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What is USARK FL?

The United States Association of Reptile Keepers FLORIDA, or USARK FL, was formed to promote conservation, responsible husbandry, the welfare of reptiles and amphibians, and the hobbyists and businesses both in Florida and those throughout the country that conduct business in Florida. We will accomplish this through science, education, and conservation-based advocacy for the responsible private ownership of reptiles and amphibians.

We endorse caging standards, sound husbandry, escape prevention protocols, Best Management Practices, and an integrated approach to vital conservation issues.

Our goal is to facilitate cooperation between Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the scientific community, and the private sector in order to produce policy proposals and proper rules that will effectively address important husbandry and conservation issues. The health of these animals, public safety, and maintaining ecological integrity are primary concerns. We will follow our mission while defending Florida's stakeholders against overreaching and improper regulations.

Who We Are:

USARK FL is a registered non-profit organization duly incorporated in the state of Florida. We are advocates for the practice of Herpetoculture; the non-traditional agricultural pursuit of farming high-quality captive bred reptiles and amphibians for conservation projects, zoos, museums, research facilities, education, entertainment and pets.  USARK FL is the only Florida advocate of the conservation, responsible ownership and trade of reptiles and amphibians as a #1 priority with no conflicting interests.

What We Do:

We are dedicated to conservation through captive propagation, and espouse the ideal of, "Preserving Reptiles & Amphibians for Our Future". We endorse a "Keepers Code of Ethics."  Our members are veterinarians, researchers, breeders, manufacturers, feed producers, hobbyists and pet owners.