Without this wonderful organization it would truly be a sad world for Reptile Keepers and Reptile business's.
These are the Hero's that Fight for your Freedom as Keeper's !!!
Who is USARK of Florida?
The United States Association of Reptile Keepers (USARK of FLORIDA) is a registered non-profit organization duly incorporated in the state of Florida. We are advocates for the practice of Herpetoculture; the non-traditional agricultural pursuit of farming high-quality captive bred reptiles & amphibians for conservation projects, zoos, museums, research facilities, education, entertainment and pets. USARK of FLORIDA is the only advocate of the conservation, responsible ownership and trade of reptiles and amphibians as a #1 priority with no conflicting interests.
What does USARK of Florida do?
We are dedicated to conservation through captive propagation, and espouse the ideal of, "Preserving Reptiles & Amphibians for Our Future". We endorse a 'Keepers Code of Ethics'. Our members are veterinarians, researchers, breeders, manufacturers, feed producers, hobbyists and pet owners; collectively known as the Reptile Nation.
USARK of Florida MISSION
The United States Association of Reptile Keepers FLORIDA, or USARK FL, was formed to promote conservation, responsible husbandry, the welfare of reptiles and amphibians, and the hobbyists and businesses both in Florida and those throughout the country that conduct business in Florida. We will accomplish this through science, education, and conservation-based advocacy for the responsible private ownership of.
We endorse caging standards, sound husbandry, escape prevention protocols, Best Management Practices, and an integrated approach to vital conservation issues.
Our goal is to facilitate cooperation between Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the scientific community, and the private sector in order to produce policy proposals and proper rules that will effectively address important husbandry and conservation issues. The health of these animals, public safety, and maintaining ecological integrity are primary concerns. We will follow our mission while defending Floridas stakeholders against overreaching and improper regulations.
The United States Association of Reptile Keepers Florida strives to uphold the highest ethical standards in the keeping, care, breeding, and sale of reptiles and amphibians.
USARK of Florida considers the health, well-being, and safety of reptiles and amphibians to be paramount.
USARK of Florida maintains that public safety, biological and environmental integrity, and the safety of keepers to be crucial regarding reptiles and amphibians kept under human care.
USARK of Florida endorses the use of only clean, well-constructed, and secure enclosures to house reptiles and amphibians.
USARK of Florida endorses the use of strict safety protocols in the housing and handling of reptiles and amphibians.
USARK of Florida objects to minors keeping venomous reptiles, crocodilians, or large constrictors.
USARK of Florida objects to reckless and irresponsible behavior in regards to the keeping, breeding, or transferring of reptiles and amphibians.
USARK of Florida objects to negligent shipping and transportation procedures which are not humane, safe, and secure.
USARK of Florida believes it is the personal responsibility of every keeper to educate themselves on the specific requirements of any animal they wish to keep as a prerequisite to ownership.
USARK of Florida considers access to quality medical care and veterinary care to be required for responsible ownership.
USARK of Florida endorses training and mentoring programs necessary to ensure the highest standards of proficiency in working with reptiles and amphibians.
USARK of Florida regards the intentional release of non-native reptiles and amphibians into the wild as highly irresponsible and believes there are NO circumstances that justify the act.
USARK of Florida is committed to conservation, education, and community outreach. Spreading factual information about reptiles is crucial to overcoming cultural bias, negative stereotypes, and unsubstantiated fears that threaten the private ownership of these magnificent creatures, as well as their continued survival in the wild.
As a keeper, a hobbyist, and a Floridian,
The USARK of Florida is very near and dear organization to me along with many other keepers and business owners.
The USARK of Florida cause is very Just and they are the Hero's that we need.
They constantly lead the front lines, Fighting for our rights as keepers, herper's and business owners.
Without USARK of Florida our future would look mighty gloomy.
Right now legislators have banned Anaconda's, Tegu's and Green Iguana's and Red Ear Slider's.
New animals are being added to this list all the time.
Just because these battles do not directly effect you doesn't mean that some day they won't.
Oh sure, I would never want a green Anaconda, but what if we lost the rights to Crested Gecko's, Corn Snakes, Hognose Snakes, Ball Python's, Red Tail Boa's, Leopard Gecko's, Bearded Dragon's and many other wonderful creatures that we love and Adore so much?
What if we lost the rights to our beloved
Indonesian Blue Tongue Skink's???
This would be a tradgedy.
When is enough going to be enough?
Just ask yourself.
What would you do if the government made you hand your animals over?
How would that make you feel?
The government talks about permits.
These permits are more less fines as most of us would not be able to afford these permits or obtain them in general.
"This issue goes WAY beyond big snakes! ALL animal keepers should support this effort. By some of the rationale used in listing these anaconda species, almost any non-native species could be listed as Prohibited on a whim. FWC needs to know that reptile and amphibian keepers will not accept unwarranted regulations. "
Unfair and Unjust is an understatement.
These ridiculous new laws are a far overreach of our own government!!!
How do you stand up?
How do you help?
How do you get your voice heard?
#You go to the USARK of Florida's website.
#You then become a member.
It is Free to be a member of one of the best organization's on the planet when it comes to reptiles and amphibians.
#You can Donate.
Give what you can, any little bit helps.
It takes a ton of money to stand up and fight on the behalf of us.
They need every bit of help that they can get. There is just no way around this, Money is needed. It is needed to fight for your rights to keep your pets and to stay in business.
Tiliqua Time will see no portions of the donations nor do we want to.
We have decided to advertise freely for USARK of Florida because we believe in them and what they are capable of !!!
Below is a link to the USARK of Florida
website. Please go join and please donate.
They need you!!!
The draft rules regarding nonnative reptiles (tegus, iguanas, Conditional Species) have been posted to the Florida Administrative Register today (Sept. 14, 2020). You can read the draft rules by clicking the PDF icon below. This posting of draft rules is part of the process. FWC will be holding 10 public workshops via Zoom beginning Sept. 29 (dates/times posted below). The draft rules are scheduled to be presented to the Commissioners at the December 16-17 Commission Meeting.
Take the survey at https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/nonnatives/public-workshops/invasive-species-rule/.
Submit comments at https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/nonnatives/2020-rule-change/comments/.
Public Workshop dates via Zoom:
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1-4 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 6-9 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 6-9 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 1, 6-9 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 3, 12-3 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 5, 6-9 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 9 a.m.-noon
Friday, Oct. 9, 9 a.m.-noon
Saturday, Oct. 10, noon-3 p.m.
Zoom webinar links will be posted at https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/nonnatives/public-workshops/.
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Always up to date.
They are great about sharing whats going on.
Show your support and help these guys to keep fighting for our rights.
We are all in this together !!!
We are exited to work with RAR USA.
Who are they and what do they do?
Well, it is a place where individuals and rescues alike can advertise to potential adopters in an effort to unite reptiles and amphibians with forever homes.
RARs main goal is to stream line the adoption and rescue process for reptiles and amphibians Within the USA by bringing individuals looking to rehome, those looking to adopt and rescues all together in one place.
RAR is a safe space and a true rehoming group- vending/flipping and passing judgements/drama are not tolerated.
This is soo needed. These situations come up from time to time and it is nice to finally have a legitimate place to send people for this type of help.
Within these pages you can learn what you need in order to have a Happy & Healthy Indonesian Blue Toungue Skink.
If you are here just to look, that's ok too. Please be our guest and enjoy!!!