Every year the NARBC has several presentations during the trade show. Speakers such as Mark O'Shea, Bill Love, Phil Tremper, Russ Gurley, Nigel Marven, Philippe de Vosjoli, Jon Cann, and others, provide a wealth of information in their areas of expertise.
WE ARE VERY EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE OUR SPEAKER LIST FOR NARBC Arlington, Texas!! We hope to see you all there for this exciting lineup!
1:00 pm – Tim Cole (Austin Reptile Service / Lone Star Rattlesnake Days) - "Reptile Animal Cruelty" Husbandry Issues, Law Enforcement Procedures & Ordinances, and Examples of Cruelty Cases"
Tim Cole was born and raised in the Chicago area. He moved to Texas in 1985 to enjoy the herpetofauna and the warm weather which was quite a change from the upper Midwest. Starting in the late 90's and into the mid-2000's, Tim was involved with breeding Crotalus atrox morphs, Crotalus lepidus, and a few of the arboreal vipers. Tim's signature atrox morph was the Patternless. Recently, a joint breeding project has produced the first Patternless Albino atrox. As one of the founders of the Austin Herpetological Society in 2003, Tim served as president and currently is the vice-president. Tim is also currently the President for the Southwestern Center for Herpetological Research and a founding Director on the board of the "Rattlesnake Preservation Trust". Tim is the owner of Austin Reptile Service whose motto is "Conservation by Education". In 2004, he developed a state approved Herpetological Training Course for Animal Control Officers. He conducts snake safety classes throughout the State of Texas using snakes that are indigenous to that particular area of the State. Tim's hobby is an extensive "herp" library consisting of over 2000 titles..2:00 pm – Jerrod Tynes "The Uncommon Practice of Keeping the Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)"
Jerrod will share his work as the Turtle Room Manager at the University of North Texas that houses over 150 snappers.
1:00 pm - Deb Sydney - "Building Outside Enclosures"Deb Sydney from the Austin Herp Society shares her adventures creating a herp building in Central Texas. Her facility includes wiring inside that mimics the natural outside light cycle, wiring a temperature-controlled African wintering building that automatically handles 85 degrees one day and 42 degrees the next, and wiring a temperature-controlled brumation building that automatically switches from bringing in cold outside air, to running an air-conditioner to running a heater.
2:00 pm - Kim Lucas (Gorgeous Geckos) "Keeping and Breeding Crested Geckos"
Join Kim for a look at breeding crested geckos and raising healthy hatchlings. Kim's presentation will include the top 5 mistakes people make when raising crested geckos.
Kimberly Kay Lucas, owner of Gorgeous Gecko™ and has been breeding crested geckos for 13+ years and is considered one of the top breeders of collectible crested geckos in the reptile pet industry. She has developed an international reputation for consistently producing quality, healthy crested geckos. The Gorgeous Gecko™ brand has expanded over the years to include Gecko Goddess clothing™, collectible reptile inspired art, and a Gourmet Crested Gecko food.