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APRIL JvIEETING Friday, April 3, 1987 7:00 PM Room 335, Borlaug Hall St. Paul Campus, University of Minnesota The April meeting will be ~lliS Camera Night. A.B. Sheldon, corresponding member and winner of the }rnS 1985 and 1986 Peoples Choice Photo Award, will do a slide presentation on "Photographing Reptiles in the \\7ild". Blakes talk will give us some pointers on taking reptile/amphibian photos. You are asked to bring your camera (35mm, 110, instant, etc.) to this meeting to take pictures. The ~IHS Board will set up about 5 natural settings with live herps they will be supplying for a photo session. Bring plenty of film (print/slide/color or B & \\7). High speed or flash is suggested for indoor shooting, but not necessary. If you are not interested in taking pictures of herps, maybe try taking pictures of other members taking pictures of herps. Blake is also donating a matted color print of his 1986 MHS Peoples Choice winner of a hatching wood turtle for our monthly raffle. All the more reason for you to be at this Aprils meeting. There will be no "critter" of the month for April.

Our March meeting was well attended with 85+ members. The turn-out for favorite herp was very impressive. The Annual Meeting election resulted in the following: President - Ann Porwoll Vice-President - John Moriarty Secretary - Melissa Hyatt Treasurer - Bruce Haig Newsletter Editor - Tom Schmitz


Member at Member at Member at Member at Immediate

Large - Fred Bosman Large - Bruce Delles Large - Aaron Hampton Large - John Meltzer Past President - Fran Frisch

Snakebite Emergency Poison Control System 221-2113 (outstate) 1-800-222-1222 Hennepin Regional Poison Center (612) 347-3141



March, 1987

Dear Members:

I look forward to working with the society members and the officers as your new President. I will work to keep MHS on its path of educating the membership and the public on the care and captive propagation of herps, the ecological role of these animals, and to promote the study and conservation of herps. I wish to thank you the members for your interest in MHS. I feel with your continued help and the efforts of our new board, we should have a very good year. The following members: Andrea Oster, Jim Gerholdt, Bob Duerr and Dan Keyler, deserve our hardy thanks for their work over the past year(s). These people are stepping down as officers of our society. They will be missed but I will be calling on them for their continued input and help. I would like to welcome the new officers: Melissa Hyatt, Tom Schmitz, Aaron Hampton and John Meltzer to the MHS board. New people are very important to the growth and continued existence of a society. After our first board meeting, I am pleased to announce that they are all eager to dig in to the business of running MRS. And last but not least, are those members who believe in our society enough to work at a second term as officers. A special thanks to: John Moriarty, Bruce Haig, Fred Bosman, Fran Frisch and Bruce Delles for their continued work. Their past experience will help guide us through the ~oming year. We are planning no major changes in the running of MHS. Meetings will continue to be the first Friday of every month. They will be held at Borlaug Hall and will start at 7:00 p.m. There are some things that we should be concerned about. Please be courteous to your neighbor. People come to the meetings to listen to presentations and share information. This is hard to achieve when there is alot of disruptive noise and talking going on. We all have the right and the time to express ourselves. Please use it accordingly. Also, for your own safety, please do not stand or walk around the front of the' room while animals are being presented for critter of the month. We would hate to see anyone bitten by an excited animal. Wait until the end of the presentations and the meeting, then feel free to come down and view the critters. Another safety concern we have is over people running up and down the aisles. The danger of someone tripping or falling against a sharp desk corner could be very unpleasant. Why have a good evening end in disaster. One of our committees is in need of help. Our refreshment chairperson, Helen Schave (835-6001), is in need of 2 to 3 assistants. They would help her to set up the refreshments and work on cleaning up after the meeting. With these duties spread over a couple of people, the work would go fast. We also need people to volunteer to bring cookies for a snack at break time. It is a lot easier if two people bring each month, that way no one should feel pressured about what they bring. Since the attendance at meetings has been in the 80's, that is alot of cookies to expect from one person. It is not a requirement that the snacks be home made. Store cookies work just as well. It is suppose to be just a little something to tide us over. Thank you for your help and support in this coming year. society ... let's keep it going. Sincerely,



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To The Members of MRS, Thanks for making my last meeting as your Newsletter Editor a memorable one! I really appreciate the framed certificate of appreciation you gave me. It is hanging in a place of honor over my desk at home. The bool(s you gave me were a real surprise, especially the somewhat tattered copy of "How to Keep Snakes in Captivity" by Ross Allen. This has not found a place of honor, or any place, for that matter! The limited reprint edition of "The Snakes of Australia; An Illustrated and Descriptive Catalogue of All the Known Species" by Gerard Krefft, has. This beautiful facsimile of the 1869 work was a real unexpected thanks, and I will treasure it. I think the brass plaque inside the front cover, "To Jim Gerholdt from MRS 1987" is ~vhat makes it really special to me. It is also signed on the facing page by the MRS Board. I have enjoyed being your Editor for these years. Again, thanks! Jim Gerholdt

EDITOR'S CORNER I would like to thank Jim Gerholdt for giving us a newsletter that has been informative and well accepted these past 5+ years. I am looking forward to the challenge of continuing this effort. This newsletter should help MHS carry out our purpose in education of the membership and the general public in care and captive propagation, the ecological role, and the study and conservation of reptiles and amphibians. This is your newsletter, and you are the reporters. I am looking forward to the same support you gave Jim Gerholdt in the submitting of articles that will keep this newsletter growing. Please send all articles to me: TOM SCHMITZ

850 W. MINNEHAHA ST. PAUL, MN 55104 I will try to arrange and produce a newsletter that is timely and one we will all be proud of. Thanks again for your support.


WISCONSIN HERPETOLOGICAL ATLAS PROJECT VOLUNTEER OBSERVERS NEEDED The Wisconsin Herpetological Atlas Project is in its second year and observers are needed to report amphibian and reptile sightings. If you plan on spending time in the field this year looking for herps your participation will help add to our knowledge of herp distribution and abundance. This is a cooperative project between the Milwaukee Public Museum, Section of Vertebrate Zoology and the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, Bur. of Endangered Resources. Goals incude assessing current and historical distribution and abundance of all species of amphibians and reptiles in Wisconsin, publishing a comprehensive herpetofaunal atlas, and developing an on-line computer file for easy access and summarization of all known occurrence records. This is a confidential file. Exact localities are given out only if a responsible party can demonstrate a need for specific locality data. This information is vital for conservation and management of these animals and for directing research needs. If you are concerned about declining populations of species, or upset at seemingly over-restrictive legislation on species you know are abundant, here's your chance to help build the data base needed to demonstrate these situations to the appropriate authorities. This ;s a long term project which will eventually provide the hard facts on numbers and distributions needed to properly conserve, manage and regulate our native herpetofauna. Participation involves entering any observations of Wisconsin herps onto the Atlas Project report forms. You simply fill ;n the species, how many were seen, when and where. You can use the report form found in this Newsletter or write to the address below for forms. For those observers inclined to do more, there ;s a need for documenting species occurrence. This involves taking photographs or collecting specimens (road kills) to deposit in a museum collection as a permanent record of species occurrence. A surprising number of common species have never been documented in many areas (example: no records for Snapping Turtles from Buffalo, Trempeleau or La Crosse counties!). How do you know which species need to be documented? Write to the address below for county lists. Tell us which counties you plan to go herping in and we'll send you a list of all species which have already b~en documentated for those counties. Then, if you find something that is not on the list - you'll know you have a new county record and can either photograph or collect the specimen. Finally, if you have field notes from previous years we are interested in obtaining them - please contact us. For further information or reporting forms write: Gary S. Casper, Section of Vertebrate Zoology, Milwaukee Public Museum, 800 W. Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233.


AMPHIBIAN & REPTILE OBSERVATION FORM Wisconsin Herpetological Atlas Project SEND TO: G.S. Casper Vertebrate Zoology Milwaukee Public Museum 800 W. Wells St. Milwaukee, WI 53233

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PHONE ~-------------------------------------INSTRUCTIONS: Fill out as completely as possible. If you don't have town/range maps, describe locality referring to roads and distances (see example). Continue on back of form if needed. If documentation was taken (photos, specimen) note this on back of form. Return to above address by 15 November. -

Species Blue-spotted EXA MPLE: Salamander

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Miscellaneous Notes

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WESTERN HOGNOSE SNAKE (HETERODON NASICUS NASICUS) With their turned-up, freckled faces, Western Hognose snakes are the cute performers of the snake world. When caught in the wild, most will try to scare people off by caping, hissing loudly and almost endlessly. Some will strike; but if you watch carefully, this is a CLOSED-MOUTH STRIKE, sometimes AWAY from whatever is threatening the snake. If this doesn't scare an "attacker", a Hognose has a second "act". It will twist and turn, acting as though it is in agony. It will open its mouth, dangle its tongue (possibly getting dirt in the mouth), and finally turn upside-down; some may bleed from the mouth and eyes. There is a flaw in this act. If a person picks up the Hognose and turns it right side up, the snake will turn upside-down ~gain. The average length of an adult Western Hognose is 2 feet. The average weight is 7 ounces. The record length is 3 feet, 1 inch. The length of the average baby, at birth, is 6 inches. This is a heavy~bodied snake with an upturned snout and broad neck. The rostral scale is GREATLY ENLARGED and keeled on top. Scales are keeled, and the anal plate is divided. The PLAINS HOGNOSE, Heterodon nasicus nasicus, has DARK body blotches compared to the ground color. The body blotches number MORE THAN 35 in males and MORE THAN 40 in females. They are found on sandy or gravelly prairies, floodplains of rivers and streams, and semi-arid habitats. H.n.nasicus range in North and South Dakota, W. Minnesota to S.E. Alberta, South to New Mexico; isolated colonies occur in Manitoba, central Minnesota, and Iowa. INTERGRADES occur between H.n.nasicus and H.n.gloydi in Kansas, Oklahoma" and N.W. Missouri; isolated colonies are found in the sand prairies of western Illinois and S.E. Iowa. The DUSTY HOGNOSE, H.n.gloydi, has dark mid-dorsal blotches which are not as dark or sharp as the Plains Hognose. These, when counted from the head to the beginning of the tail, are FEWER THAN 32 in males and FEWER THAN 37 in females. The Dusty is found in S.E. Kansas to most of Texas; isolated colonies are found in S.E. Missouri and S.W. Illinois. The MEXICAN HOGNOSE, H.n.kennerlyi, is much like the Dusty Hognose in pattern and coloration; it is distinguished by SCALE DIFFERENCE ON THE HEAD. There are 2-6 small scales in the group on top of the head, directly behind the rostral scale on the Mexican; the Plains and Dusty have 9 or MORE scales. The Mexican Hognose is found in EXTREME Southern Texas to S.E. Arizona and Northern Mexico. Hognose breed in the wild from March to May. They are egg-layers; most eggs are laid in July to early August. There are 4 to 23 elongate, I! inch-long eggs that hatch in 7-9 weeks, depending on the weather. Some babies hatch so late in the year that they do not get to-eat before winter in the Northern states, such as Minnesota. Article submi tted by:

Toni Vangen

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HELP A HAPLESS HERP A happy home was found for our hapless herp -路a f~nce lizard - at the March meeting. The only hapless herp at this writting, is a common Basilisk (~ale) who is looking for a home at the next meeting. The new adoption committee is made up of the following three people: Fred Bosman, Bruce Delles, and John Meltzer. If you have a hapless herp in need of a home, please contact one of these three people for assistance.

RAFFLE The March raffle brought the society $57.00!! Aaron Hampton won an aquarium pump, Vince Jimerson won an aquarium, Dina McKinley won a brass alligator clip, Dave Wiener won a very nice calendar, and: Larry Yank won an Audubon Zoo poster from New Orleans. Thanks to everyone who bought tickets, and a special thanks to those who donated the prizes this month.

REFRESHMENTS Refreshments for the March meeting were supplied by 'Sally Brewer. Thanks for the goodies Sally!! If you would like to bring refreshments - remember, they don't have to be home-made - or if YOU AND A FRIEND would like to bring the refreshments, please call Helen Schave at 835-6001. She's waiting for your call.

OCCASIONAL PAPERS The Occasional Papers have been prepared, printed, and made ready for you to pick up at the April 3rd meeting. Please be there to pick up your copy and help MHS save on needless postage.

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CITY OF SAINT PAUL ST. PAUl'S COMO ZOO Midway Parkway and Kaufman Drive Saint Paul, Minnesota 55103 488路4041


21 Mar 87 Mr. Fran Frisch: 850 Minnehaha Ave. West St. Paul, MN 55104 Dear Mr. Frisch: Public Contact with Specimens Belonging to or Handled by Members of the Minnesota Herpetological Society (MHS) while at Como Zoo


To insure the safety of zoo visitors during animal demonstrations, held at Como ,Zoo, by the M. B. S. the following guidelines are to be adhe ced to: 1. No member of the public is to pick up, hold or reach into any cage or confinement containing any of the above referenced specimens handled by M.B.S. members during these demonstrations 2. The head of any snake is to be under the control of the M.H.S. member whenever the specimen is in direct contact with or within "striking" range of a zoo visitor 3. Contact of specimens is to be limited to that part of the specimen~ body posterior to the head 4. No venomous specimens are to be brought to the zoo

The Zoo wishes to continue these valuable reptile education demonstrations with the M.B.S. It is the concern of all of us that through these demonstrations we can help diminish the negative image of the reptile and clarify the myths surrounding this fascinating group of vertebrates

VC/ju cc: J. Prill V. Scheunemann


Announcing the Reprint of a Classic on the Herpetology of Mexico and Central America





Reptilia and Batrachia by Albert GUnther Cit

With New Introductions by Hobart M. Smith and A. E. Gunther About SOO pages, 76 plates (12 in full color); fonnat 8.5 x 11 inches (21.5 x 28 em), clothbound. To be published September 1987.

The series Biologia Centrali-Americana, published in London in 67 volumes over the period 1879 to 1915, is the most comprehensive summary ever issued covering the botany and zoology of Middle America. The volume on amphibians and reptiles was entrusted to Albert GUnther of the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) Who was one of the leading herpetologists of his era. As for the entire Biologia series, the geographic coverage extends from the USA-Mexican border through Panama including the adjacent islands. This region contains one of the largest and most diverse herpetofaunas in the world. The volume covers 695 species, of which 58 are described as new in addition to three new genera, and it has been out-of-print and unavailable for decades. Because of this scarcity, copies have brought as much as $1000 recently on the second-hand market. A major reason for the continuing value and importance of this book today is the series of 76 full-page plates which depict 138 species in 435 individual figures. These detailed plates, drawn by some of the most distinguished natural history artists, are among the finest likenesses, both scientifically and aesthetically, of amphibians and reptiles ever published (see sample plate on reverse side). Twelve of these plates are colored in the original and all are reproduced in full color in this reprint. Because of the outstanding beauty of these color plates -- which include turtles (3 plates), lizards (2), snakes (5), and frogs (2) -- 400 separate sets are being printed but only 250 sets are being offered for sale. Professor Smith provides an introduction that will greatly increase the book's utility. This includes information about the author and editors, details about the collectors and' collections, and an extensive table equating GUnther's species names to modem nomenclature. Doctor Gunther, the author's grandson, has written an in-depth biography of Albert Gunther with a complete listing of his 200 herpetological publications. This reprint is being issued to commemorate the Society's 1987 meeting in Veracruz, Mexico, its first outside the USA. Printing costs are partly underwritten by a Patron and the Friends of the Society, allowing for special low prepublication prices.

PRICES AND ORDERING INSTRUCTIONS. Copies of the book and sets of plates can be obtained from the Publications Secretary, Douglas H. Taylor, Department of Zoology, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio 45056, USA. Please make checks payable to "SSAR"; receipt sent on request only. Prices include shipping charges (book rate) within USA; all overseas orders will be billed only for the additional postage. Publications sent at customer's risk; however, packages can be insured at your cost. Overseas customers must make payment in USA funds, by International Money Order, or by MasterCard or VISA (in which case account number and expiration date must be provided). Cit

CLOTHBOUND BOOK (ISBN 0..916984-17-6): Prepublication price to SSAR members if ordered before 1 September 1987.................. $28

Price to Institutions, Non-members, and to all purchasers after 1 September 1987........ $50 Cit SET OF 12

COLOR PLATES (wrapped in protective plastic cover):

Prepublication price to SSAR members if ordered before 1 September 1987.................. $10 Price to Institutions, Non-members, and to all purchasers after 1 September 1987........ $18 The Society publishes Journal of Herpetology, Herpetological Review, Facsimile R:eprints in Herpetology, Herpetological Circulars, Contributions to Herpetology (monographs), and Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles. Pricelists are available from Dr. Taylor who can also supply information about Society membership on request.



The MHS library will be open for your use during break and 10 minutes before and after monthly meeting~ It will be closed during normal meeting procedures. All books are checked out of the library for one (1) month. Contact Nancy Haig at the meeting or call 789-4637 if you need more time than this. The following are new additions to the library: 1) "Sea Turtles & Shrimp Trawlers" (pamphlet) from Heart of Piney Woods Wildlife Society 2) "Field Herpetology ... Methods for the Study of Amphibians/Reptiles in Minnesota" Donated by Toni Vangen and John Jesmer, Jr.

"HOPE THERE'S ENOUGH TO GO AROUND!" Please wait for break before going to the refreshment table.

Remember, there are

80+ members all trying to enjoy a cup of coffee and a cookie or two.

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"CRITTER OF THE MONTH" Thirty-one (31) members brought their favorite herps to the March "critter" of the month. Here is a list of members in alphabetical order with their herps we enjoyed seeing: Craig Allman - Argentine Snake-Necked Turtle (Hydromedusa tectifera) Kate Anderson - Sunbeam Snake (Xenopeltis unicolor) Fred and Liz Bosman - Desert Iguana (Dipsosaurus dorsalis) Bruce Cutler - Northern Alligator Lizard (Elgaria coerulea) Bruce Delles - Sidewinder (Crotalus cerastes) Chase Delles - Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) Connie Delles - Gray Banded Kingsnake (Lampropeltis mexicana) Jim Ellis - Dumeril's Ground Boa (Acrantophis dumerili) Fran Frisch - Gila Monster (Heloderma suspectum) Jim Gerholdt - Slime Watch (Slimus watchus rattlesnakus) Pam Goda - Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) Aaron Hampton - White's Tree Frog (Litoria caerulea) Southern Pine Snake (Pituophis melanoleucus mugitus) Becky Helgesen - Greek Tortoise (Testudo graeca) Melissa Hyatt - Common Boa (Boa constrictor) Vince and Nannete Jimerson - Common Boa (Boa constrictor) Dan Keyler - Emory's Rat Snake (Elaphe guttata emoryi) Greg Kvanbek - Fox Snake (Elaphe vulpina) Jeff LeClere - Bullsnake (Pituophis melanoleucus sayi) Dan Lindemeier - Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum) Fern Linedeier - Red Sided Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis parieta11s) Geoff McRandall - California Kingsnake (Lampropeltis getulus californ~~,;) John Meltzer - Brown Sand Boa (Eryx johni) John Moriarty - Red Footed Tortoise (Geochelone carbonaria) Barney Oldfield - Tyranosaruus (Tyranosaurus stuffus exlinda) Casey Oldfield - Pterosaur (Pterosaurus stuffus exlinda) Tom Schmitz - Leopard Gecko (Eublepharis macularius) Arian Sheets - African Clawed Frog (Xenopus laevis) Toni Vangen - Western Hognose Snake (Heterodon nasicus) David Wiener - African Rubber Frog/Red-banded Frog (Phrynomerus bifasciatus) Thanks for sharing these herps with us. It was fun seeing so many herps at the meeting. REMEMBER ... April meeting will not have a "critter" of the Month. Please remember to bring your camera, and plenty of film.

Puttin' on the Herps

~ant a cha~ce to s~ow off your herps and spread the word about the Minnesota erpetolog~c~l.S~clety?

Eastman Nature Center is hosting a program to pro-

zot~rthe ~lSlblll~y of the Minneso~a Herpetological Society on Saturday, April , ~m Members lnterested in participating are encouraged ~~ brlng thelr favorlte herps for an informal show and tell. Contact Bob lbson at 420-4300 days or 420-2503 evenings for more information.

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Nina Andrusesky 1474 Branston St. St. Paul, MN 55108

Debra and Wendy Schneider See James Schneider 1249 Galtier St. St. Paul, MN 55117

Brian Basilisk 1036 43rd Ave. NE Columbia Heights, MN

John W. Simon 16324 Yttrium St. NW Ramsey, MN 55303


Becky Casteel 1419 Ashland Ave. St. Paul, MN 55104

Chris A. Thorson 975 Argyle St. St. Paul, MN 55103

Steven J. ,Eastep 1104 W. County Road D #226 New Brighton, MN 55112

Mark Weigner, Jr. 1103 W. Broad St. Quakertown, PA 18951

Kristi Francis See Jeffery Francis 505 Derby St. Chattanoga, TN 37404

Maryland Herpetological Society Natural History Society of MD 2643 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21218

Tom Helgesen See Rebecca Helgesen 1755 Lincoln Ave. St. Paul, MN 55105

San Diego Herpetological Society PO Box 4439 San Diego, CA 92104

Dan Monson 890 Rice Street St. Paul, MN 55117

Tropical Concepts c/o Phil & Mary Palan 4637 Central Ave. NE Columbia Heights, MN


The above names are NEW MEMBERS only. The MHS White Pages have been updated with address changes and corrections and will be available for you to pick up at the April 3 meeting.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Classified ads are run in the MHS Newsletter as a free service to the membership. No paid ads are accepted from nonmembers. No ads will be run for venomous species. While MHS will not run ads for known sick or illegal animals, we accept no responsibility for the health or legality of any animals advertised here. Please send ALL ads directly to the Newsletter Editor, and not to the MHS address. The deadline for all Newsletter items is the 15th of the month!

MINNESOTA HERPETOLOGICAL SOCIETY DELICATESSEN REMEMBER - During each meeting we will have available the following items: FRESH FROZEN RATS - JUMBO SIZE - $2.00 each FRESH FROZEN RAT PUPS - $4.00 per dozen 5 DOZEN PUPS OR 6 ADULTS LIMIT! We still do not have a source of mice. source, and let us know.

Please keep an eye open for any mice

TO ORDER RATS: Call Bruce or Connie at 593-0298. Order no later than the Thur. before the meeting. Don't forget containers to prevent thaw out. FOR SALE: Plug-in voltage regulators - custom built. Turns down heater and light - just plug into regulator. 1 double outlet and 1 regulator - $15.00. Two double outlets and two regulators, independent - $20.00. Has power surge safety. Contact David at (612) 444-9775. Mornings or late evenings are best times.

FOR SALE: 2.5 African Burrowing Pythons (Calabaria reinhardtii) adults & feeding well - $110. .1 Ball Python (Python regius) 5ft, feeds well on mice - $75 . . 1 oketee Cornsnake - 1986 hatch - $25. .1 Western Hognose (Heterodon nasicus) 3ft. captive hatched, good feeder, proven breeder - $50. Call John at (612) 780-8561 evenings.

SPRING IS ALH03~ HERE! DO YOU HAVE YOUR VERY OWN MHS T-SHIRTS? ORDER THEM TODAY AND BEAT THE RUSH! HELLO ...I have the entire month of May off for herping of non-venomous snakes anywhere in continental USA. If you know of a contact or guide, would you please leave a message with Toni at (612) 473-5365? Thanks, John Jesmer. Or write me: 5841 73rd Ave. No., Apt 244, Brooklyn Park, Mn. 55429-1150.



Largest Selection of Reptiles & Amphibians in Minnesota High Quality - Reasonable Prices - Personal Service Cages, Books, Feed & Supplies

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st. Anthony, MN


For Quality Veterinary Care at a Reasonable Price Call 540 Winnetka Ave. No. Golden Valley, Mn 55427 "Lower Level"


Owners: Bruce & Connie Delles

(612) 593-0298 Open 7 Days a Week

Herp Photos -

8" X 10" Color Prints (with mat) Duplicate slides from my collection

$10 each $1' each

Orders will be taken at April Meeting or send requests to: A. B. Sheldon 333 Buchner Pl. #232 La Crosse, WI. 54603 (603) 782-5518 FOR SALE: Large wood display cage - 32" H. x 34" W. x 28" D. - front is baystyle 3 sided seamless plexiglass - $225 or Best Offer. Contact John at (612) 647-1334. WANTED: Refreshments for the monthly meetings. Contact Helen Schave at (612) 835-6001.

Let us know if you want to help.


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PRESENTORS (tentative) -'n Update on the Tuatara, (Sphenodon Dunctatus) and Other Breeding Projects at the St. Louis Zoological Park Ronald Goellner, Curator of Reptiles, St. Louis Zoological Park Heminephrectomy and Nuclear Scanning in a Speckled Kingsnake lLamprope1tis getulus ho1brooki) With a Kidney Tumor Richard Funk, D.V.M., University of Tennessee Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Knoxville Implications of Cryptosporidiosis in Regurgitating Emerald Tree Boas, Cora11us caninus Richard Funk, D.V.M., University of Tennessee Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Knoxville A Review of Nutritional Requirements for Captive Reptiles and Amphibians Paula Swanson. Keeper, Fresno Zoo Pathology of Reptiles and Amphibians R. William Torgerson, MPVM-DVH, Chicago Zoological Park, Brookfield, Illinois The Role of Animal Dealers: Animals in a Transit Situation Louis Porras, Zooherp, Inc., Sandy, Utah The Use and Misuse of Herpetology Equipment Richard Fuhrman, Furmont Reptile Equipment, La Porte, Texas Management and Closed Generation Breedino Results of Dendrobates auratus ---J-oyce Peterson, Senior Keeper, Chicago Zoological Park, Brookfield, Illinois Husbandry and Propagation of Arrow-Poison Frogs of the Genus Dendrobates Rick Emmer, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Cleveland, Ohio Management and Breeding of the Puerto Rican Crested Toad, Peltophryna lemur Bob Johnson, Toronto Zoo, Toronto, Ontario Aliens: Parasitic Invaders and How to Find Them Susanne P. Wahlquist, M.S., Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, Georgia I I The Current Status of the Alligator Snapping Turtle, Macroclemys I temminckii, in the Southeast United States I I Greg George, Keeper. Atlanta Zoo, Atlanta, Georqia I Varanus ~lanagement and Breedi ng Programs at the Mi ami Metro Zoo I I Bill Ziegler, Curator, ~1iami ~letro Zoo. Miami. Florida I Management and Reproduction of the Mexican Beaded Lizard. l I Heloderma horridum at the Detroit Zoo ~ Linda Anstandig. Keeper. Detroit Zoo, Detroit. Michigan I I Husbandry Techniques for the Ouvo1k, Cordylus giganteus David Hild. Herpetologist, Dickerson Park Zoo, Sprinqfield. MO II I Husbandry of the Spiny-tailed Agama, Uromastyx acanthinurus. I at the Oklahoma City Zoo I Scott Wheeler, Keeper, Oklahoma City Zoo I

Management and Breeding Strategies'at the Centro de rnvestigaciones Herpetologicas in the Canary rs1ands Bert Langerwerf. Co-Director, C.D.r.H.S.L. Techniques and Problems of Large Scale Propagation of LizardS and Frogs Philippe De Voejoli and Bob Mailloux, Redondo Beach, California The Management and Captive Reproduction of the Round rs1and Boa. Casarea dussumieri at the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust Quentin Bloxam. Curator of reptiles, Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust Captive /,lanagement and Reproduction of Boas of the Genus Eryx David Sorenson, Milwuakee County Zoological Gardens Important Considerations for Snake Feeding James B. Murphy, Curator of Reptiles. Dallas Zoo Techniques for Captive Breeding the Indian Python, Python m. molurus ----S-cott Michaels, Urbana, Illinois Captive Propagation and Husbandry in the Genus Aspidelaps at the San Antonio Zoo Al Kardon, Assistant Supervisor, San Antonio Zoo Several Husbandry Techniques Developed at Brookfield Zoo's Reptile House Terrie Blueman, Lead Keeper of Reptiles. Chicago Zoological Park Breedinq the Chinese Crocodile Lizard • .?hirugil.rus_.s.rocodi1urus, at the San Diego Zoo Susan Schafer, San Diego Zoo Propagation of the Chinese Alligator John Behler, Curator, Department of Herpetology, New York Zoological Park A Foolproof Method for Sexing Skinks of the Genera Tiligua and Egernia Ernie Wagner, Herpetocu1turist, Seattle. WA





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* Behind-the-Scenes Tour - Brookfield Zoo Reptile Building * B~hind-the-Scenes Tour - Lincoln Park Zoo Reptile Building * Field Trip to the Field MuseUlli • Catered banquets!! the Brookfield and Lincoln Park Zoos * After-Dinner Speaker Quentin Bloxa~ - NThe Status of Herpetofauna and Other Wildlife in the Hllagasy Republic· * Evening Slide Show by Or. Harold Wahlquist - ·Wildlife of Australia,- A 45-minute slide narratiVE! on herps, birds. and marsupials observed and photographed in eastern Australia during August 1986. Both wild and captive specimens will be shown along with habitat shots. * Fecal Workshop - Richard Funk. D.V.M. (University of Tennesse Veterinary TeacMng Hospital) and Steve Barten, D.V.M. (Vernon Hills Veterinary Hospital. Mundel in. IL) wi 11 instruct participants on how to detect parasites in fecal samples. Microscopes and all suppHes (including ·samples·) will be provided. Bring your own fecals (in a baggy, please) for testing! * Turtle and Tortoise Workshops - Brett Stearns (Associate Director of the Institute for Herpetological Research and Associate in the Department of Herpetology. California Academy of Sciences) will moderate an open forum on turtle and tortoise husbandry and breeding techniques.

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Vol 7 (1987), No. 3  
Vol 7 (1987), No. 3  

Minnesota Herpetological Society Newsletter