Argus Monitor in his new cage. Photo by Jeff Whittnack


August 2022

General Meeting

August 26, 7:30 p.m.

Speaker: Kenny Elvin

"Herpetology as a Gateway to Falconry"

President’s Letter

Hello BAHS Members and Supporters!

So for me, it’s pretty exciting looking forward to the upcoming Reptile Show in San Mateo at the Event Center. It’s being held August 20th and 21st, Saturday and Sunday. Our club will have a table and we’ll be there both days. Please come and stop by. Never sure which herps I’ll be bringing since shedding and such. Usually, at Reptile Shows, I try to bring those of my herps that often aren’t seen at the shows. My Indian Sand Boas, King Ratsnake, and the like.

So come by and say “Hi”.

In personal news, I’m really stoked that my Argus Monitor got a new custom cage. I swear they have the energy and metabolism of a mammal, or it sure seems that way. “Heartrate” is his name, making him my “Heart Rate Monitor”.

At this month’s General Meeting, our speaker will be Kenny Elvin, and the topic is “Herpetology as a Gateway to Falconry”. Ken has been a falconer for 19 years, but he first started with herps.

Kenny spoke before a while back, and I still remember his Kookaburra Bird and it’s very loud vocalizing. I have one particularly obnoxious neighbor, and have therefore since been fantasizing about having one, but my wife, and the neighbors I like, would probably weigh in.

Our July General Meeting was canceled as Cubberley Center was doing roofing work.

In June, our Speaker was Brian Vuillemenot, PhD., of Brian’s Boas. Brian breeds several locality boas. Be sure to check out his YouTube videos and even subscribe. He showed one picture of what is entailed in dealing with live births and, yeah, the yucky stuff. But as a former Garbageman and former Respiratory Therapist (ugh sputum), this one was right up my alley!

Our club also now has a YouTube channel! Kudo’s to Akeks for this. The link to the channel is:

Hope you are all enjoying this summer, and hope to see you at the Reptile Show and our General Meetings.

Jeff Whitnack, BAHS President

BAHS YouTube Channel

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Speaker Info

By Aleks Haecky

Our August speaker is Kenny Elvin.

To learn how herpetology and falconry intersect, come to our August meeting.


Bits and Pieces

Banded King Snake for Adoption

I have a Banded King Snake (Luc) who is about 5ft long. I have had the snake for about 7-8 years.

I am looking for someone who would be a good home. Before posting on craigslist I wanted to contact

your group first. We are located in San Jose (by Monterey Hwy and Alma Ave). Please let me know if you

have anybody that would like to adopt him. I have also attached a couple photos.

Contact if you are interested and I will put you in touch with the owner.

Upcoming Events

Please, see for the most up-to-date listings.


August 2022

August 20-21


Sat 10 - 5 p.m.

Sun 10 - 4 p.m.

San Mateo Reptile Show (was San Jose Reptile Show)

*** NEW SITE: San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo, CA 94403

A menagerie of turtles, snakes, lizards and other creatures that slither, crawl, slink and scurry is coming to the San Mateo Event Center. The San Mateo Reptile Show is family friendly with free kids activities and opportunities to interact with lots of cold-blooded creatures. Buy tickets at the door, or save by buying in advance online (starting 7/1). Adults/teens $15 ($12 online), youth 6-12 $5, 5 & under free; check website for special price until 6/12!!

Volunteers: Jeff Whitnack, Joseph Fuentes, David Terneus, Tony & Rhonda Velez, Joanne & Scott Petersen

Contact: Joanne Petersen, if you are able to participate – free admission! We need volunteers to do shows so BAARS can continue as a club, so please join us with your herp(s).

Info: - Rick Porter,

August 26, 2022


7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

General Meeting - Cubberley Community Center, Room H-6

See for details.

Speaker: Kenny Elvin

Topic: Herpetology as a Gateway to Falconry

September 2022

September 2, 2022 - Friday

7:30 pm

Board Meeting by Zoom

Email for details.

Board meetings are open to all members.

September 23, 2022 - Friday

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

General Meeting - Cubberley Community Center, Room H-6

See for details.

September 24-25


Sat 10 - 5 p.m.

Sun 10 - 4 p.m.

Sacramento Reptile Show - no BAHS representation, info only

The Pavilion at Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95815

23rd year, bigger than ever, featuring the ever popular venomous reptile display featuring more than 45 venomous species. The reptile show and sale includes 120+ vendors and is a great way to educate both adults and children on the world of reptiles. This is your opportunity to come face to face with reptiles from around the world! Tickets: Single day: Adults+teens $15, kids 3-12 $10, under 3 free; 2-day pass: Adults/teens $25, kids 3-12 $17. Advance tickets available for purchase online at Sacramento Reptile Show starting 8/15.

October 2022

October 22-23


Sat 10 - 5 p.m.

Sun 10 - 4 p.m.

(times not confirmed; see website)

Monterey Reptile Expo - no BAHS representation, info only

Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairgrounds Road, Monterey, Ca 93940

Turtles, snakes, lizards and other creatures are coming to the Monterey County Fairgrounds. The Monterey Reptile Expo has many opportunities to interact with lots of cold-blooded creatures. Adults (18+) $15 ($25 2-day pass), youth 12-17 $10 ($16 2-days), kids 5-11 $5 ($8 for 2 days), under 5 free; check website for changes.


October 28, 2022 - Friday

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

General Meeting - Cubberley Community Center, Room H-6

See for details. Speaker: Gerold Merker

November 2022 - NO GENERAL MEETING (Thanksgiving)

December 2022

Saturday, December 3rd,

5 - 8 pm


HOLIDAY PARTY!!! - Cubberley Community Center, room H6

Potluck, please bring something to share. Volunteers for BAHS board wanted -- our club needs new blood, so let’s talk about what BAHS means for this area and what we can do to keep it going! Please don’t bring herps as (people) food will be present, and it may be a health issue.

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 for details on how to get your animal listed.

Newsletter created by Aleks Haecky and Michael Go. Contact:

Bay Area Herpetological Society Website / Facebook Group



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