Caribbean, Pacific, and Volcano areas of the country and came across many reptiles and amphibians along the way.   Eric will present a travelogue documenting the many amphibians, reptiles and insects he and his wife encountered.


Eric studied Zoology & Marine Biology at Humboldt State University in Northern California. Six months of those studies were in Australia.  He has worked for the USDA Forest Service and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as a biologist monitoring turtles and amphibians.  He has been working for the past 6 1/2 years for ZooMed Labs Inc. as the Southeastern Sales Director.  Eric has been keeping and breeding amphibians and reptiles for over 20 years.



Herp of the Month (May 2015)

The herp of the month is the Barbour's map turtle (Graptemys barbouri), a native Florida species. There will be a short 5-10 minute presentation on this species and a live example.


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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