.Dedicated to the conservation and care of turtles and tortoises.

Mid-Atlantic Turtle & Tortoise Society

All-Maryland Reptile Show takes place in Havre de Grace Maryland from 9 AM to 3 PM. For directions, follow the link to their website. Dates for 2018 include: 5/5,  6/2,  7/7, 8/11,  9/8,  10/6,  11/3,  &  12/15.

.​Hamburg Reptile Show - Northwestern Berks Reptile Show takes place in Hamburg, PA. Come discover one of the largest Reptile Shows on the East Coast.. Dates for 2018 include 2/24/18, 4/28/18, 6/9/18, 8/4/18, 10/20/18, and 12/1/18

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MATTS Meeting Schedule


Saturday, March 3, 2018 (Open to Public) - Chris Leone (Garden State Tortoise) is a professional turtle and tortoise breeder working with a very wide variety of species. Some are nearly extinct in the wild, and he has been very successful in breeding them, thus helping to preserve some species from extinction. His presentation will share his experience with proper habitat/enclosure construction, tortoise diet and a better understanding of various species and their breeding. This program will be very helpful for both the experienced as well as the newer keeper of tortoises and turtles

Saturday, May 19, 2018 (Open to Public) - The Mid-Atlantic Turtle and Tortoise Society is very pleased and honored to have Dr. Peter Paul van Dijk to speak about some of the highlights of his world-wide turtle conservation work. Dr. van Dijk is well-known around the world for his many accomplishments in helping to save many threatened turtle and tortoise species. He has dedicated over 25 years in legislation, research, education, explorations, habitat
preservation efforts and more on all continents. His efforts have saved many species from certain extinction. He will be speaking on some of his life’s fascinating work experiences. It should be a very informative and enjoyable evening for all who attend.

Saturday, October 6, 2018 (Open to Public) - TBD - Dr. Lara Backus is a veterinarian with Maryland Avian and Exotics Veterinary Care. She will discuss nutritional and biotic disorders of turtles and tortoises..Dr. Backus will be going over some of the most common diseases seen in turtle and tortoise species in captivity, ranging from nutritional to traumatic to infectious diseases. The main focus will be on the common signs of these diseases as well as ways to prevent and treat them. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV), the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV), and the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV).

October 13, 2018 (Members only) - Annual picnic TBD - Check your email for details.in early Fall. Rain date: Oct. 14th. 

​Save the Dates! MATTS 2019 Meetings

January 5
March 2
May 18
October 5​

MATTS meetings are open to the public. We look forward to having you attend! All meetings are held on Saturdays at the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks Banneker Museum in Catonsville.

The Banneker Museumis located at 300 Oella Avenue in Catonsville, Maryland. The museum is located on 142 acres of stream valley woodland. The park is dedicated to the conservation of wildlife habitat and the preservation of the natural history of the land. This historic park features panoramic nature trails, archaeological sites and living history areas, which recreate the colonial farm and life of the Banneker family who purchased the land in 1734.

See map for details and directions. Please park in front and use the main entrance.

Members arrive at 6:00pm   -   Meeting begins at 7:00pm   -   Speakers from 7:30pm-8:30pm

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