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Posted by BD on May 02, 2000 at 00:14:41:
In Reply to: Re: old days posted by Chris on April 04, 2000 at 23:22:45:
: Back in the early 80's when it was legal, I used to collect turtles for other "turtle nuts" like me. I could go out at night in a small boat with a very powerful Q-beam light, and catch 35-60 hatchlings in a 2 hour period. These included hatchlings of; Red-ears, Hieroglyphic Sliders, Mississippi Maps, Common Maps, BEAUTIFUL yellow-head Ouachita Maps, Razorbacked Musks. These turtles paid for several trips to symposiums, etc. I would pack a suitcase full of turtles, put them in the hotel bathtub, sell them all usually within the first 4-5 hours after arrival, then take the money and go turtle shoppin' for specimens I wanted.
: I grew up in S.W. Fl. with a love of reptiles and started working for Tommy Crutchfield in the mid 70's. Supplying him with native animals. In the early eighties, after he had incorporated his bussiness to Herpetofauna Inc.,I took the position as manager and worked with him for almost 6 yrs. During that time I had the pleasure to meet and work with some of the real pioneers of the reptile industry. Joe and Louie of the shed, Scott Willie and Bernie of Pet Farm, Stan Charis, Ray Van Nostrand, Tom Schultz, Karl Switak, Bill and Kathy Love. Meeting all these people was a direct result of meeting Tom in the 70's.