The Calusa Herpetological Society
Of Southwest Florida

Thursday, October 3, 20207:00 pm on Zoom

Tonight's "virtual" speaker will be Michael Thathuvaswamy. The title of his talk is "Reeve's turtles (Mauremys reevesii) - Top contender for the title of perfect pet turtle". 

Reeve's turtles are medium-sized species that is outgoing, very forgiving (aka...very adaptive) and cold hardy. In this presentation we will look at various setups keepers in different parts of the US are utilizing to raise Reeve's turtles along with notes on steps they take to navigate their winter weather conditions.

Michael was born and raised in India, I fell in love with turtles and tortoises that were in the school zoo. An engineer by profession, a turtle rehabilitator due to passion and an obsession driven breeder. He is one of the directors of the Turtle and Tortoise Preservation Group, active member of the Sacramento Turtle and Tortoise Club, the Turtle Room and many other organizations. I focus a lot on beginner friendly species and share my obsession with others through Shelled Friends.



Important, please read below.


This talk will be presented live on Zoom. Zoom is an app (program) that allows you to watch and participate in a live presentation. You can watch on any internet/Wifi based device such as a computer, smart phone, tablet, etc. You will be able to ask questions at the end just like our regular meetings if your device has a microphone. We will send a link for you to click on and enter the meeting. Please keep your microphone on mute through the entire presentation unless you are asking a question, then shut it off again


We will not be going to a restaurant for dinner, drinks, and discussions after the meeting, but you can do so in the privacy of your own home.  After the lecture/question section has ended, feel free to hang around on Zoom if you want to talk about other topics. This format is new for us, so let's see how it works.



   The Board of Directors

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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