Symposium on Reptiles, Amphibians and the Law Set for Sept.

WALBURG, Texas–The First Annual Reptile and Amphibian Law Symposium and Workshop will be held Sept. 28–30 in Houston. The event will include two days of panels, workshops, breakout sessions, and talks to discuss laws, rules and regulations regarding reptiles and amphibians at the local, state, national and international levels.


The event will be presented by the National Reptile and Amphibian Advisory Council in partnership with the Association of Amphibian and Reptile Veterinarians (ARAV), the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) and the East Texas Herpetological Society (ETHS).


Mike Canning, president and CEO of PIJAC, says the event will help retailers understand the laws impacting their businesses. “While retailers might not be that concerned about the international aspect of regulation, they need to understand the rules and regulations involving reptiles in their state,” Canning says. “We believe that retailers, hobbyists and breeders can thrive given the proper information to allow them to conduct their businesses.”


Confirmed panelists include: Canning; Dr. Elliott Jacobson from ARAV; Dr. David Doherty, vice president of ETHS; Doug Hotle, curator of herpetology at Albuquerque Biological Park; Jeff Barringer, founder and publisher of; Alan Kardon, curator of herpetology at the San Antonio Zoo; Andrew Gluesenkamp, Ph.D, herpetologist at Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; and Steve Hammack of the Fort Worth Zoo.


Registration for the event is free. To register, visit