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BAY AREA HERPETOLOGICAL SOCIETY



January 2023

General Meeting

January 27, 7:30pm



Speaker: Don Nguyen of Highlighter Chameleons















President’s Letter





Hello BAHS Members and Supporters!

I want to first thank you for voting me in as your new President of BAHS. I'm so excited for this opportunity!

A little history about me. I've been keeping reptiles since I was 12. I’ve worked with many different species from large constrictors to small geckos. Currently, I’m narrowing my focus to only 7 species. Lizard-wise, I'm working with Rhino Iguanas and Monkey Tailed Skinks. Turtle and tortoise-wise, with Indian spotted pond turtles, Forsten’s, Russian, and Hinge-back tortoises. This past November, I met with the TTPG (Turtle and Tortoise Preservation Group) in Mesa Arizona, a global network of keepers focused on preserving turtles and tortoises. While I was away, I had some Rhino Iguanas hatch!

Over the last few weeks, I've been rearranging my reptile room to put in bigger tubs for my tortoises, who have outgrown their current setup. That was fun, moving heavy metal shelves all by myself. Needless to say, I am so happy to be finished!

My goal for 2023 is to produce some more endangered Forsten's Tortoises. Last year I hatched 3 babies but sadly only two survived.

A more in-depth look at all the different species I have worked with and kept will be in a future presentation.

Let me share some of my ideas and thoughts for this year, though nothing is set in stone yet, as I am still working out the details. I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas as well!

1. Field trips. I am considering a zoo, aquarium, or a business. With a focus on reptiles, of course.

2. Field herping trips, hiking outings, and a picnic.

3. Moving the meeting location and time. (I would like to hear your thoughts.)

Our first speaker will be Don Nguyen with Highlighter Chameleons. Let's start the new year off with a blast of color!

Questions and concerns? Feel free to contact me.

I am looking forward to 2023 and all the reptile related fun!

Steven Sifuents, BAHS President 2023

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Official Business: Election Results







Welcome to the new BAHS Board!

* President: Steven Sifuentes

* Treasurer: Kathy Arnold

* Secretary: Kathy Arnold

* Membership: Aleks Haecky

* Show & Event Coordinator: Joanne Petersen

* Rhonda Velez (Member at Large)

* Jeff Whitnack (Member at Large)

* Jim Goehring (Member at Large)

* Scott Petersen (Member at Large)

* Aleks Haecky (Newsletter and Website)



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Holiday Party Memories

By Rhonda Velez























































































Bits and Pieces



Welcome to

The Museum of Aquarium and Pet History



Screenshot of partial website banner (under fair use).


Lizard Love



An accumulation of scientific research suggests that there’s a lot more to the social lives of reptiles such as skinks.



Video by the Melbourne Museum on Shinglebacks in Love: Is it cute? Shingleback Lizards

Source Paper on Mate Familiarity…https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/eth.12390





Read the full article here (behind a paywall): https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/24/science/lizards-reptiles-social-behavior.html


Photo Wkimedia Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Shingleback_lizard.jpg

Upcoming Events



See https://www.baars.org/calendar/events-shows-meetings for the full year and most up-to-date listings.



January 2023

January 27

Friday

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

General Meeting - Cubberley Community Center, Room H-6

See http://www.baars.org for details.

Speaker: Don Nguyen of Highlighter ChameleonsDon Nguyen of Highlighter Chameleons


February 2023

February 3

Friday

7:30 pm

Board Meeting by Zoom

Join for business, or just for social chatting.

Email behindbaars@gmail.com or any board member for details.

Board meetings are open to all members. Please, always verify the date with a board member.

February 18-19

Saturday-Sunday

Sat 10 - 5 p.m.

Sun 10 - 4 p.m.

NorCal Reptile Expo - formerly Bay Area Reptile Expo - information only, unless we get volunteers!

Alameda County Fairgrounds, Gate 8 or 12, corner of Bernal & Valley Aves, 4501 Pleasanton Avenue, Pleasanton

This expo brings an awesome and unique number of vendors, including specialized breeders, wholesale cages and supplies, cool and amazing animal displays and activities for the little ones. Adults/teens $15, children 6-12 $7, 5 & under free (military/seniors $10 - not confirmed); buy online. Parking $10, no in/out privileges.

Attendees: TBD

Contact: Joanne Petersen, joanne.hiratsuka@gmail.com, if you can bring herps for free admission!

Reptile Show website: https://www.facebook.com/NorCalReptileExpo (latest updates)

February 24

Friday

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

General Meeting - Cubberley Community Center, Room H-6

See http://www.baars.org for details.

Speaker: Stefen Sifuents - Meet the New President


March 2023

March 3

Friday

7:30 pm

Board Meeting by Zoom

Join for business, or just for social chatting.

Email behindbaars@gmail.com or any board member for details.

Board meetings are open to all members. Please, always verify the date with a board member.

March 24

Friday

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

General Meeting - Cubberley Community Center, Room H-6

See http://www.baars.org for details.

Speaker: TBD






BAHS YouTube Channel



Bay Area Herpetological Society (BAHS) - YouTube



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1. Send behindbaars@gmail.com the URL

2. Indicate if this is a video you made / own, or just something you are sharing.

3. Explain why we should put it on the channel.

4. Include a description and any details.



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BAHS is an educational and conservational group of amateur and professional herpetologists who want to share their knowledge, enthusiasm, and friendship with others interested in these fascinating creatures. We promote knowledge and enjoyment of reptiles, amphibians, and other herptiles.

Adoptions: See https://www.baars.org/adoptions for details on how to get your animal listed.

Newsletter created by Aleks Haecky and Michael Go. Contact: behindBAARS@gmail.com

Bay Area Herpetological Society Website / Facebook Group

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