Well, its "Daja Vu all over again", (Yoga Berra)
Lots of things have happened in herpetoculture since I was president
in 1992-96. Most noticeably, lower prices (in most cases) and
availability of herps. There are reptile shows every month and
shopping on the Internet is commonplace. Economically for herpers
its a buyers market. Albino boas in 1992 were 7-$10,000 now
1200-$1400. Reptiles that cost a fortune or were unable to obtain
are now available through successful captive breeding from a few
risk takers that spent $20,000-$40,000 on wild caught freak snakes.
Laissais fair herpenomics in its finest hour. "Go on take the money
and run." *Steve Miller.
Sorry to kill the mood, but during this same time period 90 species
of turtles in Asia have nearly been wiped off the face of the
earth.The Chinese box turtle Cuora flavomarginata and the
flower back box turtle C.galbinifrons, that were once pet
shop cheepies are now very rare with a value increase of 500-1000%
They are being shipped illegally to China for food by the megatons.
"That is not our fate, so let us not talk falsely now the hour is
getting late." *B. Dylan.
Lookin forward to bein’ pres again and part of a 17 year
herpetological journey, lettin’ folks know about herps and how they
can affect our life. Especially if one brings a critter home and
puts it in a tank! Spread the word on all the fun.
We have the biggest reptile meeting in the world coming up August
14-15 in Daytona. if you’ve gone before, you hear it calling you
back! If you’ve never gone, it will change your life! "Instant karma
is going to get ya, it’s going to knock you off your feet." *J.