MHS Happenings at a Glance

January 11th, 2013:

The Manitoba Herpetocultural Society is a not-for-profit community based organization that promotes conservation of wild reptiles and amphibians as well as education and proper husbandry of pet reptiles and amphibians. As a community, we feel that the proposed "Responsible Pet Ownership By-Law" as released by the City of Winnipeg on January 10th, 2013 does not meet the needs or desires of pet ownership in Winnipeg.

This draft By-Law severely limits the choices that Winnipeg citizens can make in choosing a pet by arbitrarily dictating "acceptable" pets without due diligence in regards to consultation with citizens and affected parties (both individual and business). The list provided in Schedule "A" limits the freedoms of ordinary law-abiding citizens, without addressing the problems associated with the previous Exotic Pet By-Law No. 3389/83. By proposing the list of "acceptable" species of birds, mammals and reptiles, the City of Winnipeg is admitting ignorance and a lack of education of the pet trade in Winnipeg.

By adopting a By-Law based on species (which in some cases are not properly defined in the draft By-Law), the City of Winnipeg will require additional resources and money - such as officers and training - to enforce it.

The MHS, its members and affiliates proposes and supports a reptile By-Law based on size of species (as described by PIJAC) which would allow freedom in the selection of a pet reptile in Winnipeg, while also being extremely easy for the Animal Services Agency to enforce. This By-Law would still ban potentially dangerous animals, such as crocodilians and venomous species, ensuring the safety of the citizens of Winnipeg.

May 7, 2012:

The MHS was at the Narcisse Snake Pits on Saturday and Sunday, May 5th and 6th. There were lots of snakes and lots of people there to see the snakes! We talked to people from Germany, Mexico and Australia educating them about the garter snakes and answering questions. Someone even found a teeny tiny little baby red belly snake! We'll be back out there on Saturday and Sunday, May 12th and 13th so stop by and say hi when you come check out the snakes.

April 27, 2012:

A reminder to check out the MHS at the upcoming MRBE at the Winnipeg Convention Centre on September 8th and 9th, 2012!

Manitoba Reptile Breeders Expo

April 1, 2012:

2012 is well underway, and the MHS has already started planning some events once the weather gets a little nicer! This year is the 10-year anniversary of the MHS, and we hope to have a nice big event to celebrate this milestone! Thanks for your support, and keep checking back as we will be able to update this more frequently!

October 16, 2010:

The MHS hopes to see everyone out at the MRBE tomorrow at the Canadinns Polo Park. As well, come visit us at Boston Pizza City Place (formerly Eaton Place) November 3rd at 8pm for a meet, greet and eat. Open to members and non-members alike. Look for the long haired guy with the MHS t-shirt on in the lounge area!.

August 17, 2010:

The MHS will be out at Tony Roma's on Pembina Thursday, August 26th at around 7:30pm for Rib Night. Come meet the rest of us, eat ribs and wings and socialize. Bring pix of your pets or new acquisitions! Look for the MHS t-shirts if you don't know any of us.

July 23, 2010:

A reminder to check out the MHS at the upcoming MRBE on August 8th, 2010!

Manitoba Reptile Breeders Expo

July 05, 2010:

The new newsletters have been printed and will be in the mail to all the paid members within a few days. An on-line version of the previous issue of our newsletter is always available to everyone via the 'Newsletter' link.

June 22, 2010:

It is that time again. Your current BOD have been serving for a year now. One of the plaforms we ran on was annual elections for all positions. As such, we are once again opening the floor for nominations for the BOD and Admin positions. See the membership section of the forums for details.

June 21, 2010:

Welcome to the new MHS forums! Please remember to register and to send cryptwpg (Daemon) a pm in order to get your former status restored. If post count means a lot, he can transfer that over as well but only if you register under the same name as before.

June 15, 2010:

Narcisse was a great success, our next newsletter is about to be printed, the new forums go up in a week and we have have a barbecue scheduled for June 26th! All that and more over the next month in the MHS.

When the new forums go up, you will have to go through the membership registration process again. For those who are moderators, paid advertisers or paid members, please send Daemon (cryptwpg) a pm once you are registered and he will adjust your access accordingly.

Because the new forums are hosted in a new location, please set this page as your new favorite since we will be adding a new archive button to view the old forums and updating our look to match the new forums.

Apr. 27, 2010:

The dates for our Narcisse get togethers have been finalized. The MHS will be at the Narcisse snake dens (Hwy 17 North of Winnipeg) on May 8th and 15th, 2010 from 10am-3pm. We will likely have members located at the major pits with hand sanitizers and informational pamphlets as well as be selling drinks and chips to the public. Come check it out! For those unaware, this period is when tens of thousands of red sided garter snakes emerge from their dens to mate, meaning the public can see the largest collection of snakes visible at any one time in the world!

Mar. 15, 2010:

Our new newsletter has been mailed out to our paid membership and the new member cards will follow shortly (good for discounts at several Manitoba pet stores). We have also begun our latest photo contest (see forums for details).

For those of you looking to socialize with some of us, check out our next rib night at Tony Roma's on Pembina (Winnipeg) @ 8pm on Thursday, March 25th, 2010. I'm sure at least one of us will be wearing an MHS shirt so we should be easy to recognize.

As well, our Paypal account is now set up for those wishing to renew their 2009 memberships which expire at the end of this month. See the Membership section of the forums for details.

Rob from the BOD has been in touch with Manitoba Conservation and we are in the process of organizing our first outing of 2010, the Narcisse garter snake dens in May. More details will be posted in the forums section as we get closer to that date.

Mar. 07, 2010:

The MHS held its AGM today. Our new membership package was unveiled and several new members signed up on ths spot. For details on the new 2010 Membership Package, visit our forums or click on this link.

As well, back issues of our quarterly newsletter will be posted in the Articles section of this website. Current issues are mailed our to our paid membership. Back issues will be posted when the newest issue is released. Check out our premiere issue, published October of 2009.

Feb. 12, 2010:

For those wishing to register on our site, we have frozen registration at this time due to the volume of spammers hitting our site. On the good side, the new version of the forums will be installed within the next few weeks which should alleviate this problem. If you need access, please contact me at and I will attempt to set up an account for you.

Feb. 09, 2010:

The date of the MHS's Annual General Meeting has been announced! Sunday, March 7, 2010 in the Buchwald Room (2nd Floor) of the Millenium Library from 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm. This event is open to all ages and features the unveiling of our 2010 membership package, the release of our 2nd newsletter and a retrospective of the MHS over the last year! Members are encouraged to attend to renew their memberships and non-members are welcome to find out what the MHS is all about!

Coffee, softdrinks and snacks will be provided. More information will be forthcoming as we get closer to the event.

As well, the MHS is preparing to update its forums software to better service our members and guests alike. As such, there may be some down times over the next month as we prepare to transfer our database to its new home so please bear with us.

For those that wish to meet with some of the MHS members in advance of the AGM and hang out, we have an informal meeting for wings, riblings and beer at the Tony Roma's on Pembina Hwy on Thursday, February 11th at 8pm. Sorry, adults only for this one.

Sept. 08, 2009:

Just a reminder to sign up if you are interested in joining the MHS at Vern Ruml's place this Sunday, September 13th (25 minutes outside of Winnipeg) for a tour of his extensive collection! The MHS is subsidizing the cost of this outing in an attempt to raise funds towards the medical expenses of his large Burmese, Butch, who is terminally ill.

Sept. 07, 2009:

The MHS is looking forward to meeting everyone at the October MRBE at the Polo Park Inn! We will be unveiling some details of our 2010 Membership Package, have copies of our first newsletter in years to members and non-members alike (to be printed quarterly), will be selling t-shirts to help raise money for the club and be selling reduced-price memberships for the balance of the 2009 year (good until February 2010). Look for our bigger and better booth than the July expo!

Manitoba Reptile Breeders Expo

Sept. 01, 2009:

Charlene Adam interviews the MHS for her article "Nuts for Garters" in todays Winnipeg Free Press! Click here to read the whole article

July 13, 2009:

The MHS would like to thank the MRBE for another fantastic show that once again showcased our hobby in a nothing but positive light! Looking forward to the next one on October 4, 2009 at the Polo Park Inn. Click on the MRBE poster for more information.

Manitoba Reptile Breeders Expo

Sept 20, 2008:

The Manitoba Reptile Breeders Expo is coming up! The MHS will be there in full force. Please come by and say hi. Click on the image to visit the MRBE website for details.

Manitoba Reptile Breeders Expo

July 20, 2008:

MHS members had a great time at the July 20th MRBE. The animals were a hit, and the staff was happy to meet many new herpers, as well as catching up with old friends. We can't wait to see everyone at the next expo!

By: Melanie Pratt (Fatal_S)

May 28, 2008:

On the 17th of May a group of people from the MHS attended the Narcisse snake pits. The weather was challenging but it was still an awesome time!

While walking the trails we finally began to see the snakes that thought they could hide from expert snake hunters like us lol! Den one was a little bit sparse but still really neat to see the limestone cave that they have been living in for hundreds of years.

We kept on wandering the trails looking forward to the next den and when we arrived we saw even more snakes, it was almost like they were making a show for us.

Den three was amazing in light of the weather we saw several mating balls. Those snakes didn't seem to mind the weather at all. I found it amazing to see that even with all the wind and rain we all manged to get along and enjoy each others company. People did have a hard time keeping up with me but everyone made an effort. I think that overall it was a time I will remember fondly. Thanks to Rich,Ashley and Amanda for the hard work that went into organizing and planning this event as well to the MHS for keeping this an annual event.With the continued growth of the MHS I know that we will have some fantastic future events! Thanks again to all that made the long drive there and made it a time to remember!

By: Shawn Bellefontaine (shawnbell)

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May 17, 2008

A bruiser of a day with low spring temperatures and a lot of wind. The snakes like our own membership were driven to be there though. Thanks to Amanda for stepping up and working hard to keep the event organised.

From all reports there were still plenty of smiles to go around. The threat of rain couldn't even douse the enthusiasm of this crew.

Melanie won the draw of a $25 gift certificate for the Petland Superstore.

People brought friends, kids and family which is just like we want it. It all made up for a great group. Rich and Ashley were responsible for much of the ground work that lead up to the meeting. Thanks to them for the time they invested.

By Ian

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