Turtle and Tortoise Newsletter, 2000, 3:26-27
© 2000 by Chelonian Research Foundation

Turtle and Tortoise Newsletter

Announcements and Conferences

Desert Tortoise Council's 26th Annual Symposium to be held on March 16-19, 2001 at the InnSuites Hotel and Resort in Tucson, Arizona. This annual symposium brings together scientists, managers, and concerned people to share the latest information available on the desert tortoise and its management. Paper and poster sessions include Reproduction and Physiology, International Issues, Foraging and Nutrition, Techniques for Sampling Desert Tortoise Populations, and Health and Diseases of Tortoises. For registration information visit the Desert Tortoise Council web site at

Society for the Study of Amphibians & Reptiles and the Herpetologists’ League 2001 Annual Joint Meeting will be held on 27-31 July 2001 at Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis. The meeting site is at the University Place Conference Center and Hotel, 850 West Michigan St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46202-5198. Reservations can be made on line or by calling 1-800-627-2700 OR 317-269-9000.
The keynote address will be given by George B. Rabb and there will be a 1-day symposium on Herpetological Research in Zoos: The Academic Connection, organized by John D. Groves and Hugh R. Quinn. This Symposium is Dedicated to the Memory of Sherman A. Minton, M.D.
Registration costs (before/after 30 May 2001) are the following: Regular member $240/295 US ( per person), Graduate student $175/200, Accompanying person $120/145 (non-participating in the scientific program).
For further information about the meeting, please visit or contact Henry R. Mushinsky, Dept. of Biology, Univ. of South Florida, Tampa, Florida 33620 at MUSHINSK@CHUMA1.CAS.USF.EDU or call him at 813-974-5218.

Call for Papers for the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV) 8th Annual Conference, to be held in conjunction with the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, on September 19-23, 2001 in Orlando, Florida. Titles due by February 1, 2001 and completed papers due by April 1, 2001.
Herpetologists, veterinarians, herpetoculturists, veterinary technicians, and students are encouraged to attend. Scientific papers are being solicited for presentation and printed proceedings. Papers addressing medically important aspects of herpetological physiology, anatomy, ecology, and husbandry are of particular interest; as well as papers addressing herpetopathology, surgery, anesthesia, parasitology, pharmacology, clinical techniques, and illustrative clinical case reports. Complete, concise papers are preferred to abstracts.
For more information, authors should contact Program Chair, Charles J. Innis, VMD, VCA Westboro Animal Hospital, 155 Turnpike Rd., Westboro, MA 01581; Phone 508-366-1444; Fax 508-634-6997; E-mail:

First Announcement and Call for Abstracts for the Big European Turtle and Tortoise Symposium to be held in Vienna on Jan. 17-20, 2002. Each day will focus on captive and conservation breeding of a different regions’ turtles and tortoises (Africa/Madagascar, the Americas, Europe and the Mediterranean, and Asia/Australia). On Sunday afternoon there will be space for general papers focusing on conservation projects, common projects of the participating turtle clubs, etc. The conference will be in English and German with simultaneous translations. Costs are not currently finalized.
A detailed proceedings will be published to summarize the results of the symposium. Speakers must submit a short abstract of their lecture to the editors of EMYS no later than June 30th, 2001. Only then a lecture can be accepted and published in the final program.

Brett Stearns Award for Chelonian Research at the California Academy of Sciences (CAS). The Dept. of Herpetology is pleased to provide limited financial aid-mostly to cover round-trip transportation and limited per diem expenses-to researchers who wish to visit our collections to support their work in chelonian biology. Preference will be given to graduate students. The CAS chelonian holdings are included in the herpetology database:
Proposals are due 15 March 2001; notification will be made by 1 May 2001. Awardees are expected to complete their Academy visit by 1 May 2002. Proposals should include a short, one page description of the research project and a budget. In the case of graduate students, a letter of support from the student's faculty advisor is required. Please call (415) 750-7039 for further information.
Proposals should be sent to: Herpetology Research Grants, Dept. of Herpetology, California Acad. of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118-4599, USA.

Information about the ETI “Turtles of the World” CD-ROMand some general turtle information (handy for people unacquainted with turtles) are available at

The 2nd International Symposium on Emys orbicularis took place in Le Blanc, France on June 25-27 1999. Proceedings are now available by ordering from the SOPTOM website, Individual copies are $20, postpaid. An international bank draft is the preferred method of payment.
This 143 pp. soft-bound document contains 28 papers on the ecology, conservation, reproduction, reintroduction, and taxonomy of the European pond turtle. Exactly 2/3 of the papers are in English, the remainder in French. The opening and closing remarks are provided in both languages.

Asian turtle you can't identify - please send a picture to Darrell Senneke at He is the moderator of the Asian Turtle Crisis discussion group which has a bulletin board where they post pictures of turtles for other members to ID.

The children’s book TURTLES by Anita Baskin-Salzberg & Allen Salzberg is now available in paperback for $7.00 plus $1.50 postage per book. Send a check made out to Allen Salzberg and mail it to Allen Salzberg, 67-87 Booth St. #5B/Forest Hills, NY 11375. ALL PROFITS GO TO KEEP HERPDIGEST ALIVE. If you have any questions E-mail

Herpdigest and the New York Turtle & Tortoise Society Jointly Sponsor the 2001 Poster Contest Highlighting Conservation of the World’s Turtles. Of the world’s over 270 turtle species, almost 150 are either threatened or endangered. According to Lorri Cramer, the contest’s creator and organizer, “The poster should focus on one particular species and why it is threatened. Some examples might include, but are not limited to excessive hunting for food and pets, pollution, road kills, loss of habitat and boat hits.”
Posters should be submitted on a heavy weight poster board and can measure either 12" x 18" or 18" x 24" in size. Entries will be grouped according to age & grade level. Mediums suggested are paint, magic marker, inks or collage. Name, address, phone number, age, grade and name of school should be clearly printed on the back of the poster.
All entries will be judged by a panel of conservationists, artists and teachers on the following criteria: content, originality and artistic merit. Prizes will include official Turtle Society t-shirts, books, and a one-year membership to the New York Turtle & Tortoise Society. Winning posters will be exhibited at the 27th Annual Turtle & Tortoise Show in New York City during June 2001.
All entries must be post-marked by May 15, 2001. Mail entries to Poster Contest, New York Turtle & Tortoise Society, c/o Lorri Cramer, 750 Columbus Ave., Suite 4W, N.Y., N.Y. 10025.
If you have any questions on subject matter and rules, please contact Ms. Cramer at Please no phone calls. All posters will become the property of The New York Turtle & Tortoise Society.