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MINNESOTA HERPETOLOGICAL SOCIETY NEWSLETTER Vol. 17 No. 10 OCTOBER 1997


MINNESOTA HERPETOLOGICAL SOCIETY Newsletter Volume 17 Number 10 October 1997 The purpose of the Mirmesota Herpetological Society is to : • further the education of the membership and the general public in care and captive propagation of reptiles and amphibians; • educate the members and the general public in the ecological role of reptiles and amphibians; • promote the study and conservation of reptiles and amphibians.

MHS Board of Directors President Vice president Recording Secretary Membership Secretary

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George Richard Barbara Radanke Bruce Haig Mark Schmidtke Marilyn Blasus Nancy Haig Fred Bosman Scott Larson James Rea Sarah Richard Roger Statz

Treasurer Newsletter Editor Member at Large Member at Large Member at Large Member at Large Member at Large

639-6368 291-1132 434-8684 481-0127 925-4237 434-8684 476-0306 434-6453 457-8107 639-6326 424-8816

Herp Assistance Specific questions concerning amphibians and reptile are best answered by contacting the following individuals. Please be reasonable about the time of day and how frequently you call.

Large Boas and Pythons Glen Jacobsen (612) 757-8268

Other snakes Jeff LeClere John Meltzer

(612) 488-6388 (612) 263-7880

Terrestrial Turtles Fred Bosman John Levell

(612) 476-0306 (507) 467-3076

Aquatic Turtles Gary Ash John Levell

(612) 753-0218 (507) 467-3076

Lizards Nancy Haig Bill Moss

(612) 434-8684 (612) 488-1383

Crocodilians Jeff Lang

(701) 772-0227

Amphibians Greg Kvanbeck John Meltzer

(612) 533-7723 (612) 263-7880

Special Committees: Adoption Chair Sarah Richard

(612) 639-6326

Snakebite Emergency Hennepin Co. Regional Poison Center (612) 347 - 3141 Minnesota Poison Control System Local: (612) 221-2113 Out of State: (800) 222 - 1222

Amphibians and reptiles in Mirmesota Greg Kvanbeck (612) 533-7723 John Moriarty (612) 4828109

Education Chair Sean Hewitt

(612) 935-5845

MHS Voice Mail (612) 624 -7065 E-mail: mnherpsoc@aol.com Internet: http://www.onrampinc.netfmhsf The Minnesota Herpetological Society Newsletter is published monthly by the Minnesota Herpetological Society. Publication deadline is the weekend of the general meeting. Submissions should be sent to : MHS Editor, c/o The Bell Museum of Natural History, 10 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455·0104 Prinlo.,d on req·ded paper.

© Copyright Minnesota Herpetological Society 199'7. Contents may be reproduced for non-profit use provided that all material is reproduced

without change and proper credit is given authors and the.MHS Newsletter citing; volume, number, and date.


MHS Newsletter Volume 17 Number 10

News, Notes & Announcements 13th Annual Midwest Symposium

Upcoming Meeting Highlights The Vice-Presidellt's Report By Barbara Buzicky Radanke

By the time thls goes to press we wiII be gathered for the Midwest Symposium. Hope you all have had the opportunity to enjoy it. We wiII cover the Symposium in more detail in the November newsletter.

October Program: Western Hognose Snakes: Captive Husbandry & Propagation Guest Speaker: John Meltzer

Herp Assistants Needed

We have been waiting a long time for thls talk about Western Hognose Snakes, Family: Colilbridae xellodolllinae. John Meltzer will be this month's speaker sharing his vast wealth of knowledge about the Western Hognose. This snake species can be found through out southern Canada and the central United States down to eastern Mexico. There are approximately three subspecies. These snakes are mostly to be found on prairies, sand dunes, grasslands, swamp areas and river banks. In Mexico, they can be found in Montane regions up to almost 3,000 meters elevation.

After the Hands-on with the Aninlal Control Association we have a request for someone wiIling to answer calls for reptile information from officers in the Duluth and Silver Bay area. You could help with general information or act as a contact to the appropriate person in the society and relay messages. If you live UP NORTH, now's the time to make our presence really statewide. We still need someone to answer calls in the metro area for Large Pythons and Boas. Contact Nancy Haig (434-8684) if you are interested in either of these positions.

They can grow to about 0.4 to 1.1 meters in length. The tip of the snout is turned upward with a body that is compactly built. Their heads are large and not strongly set off from their bodies. They have dorsal scales that are keeled. W1len excited they flatten their necks like cobras and emit a strong hissing sound. If the disturbance persists, they turn over on their backs and fake deatll. They are egg layers and produce between 5 to 40 eggs per clutch.

Special Thanks to Mark Gernes who donated his Septembers Speaker fee back to the MHS to use on conservation projects.

If you know of any conservation project or organization that could use our support please contact a Board Member. Remember, 75% of the cash surplus from the Midwest wiII go towards contributions this year.

John will talk about their natural history In Minnesota along with captive husbandry and propagation. His focus will be on the Plains Western Hognose, Heterodon nasicus nasicus and other types. He wiII have some great slides to show us. Please joIn us at the next meeting! BAR

Fauna Magazine For those interested in the new magazine in the Library, you can obtain subscription information from: Stark Services 12444 Victory Boulevard North Hollywood, CA 91606

LOCATION: BorJaug Hall Room 335, U of M. St. Paul Campus DATE/TIME: November 7, 1997 7:00 PM John Meltzer is a long time member of the MHS, serving many times as a board member and once as president. He is well known as a captive breeder and dealer in Reptiles. editor

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Presidential Pabulum

October's "Critter of the Month"

By George Richard - MHS President

Zachary Lein Mike Howard Jake Jacobson

African Bullfrog Pyxicepizailis ssp Wood Turtles Cle11lmys insmlpta

Gordon Merck

Bullsnake babies Pituophis catenifer

Help A Hapless Herp Finding homes this month were: 2 Iguanas! 2 Boas 2 painted turtles 1 fox snake 1 Burmese Python 1 caiman

a total of 9 animals found good homes Still needing a home: 15 Iguanas 1 caiman 1 African Rock Python 1 alligator

Switching gears, I was fortunate enough to be able to participate in the animal control hands-on at the T-Bird earlier this month. I feel this is the type of contact we should have with animal control, sharing knowledge and teaching them about herps and being (as they might see it) a solution to, rather than a source of problems. There were animal control officers from all around the Twin Cities metro area and as far away as Duluth and Iowa. What surprised me is that some of them had never touched a snake before!! The sense of wonder displayed by some of them at our animals was similar to most hands-on but a bit surprising. At a "normal" hands-on it's expected, but I remember thinking that" these are the people that help decide our animal control laws" .

TImnks everyone who applied for animals.

Refreshments Chocolate cake brownies New member Chris Green contributed some fantastic brownies made by his Grand mother.

Thanks for the great donation!

After letting some of them catch and bag a Boa, some of the officers tried their hand at catching an elusive Non-Indigenous Green-Hued Arboreal NonAmphibian creature. The officers seemed to appreciate the aggressive nature of this reptile and after a bit of instruction the beastie was finally bagged. It seems that some of them had experience with this particular species of beast and several officers had tales to swap. Despite the light-hearted vein of this story there is unfortunately a message attached. At one point in the program I was asked by a peace officer if the society would help in passing laws and regulations to help control and regulate the afore-unmentioned beastie? I responded in a word, II no". It was nice, this time they asked.

White's Treefrog Litoria caerulea

Sometimes this column is hard to write and some months it's a gimme, thankfully despite the fact that this is being written a week before the Midwest starts, I'd like to take a minute to thank all the Symposium Committee members, volunteers, helpers, aides, gofer's, assistants, techs, pizza runners, hosts and badgers who made possible the best Midwest ever!! Despite the long hours, frayed nerves and last minute emergencies, you pulled off an event that every other society will use as a yardstick of success. It's a privilege to be associated with such a fine group of talented, giving individuals. Without diminishing from anyone else I'd like to give special thanks to Bill Moss, Liz Bosman, Marilyn B1asus, Bruce Haig, Mark Weber, Sean Hewitt, Randy B1asus, John Levell, Eric Thiss, and John Moriarty for proVision of the "Blood, sweat, toil and tears" for what I'm sure will be a long remembered Midwest. From the footwork and design and registrations that started what seemed so long ago. GREAT JOB !! THANKS!!

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General Meeting Review Frogs as Bio-Indicators - Quality of Wetlands Speaker: Dr. Mark Gernes

By Bruce Haig

Recording Secretary They say that timing is everything and the speaker for October couldn't have been more timely. Dr. Mark Cernes is a research biologist with the in the Water Quality Division of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency working on the quality of wetlands. That office released the latest findings on deformed frogs in Minnesota the same week that he spoke to the MHS. These findings strongly indicate that there is something in the water that is causing at least some of the deformities.

Deformed frogs were first reported in Minnesota in 1993 from a site near Granite Falls. In 1996 the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency began selecting sites with six regions of the state for study. In 1997 there were fourteen sites studied using "paired" wetlands to study impaired and reference areas from egg laying in spring into fall. Water, sediment and other samples were collected throughout all seasons to identify differences between the sites and changes during the year. The biological analysis included histological study of the gonads, bones, internal organs, etc. of specimens collected, parasites present and water chemistry analysis.

Mark divided his presentation into two parts; the assessment of the quality of wetlands in general and the identification of the water as a factor in frog deformities.

Uncovering the potential causes of the abnormalities is a process of relating factors present to the frequency and degree of deformities found. If a common factor is found to be present where deformities are seen and is absent or reduced where the frogs are healthy, that is a good indicator of what is causing the problem. Trematode cysts have been suggested a cause of the deformities. However, they were found in both normal and deformed frogs, indicating they may not be a factor.

He works with Dr. Judy Helgen on wetlands assessment to: • Improve the information base for planning and management decisions, • Incorporate the information into planning and management decisions, and • Implement "no net loss" objectives with considerations of quality as well as quantity. They use biological criterion for this assessment based on the relationships between all of the members of the wetlands community to determine the relative health or contamination of any single wetland. First, high quality, uncontaminated wetlands are identified within each geographical region to provide standards to measure the health of other areas against. These standards are used for assessing urban and rural wetlands within the same geographical area. Indexes are based on

In the middle of the summer, a large amount of mortality in several species was observed at a single site. Water samples were sent to Duluth for analysis and Oklahoma where a phetax assay was run using African clawed frogs. This involves the study of the effects of the water on embryos and hatching larvae. A high number of developmental abnormalities and mortalities were observed after only four days. Tests were expanded to include sediments from the site and well water from nearby homes. All of them resulted in abnormalities.

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• the percentages of various beetles and other insects, • the total number of leach genera present, and • the percent of larvae or newly metamorphosed amphibians

At that point it was felt best to release the results to the public and perform more phetax assays using water and sediment samples from other sites. Also, the homes with the questionable well water are being provided bottled water for the time being although there is no indication tl,at humans are affected.

and vegetative indicators; • the richness of vascular, nonvascular and grasslike plant genera, • the presence of bladderwort, and • ecological processes in action at the site.

Mark is now involved in putting together a formalized plan of how to proceed to identify the causative agent. It will be very interesting to see what they discover.

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Notes on Prairie Kingsnakes (Lampropeltis) And Their Captive Propagation by Randy Blasus Prairie Kingsnakes (Lalllpropeltis calligaster calligaster) are a fairly heavy bodied medium length snake of 30" - 42", record of 56" (76 - 106.7cm & 142.7cm) with around 60 reddish or greenish black edged markings on a ground color of brownish gray to tan with older specimens becoming increasingly dark, obscuring the pattern (Conant and Collins, 1991).

'windows' visible on a couple of the eggs. McEachern (1991) mentions that such eggs seem more prone to spoiling. The windows, however, turned opaque and were indistinguishable from the rest of the clutch by the time of hatching (no record was kept on which eggs exhibited this characteristic). Three eggs began to shrink soon after deposition and by June 1, the apparently infertile eggs had turned a dark color. Another two more displayed longitudinal creases throughout the incubation period. Early on, mold became a problem and would grow to encase all the eggs (fertile and infertile). The humidity did not appear to be overly high as no water accumulated on the eggs. A light application of a liquid antifungal (Lotrinlin AF, Schering-Plough) by Qtip'" removed the fungal accumulations. Several applications were necessary during the incubation period. This procedure is similar to that of using Listerine™ in a 10:1 ratio with water (Kelly, 1993).

The subspecies (L. c. calligaster) ranges from the mid Great Plains states of southern Iowa to Texas and as far east as Alabama; the species (ca/ligaster) covers most of the rest of the United States south of and including Maryland while the genus (Lamprope/tis) occurs from Canada to Ecuador (Conant and Collins, 1991). Data on the wild species is spotty. They are known to mate in the spring, usually right after brumation and lay 5 -21 eggs in late June to early July. The eggs hatch right after 45 to 78 days at different temperatures (50 to 60 days at 28°C, 82°F) and are 24.4 to 30.5 cm (9 1/5" to 11 7/8") at birth. Egg deposition occurs from 43 to 55 days after mating. This species should also be brumated three to five months at 10 _150 C (50 -5goF) (Rossi, 1995).

The eggs were set up and incubated as noted in the last article (Blasus, 1997). The eggs remained firm until they were slit. On July 7, three hatchlings emerged and a fourth had slit the egg. The following day, another emerged and by July 9 the fifth and sixth had emerged and the last snake had slit its shell. By July 10 the last snake emerged and the last two eggs that were left in any condition remained. After two days these eggs were opened up and the contents of one yielded an almost fully formed individual while tlle other had obviously been arrested somewhat earlier in its developmental stage as head pattern and cranial structure were incomplete. The incubation period lasted from 51 to 54 days.

Hatchlings may be nervous and aggressive until acclimated to captivity and temperament varies widely. Some Kingsnakes will refuse to feed in captivity although these tend to be the minority (Rossi, 1995). The following information is from a 1997 hatching of a clutch of albino Prairie Kingsnake eggs. The animals were both sexually mature albinistic specimens of approximately the same size and condition. Prior to brumation the animals were maintained as noted in the last article (BIas us, 1997). These snakes were placed in brumation in January and brought up in March, a short two month brumation period.

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Notes on Prairie Kingsnakes (Lampropeitis) And Their Captive Propagation by Randy Blasus All hatchlings have shed by 7/15/97, 5 to 7 days after hatching. An interesting item to be note here is that unlike the Bullsnakes (Pitllopllis cntellifer snyO in the previous article (Blasus, 1997), there is no sexual dimorphism in tail length. The percentage of tail to total length of the male (13.9% ea.) falls within the range exhibited by the females (12.2% -14.1 %,13.4 ave.). Other questions that need to be resolved are the effects of mold on this clutch and conversely the application of the antifungal ointment and the reason for the appearence of the mold. The Bullsnake clutch mentioned in the 1st article (Blasus, 1997) were incubated in the same marmer and temperatures inside the same incubator, yet showed no sign of mold. The presence of the infertile eggs probably contributed to the presence of the mold, but perhaps the humidity was too high for this species. The answers to these questions for this clutch are, as yet, unknown.

Bibliography: BIasus, Randy E. 1997. Notes on BuUsnakes (Pituophis) and Their Captive Propagation. Minnesota Herpetological Society Newsletter Vol. 17 No.9 pp 4-5. Collins, Joseph T. 1997. Standard Common and Current Scientific Names for North American Amphibians and Reptiles. S.S.A.R. Herp. Circ. 25: 1-40. Conant, Roger & Collins, joseph T. 1991. A Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians Eastern and Central North America. Houghton Mifnin Co., Boston. Vii-450 Kelly, Kenneth. 1993. 11,e Professional Keepers Guide to Bullsnakes, Pine Snakes & Gopher Snakes A Guide to the Genus Pituophis. Reptile News Press Pub. 1-

60 McEachern, Michael j. 1991. A Color Guide to Corn Snakes Captive Bred in the United States. Advanced Vivarium Systems. Lakeside. 1-48. Rossi, john V. 1992. Snakes of the United States and Canada Keeping them Healthy in Captivity Vol. I Eastern Area. Kreiger Publishing Co. Malabar. v209.

Continued maintenance of these animals and research on the experiences of other breeders may provide answers to these questions and should prove an experience worthy of note.

Rossi, John V., D.V.M., M. A. & Rossi, Roxanne 1995 Snakes of the United States and Canada Keeping them Healthy in Captivity Vol. n Western Area. Kreiger Publishing Co. Malabar. v-325.

Profile on: The MHS Library

Profile on: The Librarian

Long-tinle member Dennis Daly brought in a dozen books to donate to the library a few meetings ago. Thanks Dennis. That is pretty much how the library got started. In 1981 Del Jones built the first of 3 containers to house the books donated by Bruce Delles and Terry Odegard. Jim Gerholdt was the first librarian. When Nancy Haig took over a few years later, the collection was stored in the wooden box, built by Ted Schave, now used for refreshment supplies. In 1990 Scott Cords built the library box currently in use. Sally Brewer and Karin Rea cochaired the position following Nancy's election to the Board. Today Karin is assisted by Alan Kwong.

This is a chair position appointed by tl1e President of tl1e Board. TI,e librarian is one of the first people met by new members, giving the position great importance in conveying a sense of welcome and introducing herpers sharing a similar focus. The Board budgets $200.00 per year for acquisitions, about half of which goes to magazine subscriptions. Additional requests can be authorized. The following list describes the duties: Processes new items in the collection DOCunlents circulation Collects overdue fines Reports delinquent overdues to the Board Exchanges newsletters with other societies Presents previous-year newsletters for sale at the silent auction Tracks volunteer hours Submits an inventory report to the Board amlUally

In addition to books, members can check out magazines, videos, and newsletters exchanged with other societies. Overd ues carry a dollar fine per month, so it pays to renew by phone if absent from the next meeting. TI,e library is open before the meeting and during the break. The primary emphasis of the collection is to provide information on husbandry. Donations that are duplicates are put up for raffle prizes or sold at the White Snake Sale. The big red Atlas of worldwide~herps is available as a reference for identification, but does not circulate.

Speaking personally, I look forward to working at the library each meeting. It is fun to talk to everyone who comes by. When it gets hectic, I appreciate the help that Alan provides. I worked my way through college at the SI. Kate's Library. Now I work at the Sibley High School Library in West SI. Paul. It is a great job because I have the Sunlmers off. Karin Rea 5


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Tidbits off the Web Crawling around on the Internet and finding new websites can be a lot of fun. Doing a search for Reptiles or Snakes will turn up hundreds of possibilities.

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The Minnesota Herpetological Society http://www.Onrampinc.net/mhs/ California Turtle & Tortoise Club http://www.tortoise.org

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Melissa Kaplan http://www.sonic.net/-melissk/ Animal Ark - Mike Fry http:// www.skypointcom/members / mikefry / ark/rescue.hlml

The Chicago Herpetological Society http://www.chicagoherp.org Nature Organizations Government: Fish and Wildlife http://www.fws.gov/index.html Northern Prairie Science Center http://www.npsc.nbs.gov/index.htm

The Nature Conservancy http://www.tnc.org Rattlesnake Roundup Information Http://www.geocities.com/ RainForest/Vines/1532 News Reports http://www. cnn.com/ world nbc.com cbs.com abc.com

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MHS Newsletter Volume 17 Number 10

M.H.S. Business October Board of Directors Meeting

Treasurer's Report of September 1997

By Bruce Haig, Recording Secretary

Prepared by Marilyn Brooks Blasus

The MHS Board of Directors met on October 4, 1997 at the U of M Student Union. A quorum was present. The 13th Mid west Herpetological Symposium is sold out. This will be the largest Midwest Herpetological Symposium yet. The club will purchase two more medium Neodesha cages for adoption animals. Two large, one medium, and one small cages have not been returned by members adopting animals. These must be returned as soon as possible. No one has volunteered to man the MHS sales table at meetings. It was decided to reconsider the need for sales at meetings. Scott Larson (member at large) has resigned from the board. George Richard will be asking other members to assume his position until the next general elections. A donation of $50.00 will be made to Last Chance Forever, a raptar conservation organization, in appreciation for their cooperation with the MHS at the Renaissance Festival this year. Sara Richard, Roger Statz, and Barb Radanke will be organizing the holiday banquet this year. The next board meeting will be held Nov. 8 at 7:00 PM at the U of M Student Union. Any interested members are encouraged to attend. Presented and accepted: Recording Secretary Report, Treasurers Report and Membership Report. There are 246 paid memberships, 100 people attended the October General meeting.

Begirming checkbook balance:

8,891.00

Income: Membership: Raffle Sales Rodent Sales Donations Fines Others(midwest)

555.00 66.25 114.50 512.00 92.50 0.00 6852.00

Total income:

8,192.25

Expense: Newsletter Misc. prt./post. Program Library Supplies Refreslunents Sales costs Donation Other (+Midwest)

305.24 252.82 186.39 35.47 0.00 12.64 763.10 0.00 360.98

Total Expense: Net income/(Ioss) Ending checkbook balance: Funds allocated to unpaid expenses FWlds available

1,916.64 6,275.61 15,166.61 7,397.00 7,769.61

Conservation fund balance 236.15

MHS Coming Events November 7, 1997 MHS General Meeting, Guest Speaker: John Meltzer, Program: Western Hognose Snake Captive Husbandry and Propagation, 335 Borlaug Hall, U of M, St. Paul Campus, 7:00 p.m. November 8, 1997 MHS Board of Directors Meeting, U of M Student Union, St. Paul Campus, 7:00 pm December 5, 1997 MHS General Meeting, Guest Speaker: James Grier, 335 BorIaug Hall, U of M, St. Paul Campns, 7:00 p.m. December 6, 1997 MHS Holiday Banquet, U of M Student Union, St. Paul Campus,

Hands On Contact Sean Hewitt (612) 935-5845 for further information of Hands On events.

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Cla&>ified ads are free> to the membership. Deadline is the night of the general meeting to be included in the next newsletter. Contact Nancy Haig 434--8684 to leave ad or mail to: fv1HS Editor, Bell Museum of Natural History, 10 Church St., SE, Miru1eapolis, MN,

All the shed skins in the world, always, to use at hands-on programs to give to kids. Bob Duerr (612) 541-0362

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African Fat-tailed Geckos, Helllilheconyx calldicillChlS, cb 97, $40.00. Giant Day Geckos, Phe/sllma grandis, cb 97, $35.00. Contact Craig 934-7239

Mice $6.00 dozen Pinkies $6.00 dozen Fuzzies Hoppers $7.50 dozen $9.00 dozen Adults

Veiled Chameleons, Chamaeleo calypiraills, cb. 3 months old only $35.00 each (4 left and new clutch is hatching). Contact Vern 428-4625

Rats Small Pups $10.00 dozen Large Pups $15.00 dozen Adults $12.00 six $24.00 dozen

For pick up at monthly meetings only. Orders must be placed at least one week in advance of date of meeting at which the frozen rodents are to be delivered. Place orders with Tina (Rat Girl) Cisewski at (612) 856-2865.

Bullsnakes, Pill/aphis melano/eucus, cb July 1997, Healthy and feeding (pinkies). Males and females, only $10.00. Contact Alan Kwong (612) 642-1702 13 hatchling Everglades Rat Snakes, have shed and are feeding on pre-killed pinkies, $20.00 each. Can deliver to MHS meetings Call Mark 481-0127

MHS Merchandise: In addition to rodents the MHS offers an assortment of herp related sales items. Check out the sales area on the side of the meeting roomr before the meeting. during break, or after the meeting as time permits.

Good homes desperately needed for: F. Northern Blue tongue Skink $80.00, F. Irian Jaya Blue Tongue Skink $80.00, captive bred baby desert iguanas Dipsosaunls dorsalis - beautiful animals $50.00 each, Captive breb African Fat-tail babies $50.00 each Call Jayde at 731-9350 A.S.A.P.

All proceeds go toward the operating costs of the society. The MHS is a completely volunteer run, non-profit organization.

Adult African Clawed Frogs, Xenopus laevis, Individuals: $25.00, Pair: $40.00. Contact Cory, during evenings (402) 256-3662

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Baby Corn Snakes for sale, For normal phase: $15.00 for 1, $25.00 for 2, $30.00 for 3 for Red Albino: $20.00 for 1, $35.00 for 2, $45.00 for 3 Call 1 800 627-3529 and have them ask for Marty at (507) 334-0463.

2803 Lincoln Drive I Roseville, MN 55113

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Advertising Policies MHS Ad Policy: The MHS assumes NO RESPONSIBILITY regarding the health or legality of any animal, or the quality or legality of any product or service advertised in the MHS Newsletter. Any ad may be rejected at the discretion of the Newsletter Editor. Due to space limitations, unpaid and complimentary advertisements are subject to occasional omission.

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Name ____________________________________________________________________________________ Address _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ City _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ State Phone ___________________________email

Zip _ _ _ _ _ __ List in MHS Directory? _ _ Yes _ _ No

Herp related interests ___________________________________________________________________________ Active Memberships: _ _ _ Sustaining ($60/yr) ___ Contributing ($30/yr) ___ Basic ($15/yr) Corresponding Memberships: ___ Gold Commercial ($100/yr 2 full pg. ads) ___ Bronze Commercial (S50/yr 2 1/4pg ads)

___ Silver Commercial ($75/yr 21/2 pg. ads) ___ Basic Commercial ($25/yr 2 Bus cards)

Required check info Drivers Lic # State DOB ___________ Please enclose the proper payment with your application. MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: MINNESOTA HERPETOLOGICAL SOCIETY. Membership is for 12 months from the date of approval, a receipt will be sent only upon request. MAIL TO: Minnesota Herpetological Society, Bell Museum of Natural History, 10 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455. Please allow 6 - 8 weeks for processing.


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MINNESOTA HERPETOLOGICAL SOCIETY

PAID Mpls,MN Permit No. 2275

BELL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 10 CHURCH STREET SE, MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55455-0104

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