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Turtles of Mexico, topic of discussion at the next Herpetological Society meeting

Posted 1/13/2016

Black and White Tegus

Black and White Tegus. Photo courtesy of MSN images.

Their lives in nature and in captivity

The Southern Nevada Herpetological Society and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension are hosing the next meeting on February 5 beginning at 7 p.m. Turtles of Mexico—their lives in nature, and in captivity— will be the topic of discussion by Russ Gurley, owner of Living Art publishing. He will introduce the “Vampire Turtle,” giant turtle-eating musk turtles, aquatic box turtles, and some of the most incredible wood turtles in the world. You do not have to be a member to attend..

Gurley is also the owner of LIVING ART publishing. This company publishes herpetoculture-related books and has received numerous accolades recently for its Turtles of the World Series.

Gurley’s first turtle-related book, The African Spurred Tortoise, Geochelone sulcata, in Captivity, was published in 2002. He has authored a number of other popular books has written columns and articles for journals, magazines, and online sources. He currently has a handful of new books in progress including The Complete Freshwater Turtle and The Ultimate Guide to Tarantulas.

Gurley is the Director of the Turtle and Tortoise Preservation Group, an organization that promotes the captive breeding of rare turtles and tortoises and for spreading the most recent information relating to the keeping and breeding of captive reptiles through articles, books, and conferences and workshops.

Gurley earned his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in painting and illustration and minored in Zoology at Oklahoma State University and received his teaching credentials at East Central University. He has been a sculptor and illustrator, book layout designer, and he gets to paint in his limited free time.

Cooperative Extension’s Lifelong Learning Center is located at 8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nev. For more information, email or call M.L. Robinson at 702-257-5529.

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