The 35th Annual Turtle and Tortoise Show

The Village Community School, 272 West 10th Street, New York City
Saturday, May 30, 2009, 12:00–5:00 P.M.


Please note New York State regulations below.

     The Show is not open to the general public; admission will be limited to NYTTS members and their guests.  All guests will be required to sign in.  No sales of turtles are permitted at the show.  NYTTS cannot assume liability for any animals.
     Bring as many turtles as you like — at least one of each species you own.  This is your once-a-year opportunity to show your collection and to see the turtles of other members.  Don’t hesitate to display your turtles and tortoises even if they are a common species or are not “perfect.”
     The primary purpose of the show is educational, and participants are encouraged to prepare educational displays to accompany their animals.  The displays may incorporate photographs, journals, models, diagrams, and other materials illustrating the natural history and/or captive husbandry and breeding of the particular species.  Displays should be self-supporting or designed for tabletop mounting.

     To cover the costs of the show, there will be a $3.00 fee for each turtle and a $5.00 admission fee for all non-exhibitors (including members and guests).  When you register, you will complete a registration form, and each of your turtles will be assigned a number and given a species ID card.  It is a good idea to download, print and complete the registration form in advance (go to the Registration Form MS Word document or PDF version). Present your completed form when you register (leave the registration numbers blank).  Please be on time!!  Registration begins at 12:00 noon.  No entries will be accepted after judging begins at 1:00 p.m.  Non-exhibitors are welcome at 2:00 p.m.

     Each exhibitor must bring appropriate containers in which to display their turtles.  Glass aquariums, bowls, plastic boxes, or wash buckets are all acceptable; clear containers improve visibility.  Water will be available for the tanks.  All containers must be escape proof!  To prevent animals overheating in the hot sun, be sure to bring adequate shading for both aquatic turtle tanks and tortoise pens (an umbrella attached to the display tables works nicely—and will come in handy in case of rain).

     Blue, red, and white ribbons (ratings of I, II, and Honorable Mention) will be granted according to merit, and a trophy will be awarded to the Best-In-Show turtle.  Judging decisions will be based upon ownership responsibility (length of ownership, general health and physical condition of the animal, and apparent quality of husbandry), and the quality of the animal (configuration and form, uniqueness, and rarity of species).

     New York State law now requires permits for all native New York species:
Blanding’s turtle, Emydoidea blandingii
Bog turtle, Glyptemys (Clemmys) muhlenbergii
Eastern box turtle, Terrapene c. carolina
Diamondback terrapin, Malaclemys t. terrapin
Common map turtle, Graptemys geographica
Eastern mud turtle, Kinosternon s. subrubrum
Common musk turtle, Sternotherus odoratus
Eastern painted turtle, Chrysemys p. picta
Common snapping turtle, Chelydra s. serpentina
Eastern spiny softshell turtle, Tronyx s. spiniferus
Spotted turtle, Clemmys guttata
Wood turtle, Glyptemys (Clemmys) insculpta
Do not bring any of these species unless you can show a valid New York State permit for each New York turtle. New York also requires permits for all turtles and tortoises protected by Federal Regulation 50CFR17. Among the more common protected species are Geochelone radiata, all Gopherus species, and Podocnemis expansa and unifilis.

     The address of the Village Community School is 272 West 10th Street between Washington Street and Greenwich Street (not Greenwich Avenue) just one block from the Hudson River.  The show will be held on the school’s playground; the entrance gate is just to the east (left) of the school’s front entrance.  Drivers should be aware that street fairs in the Village and other parts of Manhattan may necessitate extra driving time.  Parking on the street is possible but may be difficult on weekends with pleasant weather.  There are numerous parking garages and lots nearby.

  • West 4th Street — A, C, E, B, D, F, V trains
  • Christopher St./Sheridan Sq. — #1 Broadway / 7th Ave. Local train
  • Christopher Street PATH Station — New Jersey PATH trains

If you have further questions, please e-mail

Don’t Forget to Bring
Your Unwanted Turtle Bric-a-brac
— Sculpture, Jewelry, etc. —
To Contribute to the Silent Auction!

If you live outside the New York area and/or are unable to attend the Show — and you still have lots of turtle goodies you would like to get rid of — please send them to Suzanne Dohm, NYTTS President, 40-23 204th Street, Bayside, NY 11361.  Your contribution is greatly appreciated!!

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