The Calusa Herpetological Society
Of Southwest Florida


  The Charlotte Harbor Nature Festival 


4th Annual Charlotte Harbor Nature Festival

Saturday, January 31, 2004


Despite the weather, The Charlotte Harbor Nature Festival was a success. Because of the weather on Friday we were all a little bit concerned. The morning wasn't much better, but it cleared up and turned out to be a decent day.

We sold eight of the New Club Shirts and received quite a bit of donations. All together we made$132.00

Thanks to Anna Strate and Jim Keenan Sr. for their assistance at this event.

Ray Naylor brought "KING" his Black Throat Monitor which was a big hit with the kids and adults alike. Joel Gales and Stephanie Edwards brought some of their corn snakes and a few Bullsnakes. I brought a few corns a pine snake and a gopher snake.

Some of our Herps appeared in The Charlotte Sun as a feature at the Nature Festival.

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Please check the CHS newsletter (The Calusa Rattler)  and CHS website for future events. For the first time CHS will also have tables at the following reptile shows;

Florida International Reptile Show-Tampa March 13 & 14

North Florida Reptile Expo-Tallahassee April 3 & 4

F.I.R.E Expo-Orlando July 10 & 11

Florida International Reptile Show-Tampa October 30 & 31

We are asking all Calusa Herp Society members to volunteer some of their time / resources to these events. This is your chance to help spread our message, show our accomplishments, introduce our 'weird' hobby to the public, show off our COOL pets, and build membership.

Here are some ways YOU can help support YOUR herp society :

Help man our tables to assist passersby take pics with our animals (to raise money for the CHS), even if for just part of the day.
Help answer the public's questions about an area in which YOU are the expert.
Spread the word about the Calusa Herp Society and help recruit new members.
Bring one or two of your biggest, most impressive herps to put on display.  Bring a cage that lets it   be on display when you're not holding it.  Bring a small sign telling what it is, so the public can read it if we're all busy. 

Please contact exhibit coordinators at:

Jim at




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