7:00pm EST - Doors open, Raffle sales start
7:05pm EST - First speaker (Tony Daly-Crews)
8:00pm EST - Second speaker (Joseph Colbert)
8:45pm EST - Final Speaker (Cody Bartolini)
9:30-11:00pm EST - Social Hour, Raffle winners
National Reptile Breeders' Expo
N.R.B.E. Daytona is one of the largest reptile expos in the country and has been for over 25 years. It takes place on the third weekend in August every year. This event draws in reptile enthusiasts from across the country, everyone from private keepers and breeders to conservation groups and nonprofits attend this expo to socialize and raise money.
While at this expo, guests can browse the 500 tables set up with reptiles, amphibians, arachnids, husbandry equipment, cages and enclosures, books, merch and more!
Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort
100 North Atlantic Avenue
Daytona Beach, Florida
For more information on the Expo, follow the link below
So what will The Rattlesnake Conservancy be doing at a reptile expo?
The Friday night before the expo, August 21st starting at 7pm, we are hosting a mini symposium called Rattlesnake Roundtable. There will be raffles, three guest speakers and a social hour.
We want to help bring together individuals from different areas within herpetology and herpetoculture. Conservationists, researchers, private breeders and reptile keepers all share similar passions and we want to raise awareness for rattlesnake conservation to other reptile lovers and enthusiasts.
Our first guest speaker will be none other than our own Executive Director!
Tony will be giving a presentation on our organization. He will be addressing different threats that rattlesnakes face, why they deserve protection and how we can play a part in helping to save the buzztails.
Tony will also discuss the history of our organization, programs we offer and future goals we would like to accomplish!
Joseph is a Board Member and Research Associate for The Rattlesnake Conservancy. He also works as a Wildlife Biologist for Jekyll Island Authority Conservation Department.
Joseph will be discussing how genetics, population dynamics, habitat ecology, and natural history inform management and conservation of the eastern diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus) on a developed barrier island.
"The eastern diamondback rattlesnake (EDB) has been the subject of a long-term research study on Jekyll Island since they were petitioned for federal protection in 2011. We have four major components of our research program we'll be discussing in this presentation; 1) Habitat selection, and distribution of EDBs across the island, which is approximately 1/3 developed, 2) Genetics composition and the impacts of human development to the population, 3) Population survey techniques and detection probabilities that are used for population estimates, and finally 4) Various results related to natural history such as diet, foraging frequency, survival, and reproductive events. We will also discuss the broader conservation implications of our program and what you may be able to do to help rattlesnakes."
Cody is the Founder/Director of Reptile Preservation Institute! Before starting up this incredible organization, Cody worked as a Senior Reptile Keeper at St. Augustine Alligator Farm and was Curator of Reptiles at Phoenix Herpetological Sanctuary.
The title of Cody's presentation is: Montane Rattlesnake Husbandry and Captive Care: Raising the Bar Above the Clouds
"Montane species are very unique to the world of reptiles. Inhabiting high elevation micro-habitats which experience much cooler year round temperatures. Because of these environmental differences, montane reptiles have a very specialized way of life compared to their lowland counterparts. In his talk, Cody will be presenting on an enclosure build for Twin-spotted rattlesnakes (Crotalus pricei) at the Reptile Preservation Institute. Discussing exhibit design as well as husbandry requirements which meet the specific needs for these amazing little montane rattlesnakes!"