The Calusa Herpetological Society
Of Southwest Florida

Thursday, October 4, 2007  - 7:00 pm

Daniel Parker
, will have the floor tonight for a presentation about the Rat Snakes of the Elaphe obsoleta / bairdi complex.  Daniel has specialized in collecting and breeding members of this diverse species of U.S. rat snakes Ė the yellow, Everglades, black, Texas, grey, Deckertís and Bairdís rats -- for the past half decade.  He has traveled to seek them in the wild, retaining some from specific localities to reproduce in captivity.  His efforts have allowed him to amass much specific information on the group while many other herpers have turned their attention to corn, king and milk snakes instead.  Címon out tonight to learn how interesting this species is and how its looks and habits vary across its range.  Daniel will present his talk in a colorful PowerPoint presentation, but heíll also bring some live specimens in to illustrate why they appeal to him so much.  If you keep any snakes in this group, feel free to bring them to the meeting to add to the discussion and enjoyment of the evening.

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 Ė 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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