Speakers

Philippe de Vosjoli

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One of the founders of the Vivarium magazine and the original publisher of the Advanced Vivarium line of  books, which  launched the trend for providing quality information on  reptile and amphibian care. He is the author of more than 50 articles and 40 books on herpetoculture, a children's book, and two near-future science fiction books.

With Bob Mailloux he was responsible for the first captive breeding of many frog species. including the popular Chacoan horned frog, Fantasy horned frogs, Chilean wide mouth frog, and Joazeiro horned frog. 

With Frank Fast, he discovered most of the island forms of giant geckos and the lesser New Caledonian live-bearing gecko, placing an emphasis of establsihing them in the hobby trade.

He currenlty works with species he feels should be in the hobby as self-sustaining captive populations before they become unavailable.

Herpetocultural conservation, the application of herpetoculture as an essential educational tool and developing models for mixed species vivariums are his current interests...besides launching Herpeton 2019 with Allen Repashy.

Quetzal Dwyer

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Herpetoculture Costa Rica  Style

A brief history of Parque Reptilandia, presenting 20 plus years of outdoor herpetoculture in Costa Rica.  An overview of the large-scale vivarium designs at Reptilandia and of the many successes, failures and interesting observations that have taken place since the onset of the project will be discussed. The talk will touch on the husbandry and propagation of a range of species, including Boelen’s pythons, bushmasters, caiman lizards, galliwasps (Diploglossus), palm vipers (Botriechiis) , crocodile tegus (Crocodilurus) and many more.We .  

Michael Ready

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Mike Ready has been working on the husbandry of amphibians for over 25 years.  Specializing in arboreal species, his milestones in herpetoculture include the first US breeding of the blue-sided leaf frog (Agalychnis annae) and the first known captive reproduction of Wallace’s flying frog (Rhacophorus nigropalmatus), which led to his discovery of its distinct juvenile form and the ontogenetic colour change in the species.  Mike is dedicated to the preservation of amphibians in the wild and in captivity; and to the advancement of herpetoculture as a tool for education, research, and conservation.  He has served as an amphibian specialist for Sandfire Dragon Ranch, Inc., a steering committee member of Amphibian Ark, and as a board member of the Amphibian Steward Network, a project of Tree Walkers International. 

Presently, Mike works as a photographer and writer covering natural history, science, and conservation subjects, and continues to his work with amphibians as a consultant pushing for husbandry innovations in the private sector.

Herpeton talk title:   Modern Herpetoculture of Phyllomedusine Frogs and Their Status in Captivity


 

Over the last 30 years, a variety of phyllomedusine frogs (Phyllomedusidae) have been represented in both private and zoological collections.  Over this period we have seen significant progress in the husbandry and management of captive amphibians, yet only a few species may be considered to be established in captivity beyond the first filial generation.  During this talk we will look at the modern herpetoculture of phyllomedusine frogs, the status of species represented in living collections, changes in the way we share information on amphibian-culture, and how and why we might better establish these frogs in captive care.  



 


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Allen Repashy

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Allen Repashy is a lifelong hobbyist who has made considerable contributions to the hobby. He has been breeding reptiles since the 80's and his first passion is Lizards. Allen was responsible for introducing the Crested Gecko to the hobby in the late 90's when he became the first commercial breeder of this species and maintained the largest breeding colony in the world for more than 10 years.  As a result of breeding and keeping geckos, dragons, and frogs, Allen started developing feeds and supplements to improve the survival and fecundity of the species he was working with due to the lack of products and feeds available at the time. Notable are the famous Crested Gecko Diets, Calcium Supplements and Gel foods. 

Allen was also responsible for introducing the black soldier fly larvae (BSFL) into the hobby as a feeder by working with Craig Sheppard, owner of the Phoenix Worm" brand, when they worked together to test them with his animals. Since then, BSFL have become a mainstream feeder and a meal produced by drying and pressing the larvae, has become a significant addition to reptile nutrition. Repashy was the first company to use BSFL meal in a prepared commercial diet and has led the way using this novel ingredient as a food source.  

Allen has always had a passion for the genus Egernia and has kept and breed many of these species for more than 10 years. Allen will present an overview on the Genus and cover breeding, and husbandry of these interesting livebearers.

Nick Mutton

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 Nick Mutton has been keeping and breeding pythons for over two decades. During that time he has worked extensively with 33 separate python taxa, including many of the world’s rarest. Throughout those years his primary focus has been on the Australasian pythons, with a special emphasis on the carpet python complex. Since 2006 Nick has been a full time python breeder. He currently maintains one of the country’s most extensive collections of Indo-Australian pythons. Nick is also co-author of two books: The Complete Carpet Python and The Complete Childrens python as well as multiple published articles on herpetological topics. Nick is currently working on two book projects as well as academic research into the phylogeny of pythons and other topics. He lives with his two sons in Spokane, WA.
 

Scott Stahl DVM

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Dr. Stahl graduated from the University of Richmond with a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1985. He went on to earn his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. He became board certified in avian practice through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in 1996. In addition to working as a clinical veterinarian in practice, Dr. Stahl is currently an adjunct professor of avian and exotic animal medicine at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.

Stahl Exotic Animal Veterinary Services (SEAVS) was founded by Dr. Stahl in Vienna, VA, in 2003. He had always felt that birds and exotic animals deserved the same quality medicine readily available to more traditional pets, such as dogs and cats. His vision was to establish one of the largest avian and exotic exclusive veterinary specialty practices in the world. In 2009, Dr. Stahl moved SEAVS to a new, state-of-the-art, 5000 square foot facility in Fairfax City, Virginia, to accommodate the growth of the practice and the demand for exotic animal veterinary care in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Since its inception, SEAVS has grown from just two doctors and a handful of other staff members, to a five doctor practice employing around twenty technicians, assistants, and receptionists.

Dr. Stahl has personally trained over 200 veterinary students during his three decades of practice. SEAVS has continued this tradition, and its doctors and staff help in the training of both national and international students and veterinarians with a passion for avian and exotic animal medicine. SEAVS has been approved by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) as a training facility for the avian residency curriculum. The clinic also runs a competitive year-long internship program for licensed veterinarians looking to practice and expand their experience and training in avian and exotic medicine

As an active academic contributor to the field, Dr. Stahl has written over 150 scientific and popular papers and articles, as well as chapters in various textbooks. He is a renowned lecturer who frequently speaks at both national and international conferences and events. His professional areas of interest and research include endoscopy, endoscopic surgical techniques, ultrasound, and reproductive medicine and surgery.

Dr. Stahl resides in Northern Virginia with his wife and two daughters. His family and the clinic keep him quite busy, but in his free time he enjoys competitive cycling, breeding lizards and snakes, and playing ukulele.

Rob Nixon

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Rob Nixon has a life-long interest in natural history. Since 1996, he has worked as a biologist, living in the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts. His interests and experience conducting field studies on a variety of organisms throughout the southwestern United States and Mexico has given him familiarity with the remarkable flora, fauna, and cultures indigenous to these regions and their relationships with the environment.

Husbandry and of Propagation of the Borneo Earless Monitor 

Abstract :The Bornean earless monitor (Lanthanotus borneensis) has fascinated herpetologists since its initial description to science by Franz Steindachner in 1878. Until recently, the earless monitor was known from only a handful of specimens. This presentation will discuss one example of successful captive reproduction and husbandry of this enigmatic species.

Dmitri Tkachev

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Speaker, Herpetoculturist, Journalist.

Owner, BION Terrarium Center, reptile’s import-export operation.

Founder, BION’s breeding Center, working successfully  with many rare species.

Established Propogation Center for herpetoculturists.

Unique experience of research of reptiles keeping, breeding and farming all over the world

(including Europe, Middle and South-Eastern Asia, Latin and North America, Africa and Europe)

Jeffrey Lemm

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 Jeff Lemm is a zoo-based herpetologist that has been involved in conservation research of reptiles and amphibians for the past 27 years. A native San Diegan, Jeff grew up in the outdoors where his passion for herpetology began at a very early age. He has been keeping and breeding reptiles and amphibians for over 35 years and has been fieldherping since he was a child. A keen photographer, Jeff has traveled the globe extensively in search of reptiles and amphibians. Jeff has published over 100 scientific and popular articles in herpetology as well as two books: Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of the San Diego Region (2006) and Cyclura: Natural History, Husbandry, and Conservation of West Indian Rock Iguanas (2011). His latest venture is leading fieldherping and natural history tours to Cuba. If you’d like to join Jeff in Cuba, please visit https://www.cubirds.org/event/cuba-herpetology-natural-history-2019/ 

Jay Sommers

SPEAKER BIO: Jay Sommers has been breeding reptiles and amphibians for nearly three decades speciali

Jay Sommers has been breeding reptiles and amphibians for nearly three decades specializing in rare and obscure species with a focus on animals that are difficult to breed in captivity. As a full time herpetoculturist for close to 20 years, he is responsible for the establishment of countless species and multiple new mutations in the hobby, including leucistic ribbed newts, blue (axanthic) giant day geckos. and many new morphs of axolotls. He and his family own a business, THEAXOLOTL.NET, commercially breeding axolotls and other caudates.


Caudates in Captivity: An Overview of Species with an Emphasis on Care and Breeding


In the 1990s, the Vivarium Magazine, the most widely distributed publication on herpetoculture at the time, published an article called “Are Salamanders Extinct?” that addressed the lack of interest of US hobbyists in newts and salamanders (Caudates).  Much has changed since then Filling a much-needed gap in the spectrum of our hobby, this talk will present an overview of caudate species, from the commonly available, to species some aren't even aware are being kept. Basic requirements for proper care and the more specific protocols for successful reproduction in captivity will be covered.  A photographic world tour of newts and salamanders with a focus on promoting proper husbandry. You're guaranteed to walk away with a new and lasting impression of our often-unappreciated amphibian friends.

Taylor Roush

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Jim Sherman

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Jim has been fascinated by herps since early childhood. He studied Herpetology and vertebrate zoology at San Diego State University and co-discovered the sandstone night lizard with Lee Grismer. He was one of the founding members of the San Diego Herpetological Society.  His interest in plants has led him to the jungles of Thailand, the deserts of Sonora, Mexico, Australia and Israel in search of rare Ficus and other plants. He operates a plant nursery near San Diego, California where he grows a variety of caudiciform and vivarium plants in partnership with Philippe de Vosjoli.     

Dmitri Tkachev

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Speaker, Herpetoculturist, Journalist.

Owner, BION Terrarium Center, reptile’s import-export operation.

Founder, BION’s breeding Center, working successfully  with many rare species.

Established Propogation Center for herpetoculturists.

Unique experience of research of reptiles keeping, breeding and farming all over the world

(including Europe, Middle and South-Eastern Asia, Latin and North America, Africa and Europe)

Evgeny Ryboltovsky

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Jordan Russel

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 Jordan Russell is the owner of California Breeders Union. He has kept reptiles, amphibians and birds since he was in grade school. Former commercial bird breeder and retail store owner, former direct importer, responsible for the installation of the farming system for Corucia zebrata in 2015, founder of RAACA. Currently he works with type bred Gargoyle Geckos, Kinixys Tortoises, African Hornbills and is the U.S. distributor for Canadian Coldblood Reptiles and Don Patterson Reptiles. 


 Abstract: This talk will focus on exploring the methods we can individually and collectively operate as herpetoculturists in a changing political and cultural landscape. From interacting with state and local governments through an umbrella program under USARK, to networking for fundraising at a local level to be ready for any legislative action.  

Rob Nixon

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 Rob Nixon has a life-long interest in natural history. Since 1996, he has worked as a biologist, living in the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts. His interests and experience conducting field studies on a variety of organisms throughout the southwestern United States and Mexico has given him familiarity with the remarkable flora, fauna, and cultures indigenous to these regions and their relationships with the environment.


Husbandry and of Propagation of the Borneo Earless Monitor 

Abstract :The Bornean earless monitor (Lanthanotus borneensis) has fascinated herpetologists since its initial description to science by Franz Steindachner in 1878. Until recently, the earless monitor was known from only a handful of specimens. This presentation will discuss one example of successful captive reproduction and husbandry of this enigmatic species.


Andrew Gilpin

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We are still waiting on a bio and abstract for Andrew Gilpin

Petr Necas

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 Petr Necas Chameleon profile Petr Necas Czech Herpetologist with deep love of and great passion for chameleons, spent 30 years travelling to Europe, Africa, Madagascar, Arabian penninsula, India and USA to study them in the wild and in captivity. Author of dozens of scientific articles and several herpetological books, one of which is considered a basal work of chameleonology: “Chameleons, the nature’s hidden jewels”, published in 5 languages. Another book is the only book on the leaf chameleons ever published: “Stump-tailed Chameleons: Miniature Dragons of the Rainforest, the Genera Brookesia and Rhampholeon”.  Author of descriptions of new chameleon taxa such as Trioceros tremperi, T. fitchi, T. narraioca, T. ntunte, Kinyongia asheorum, K. boehmei, K. vanheygeni and a snake parasite (Isospora atheridis).  For his contributions to chameleonology, a chameleon species (Chamaeleo necasi) and a chameleon coccidian parasite (Isospora necasi) were described and named in his honor. He was one of the people that introduced Chamaeleo calyptratus to herpetoculture, almost the entire US population of them originated from his breeds. Petr is active in international field as expert and advisor helping chameleon communities to grow, spread correct information, promote best practice in chameleon husbandry and protect the rights of chameleons.  He is currently working on three new books on chameleons. His photographs have been published in many magazines and books. 

Alec Feldman

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 Life long Hobbyist Alec Feldman has always had an eye for the rare and obscure. From his work with rare Lacertids and Chamaeleolis, to Dwarf Monitors and Phyrnocephalus. Alec will be presenting an overview of the Anoles of Cuba with a focus on the care and breeding of  the species formerly known as Chamaeleolis. 

Craig Barnhart

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Emmanuel van Haygen

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We are still waiting for a bio and abstract from Emmanuel.

Matthias Lemm

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 Matthias Lemm is a young herpetology enthusiast and photographer from San Diego, California. He has been assisting his father, Jeff Lemm, with herpetological fieldwork since he was five years old and has been a fieldherping and reptile husbandry enthusiast for the last 10 years. Matthias has traveled throughout the United States, Australia, and Costa Rica in search of reptiles and amphibians and his photos of these subjects have won several awards. Matthias published his first scientific paper at age 10 and was the first Junior Herpetology Award winner at the International Herpetological Symposium in 2015 in San Antonia, Texas. Matthias is currently working on several publications when he has time away from his busy school, herping, fishing and surfing schedules. 

John Michels

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Donald Schultz

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 Resistance of Snakes to Venomous Snakebite and Medical Applications.  

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