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The 18th and 19th of June gave me my first insight into the Doncaster reptile show / IHS Breeder's meeting. It's always been something I've wanted to attend, and this year with all my surplus Honduran wood turtles, I got the chance to look around, and also exhibit some of my own reptiles for sale to other keepers and breeders.
After travelling down on the Friday night, the weekend began with the IHS conference on Saturday 18th. This was a great experience to not only meet other reptile keepers, but also hear from various people involved in the industry and reptile care, and learn a bit more about some of the issues facing our hobby. I'd highly recommend it, and look forward to attending them in the future.
The main event was Sunday's breeder's meeting, where Doncaster racecourse is transformed by a vast number of reptile breeders and their livestock. The entire downstairs area, and a large room upstairs were filled with breeders and huge variety of animals, from rare lizards and high end snake morphs, to dart frogs and coconut crabs. There were also suppliers offering live plants, equipment and decorations for the day too. I was completely smitten by some baby blue Iguanas, which I'd love to care for at some point.
All my Rhinoclemmys went to good homes on the day too, and it was great to meet other people interested in their care. It was amazing to see how far and wide people have travelled to attend the show, and it was a fantastic turnout. I still have several eggs in the incubator but expect I'll only be attending with a few each time now that the bulk of my CB15 and CB16s are away. I did of course take advantage of the show and leave with some new species too...
My first pick of the day was a pair of Red Cheeked Mud Turtles (Kinosternon scorpioides cruentatum) from breeder Christoph Fritz. The face markings on this species is absolutely stunning, and they have settled in very quickly, happily eating anything I offer. Their small adult size and bright markings make them a very managable species, and I'm very excited to be able to work with them.
I've also had a serious soft spot for Pink Belly Sidenecks (Emydura subglobosa) for as long as I can remember, and couldn't resist picking up 5x tiny hatchlings. These are absolutely adorable, and although being quite nervous to begin with, are starting to become more confident in their feeding and basking. This species is getting more common in captivity which is great to see, and I'm looking forward to watching them grow over the next few years.
With a bit of luck I'll also be attending the September show, if you have any questions just pop me an email below,