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MINNESOT A HERPETOLOGICAL SOCIETY Newsletter Volume 17 Number 5 May 1997 The purpose of the Minnesota 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 Treasurer Newsletter Editor Immediate Past President Member at Large Member at Large Member at Large Member at Large

George Richard

Barbara Radanke BruceHaig

Mark Schmidtke Marilyn Blasus

Nancy Haig Gloria Anton Scott Larson James Rea

Sarah Richard Roger Statz

(612) (612) (612) (612) (612) (612) (612) (612) (612) (612) (612)

639-6368 291-1132 434-8684 481-0127 925-4237 434-8684 420-6158 434-6453 547-8107 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 hm'r frequently you call.

Large Boas and Pythons

Glen Jacobsen

Terrestrial Turtles Glen Jacobsen

John Levell

(612) 757-8268

Amphibians Greg Kvanbeck John Meltzer Special Committees: Adoption Chair Glen Jacibsen

Jeff LeClere John Meltzer

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

Aquatic Turtles

(612) 757-8268 (507) 467-3076


Nancy Haig Bill Moss

Other snakes

Gary Ash John Levell

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


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

Jeff Lang

(701) 772-0227

Amphibians and reptiles in Mirmesota

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

(612) 757-8268

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

Greg Kvanbeck Jolm Moriarty

(612) 533-7723 (612) 647-1334

Education Chair Sean Hewitt (612) 935-5845

MHS Voice Mail (612) 624 - 7065 E-mail: 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. SEt Minneapolis" MN 55455-0104 Printed on recycled paper.

© Copyright MiImesota Herpetological Society 1997, Contents may be reproduced for non-profit use provided that all material is reproduced without change and proper credit is given authors and the 1vlliS Ne,..'sletter citing; volume, number, and date.

MHS Newsletter Volume 17 Number 5

I News, Notes & Announcements Upcoming Meeting Highlights

Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen!

May Program: Educational Programs I

In March 1981, a relocated herper from Massachusetts named Del Jones gave a presentation to the "Ecology of Reptiles and Amphibians of Minnesota" Symposium at the Bald Eagle Outdoor Learning Center in Cass Lake, MN. entitled Wanted:

The How To of Hands-On

Guest Speakers: Sean Hewitt, Educational Chair MHS. Barbara Radanke, VicePresident, MHS.

A Minnesota Herpetological Society. An intrepid group of twelve individuals started to lay the ground work for the society and in May, 1981: the constitution and bylaws were ratified, and three officers: the President, Vice-President and Secretary/Treasurer were elected by a membership of 30. Annual Dues were $5.00 per person.

The talk this month will surely entertain everyone. We will be presenting the how to regarding our hands-on programs. There have been many people interested in participating in the programs but, at times, they may not know how these programs are conducted. We will be explaining the details of the guidelines of just what can be done and what cannot be done. Due to our insurance coverage for liability when displaying our animals specific rules must be followed. Our society would never want to lose a program due to our lack of adhering to any rules. Guidelines are set up for the society from MHS leadership and also from the people inviting us to participate in an event.

During the first year the basic structure of the society was formed. The newsletter started as a two page mailer. A Newsletter Editor and three Members-at-Large were added to the Board of Directors. An official logo, designed by Leslye Olsen, was selected by the membership. The frozen "deli", the library, and the feature "Critter of the Month" all became standard parts of the General Meeting.

Further, there will be a slide presentation and handouts for the guidelines and the biggest surprise will be slides from programs in the past of our members having just a lot of fun. Our job out in the public is to present them with the facts of working with these animals. By the way, we have no slides of anacondas to show at this time. May I make a suggestion? Just go have a good laugh at the movie theaters now showing the new movie about very large snakes. Anyone who goes to see this movie is welcome to give a brief report about the facts contained in this movie.

The society was active in forming a subcommittee to consider the current status of Minnesota amphibians and reptiles as part of the Endangered Species Technical Advisory Committee and petitioned the Senate and Congress of the U. S. on provisions to the Endangered Species Act and amendments. From a starting balance of zero, the society earned $792.30 from 73 memberships and" deli" sales, and spent $608.43 ( mostly for postage and library books) for a grand Net Income of $183.87 for the first year!

This meeting is an especially good introduction for all our new members who want to just know what it really is that we do in this society. Let us all welcome our speakers this month and, please, if you have any questions regarding this presentation bring them along. There will be time for an open question and answer segment for these to be addressed. As always, anyone having a suggestion for a future presentation/ speaker, please feel free to talk to me about it. See you there! BAR

The Minnesota Herpetological Society has grown and changed over the years. Our membership has reached the 250 mark. We participate in many conservation and educational events, the pet owner aspects of reptiles and amphibians have greatly influenced the concerns of our members and our information exchanges have increased as technology advances. Of the original 16 founders, 9 are still active members, some continuing that support through a second generation.

LOCATION: Room 335 Borlaug Hall, U of M. st. Paul Campus DATE/TIME: June 6, 1997 7:00 PM

Happy Birthday MHS ! NLH


MHS Newsletter Volume 17 Number 5

Presidential Pabulum

April's "Critter of the Month"

By George Richard - MHS President

Jan Larson Kathy Boran Noah Anderson

As I was wandering down the "Freeway of Life" the other day (actually on the cleanup crew picking up "our section" of 35E), I decided that even though there weren't any herps to be seen or heard, and the bridge was still over a mile away, and yeah I was starting to get tired, I was still a having a pretty good time. We're looking at roadkill, playing pin the deer back on the deer, and I'm enjoying it! Now I know what some of you are thinking, but before we go down that road, what I mean is that it's good friends old & new are what make the society worth attending. I know both speakers from last months' rather lively meeting were a bit hesitant at first but after the questions started and the discussion began flowing they enjoyed the give and take for the meeting as much as we did. As a matter of fact Barb says they're interested in coming back, (maybe for the Midwest?).

Western Hognose Black & White Tegu FoxSnake & Eastern Milksnake

Thanks to Raffle Donors Twin Cities Reptiles Calendar & Vitamins Marilyn Blasus Gummi Crocodile

Help A Hapless Herp Thanks to an incredible number of adoption applications every animal found a home this month. The Hap(py) Herps were: 2 male 3-toed Box Turtles 1 male Carolina Box Turtle 1 male Red foot Tertoise 1 male sulcala Tortoise 1 female Florida Kingsnake 1 male Grey Ratsnake

Considering the Lion's den they thought they were walking into, and the general uncertainty some of us had about their study in the first place, it could have been less than pretty.

This demonstrates the original reason for the Adoption policy - finding good homes for herps in need. To everyone who applied, even if you weren't selected this time, Thank you.

One of the reasons lots of us came to our first society meeting was to find out about herps and these guys, in essence, wanted the same thing. To go from a hostile audience to a spirited give and take doesn't take much, the difference: scientific curiosity, well thought out questions, open minds and simple courtesy. We acquitted ourselves well. Remember come for the herps, stay for the people. Just a reminder, keep on volunteering!! GWR

Phantastic Phenological Phinds Male Hognose Snake Jan Larson, April 23 Cannon Falls Nature Center 5" Painted Turtle

Nancy Haig, April 15 Bethel, crossing road


How timely!

Volunteers needed!

The Society extends its gratitude to seven volunteers who donated their morning for the highway cleanup on Saturday, May 3rd. Wearing the blaze orange vests were: Nancy and Bruce Haig, James Rea, Roger Statz, Sarah and George Richard, and Debbie Zimprich. There was plenty of litter, but few herps, although the chorus frogs, Pseudacris triseriata , could be heard singing. The remains of 5 deer were sighted, one of which sported a rack, a possible raffle prize.

The Midwest Symposium Committee is looking for anyone with: Travel agency connections to help with flights; access to 8 ft folding tables for vendors; and midwest herp related artwork for auction donations, advertising, and T-shirt designs. Deadline for finished T-shirt design is the July 11 meeting. Contact Liz Bosman or Bill Moss. State Fair? that's not until August! True, but the MHS is trying to get an early start on organizing a committee for working with the DNR and updating our display. If you are interested in being part of the committee please contact Nancy Haig.

Our Adopt-A-Highway permit expires in September. Next time you travel Interstate 35 E near the Hugo exit, take notice of the blue sign honoring our Society. James Rea


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Turtles Among the Dinosaurs By James Rea The US Postal Service issued a pane of fifteen 32 cent prehistoric animal stamps on May 1, 1997. The illustrator, James Gurney also authored the book Dinotopia. The first 8 stamps comprise a scene from Colorado 150 million years ago. The lower scene with 7 stamps is from Montana 75 million years ago. The location of the turtle in each scene is circled in the illustration. Since neither turtle is part of a stamp their identification is not printed, but is mentioned in an article written by renowned paleontologist John Homer (1), who served as consultant to Gurney.

Trionyx sp., a softshell turtle, family Trionychidae, appears in the lower left-hand comer. Six countries have issued postage stamps depicting a total of 5 species of modem softshell turtles (3). The two leaping frogs were not identified in Homer's article. Three stamps representing surviving reptile orders accompany the dozen stamps of dinosaurs: Goniopholis sp., crocodilian; Ophisthias sp., sphenodont lizard: and Palaeosauniwa sp., varanid lizard. References: 1. Horner, J.R, 1997," Who's Who on the World of

Glyptops sp. Is the first Jurassic turtle ever to appear as part of a postal issue. It is below the head of Stegosaurus sp. Once classified in the suborder now its extinct family Amphichelydia, Pleurosternidaeis grouped with the Cryptodira, including all modem turtles except the side-necked Pleurodira. (2).

Dinosaurs Pane/ Linn's Stamp News, vol. 70, issue 3572, p.26. 2. Ernst, C.H. and RW. Barbour, 1989, Turtles of the World,

Smithsonian Press, Washington, D. c., p.B.

3. Riemer, D.N. and W. Allen, 1988, "A Worldwide List of Turtles and Tortoises on Stamps," Biophilately, 37: pp103112 and 165-174. (Revised edition of 1996 privately printed.)


MHS Newsletter Volume 17 Number 5

"Reptiles Make Popular Pets"

Profile on: The MHS Newsletter

That was the title of a recent article in the Nov. 29 issue of Current Science, that caught the eye of MHS member Laurie Mahling. Laurie felt some of the information was misleading or badly written and since Current Scie1tce is read by many Jr. High and High school kids as part of their science classes she wrote a letter to the editor expressing her concerns. She submitted a copy of the article at the May 2nd meeting which was read to the membership by our president. Laurie also received a letter from the editor which follows:

May, 1981, Volume I Number 1, the first Minnesota Herpetological Society Newsletter was mailed. It was two sheets of paper announcing the June meeting and program (Larry Probst on Rhinocerous Iguanas), a letter of thanks to the organizing committee and Bell Museum from the president (Del Jones), announcements for an editor and three members-at-large, the opening of the Delimice $3.00 per dozen, 5 th Annual Reptile Symposium on Captive Propagation and Husbandry, the 24 th SSAR meeting, and a cartoon from the Chicago Tribune. Over the years, the newsletter has changed and grown with the society's needs and interests. There is a rich history of members contributing articles, cartoons, letters, and ads reflecting their involvement.

Dear Ms. Mahling, Thank you for your recent letter concerning the article "Reptiles Make Popular Pets' in the Nov. 29 issue of Current Science. You raised some important points about reptile care and about the article's shortfalls. The freelance writer who wrote the article based her work on a news story about a recent reptile show and an interview with the organizer of that show. Unforhmately, judging from your letter, the sources for our story were apparently inadequate and misleading. We will certainly make an effort from now on to give a more balanced, accurate treatment of reptiles in future stories in Current Science. Does the Minnesota Herpetological Society have a newsletter that could be sent to us? I'd be interested in hearing about your group's activities and about any ideas you might have for future stories about reptiles. By the way, I recently received a press kit about something called the "Rainforest Reptile Shows." The kit says the shows are aimed at teaching kids about reptiles and the importance of preserving the world's rain forests. I've enclosed a copy of the press kit, in case you're interested in finding out more about this group. Please feel free to contact me if you have further questions. Our new address and phone number ( effective May 12, 1997) is:

Profile on: The Newsletter Editor The Newsletter Editor is an elected officer of the MHS Board of Directors who serves for one year. There are no term limits for Newsletter Editor. In addition to the responsibilities of a board member, they edit and produce the newsletter on a monthly basis. In the past this has meant typing, xeroxing, mailing and sometimes even writing the whole newsletter. In 1989, the MHS started using commercial printers. Now the editor compiles a photo-ready copy and sends it to the printer, it is picked up by the chairperson of the newsletter folding committee, who coordinates the newsletter folding and mailing. Depending on the number of volunteers, this usually takes 1 to 2 hours to stack, fold, staple, tape and label the newsletter for each bulk mailing. Previous Editors: Jim Gerholdt Tom Schmitz Jo Anne Wetherell-Moriarty Julie Cherveny Michele Stillinger John Levell

Current Science Weekly Reader Corporation 200 First Stamford Place P.O. Box 120023 Stamford, CT 06912-0023 Sincerely, Dan Hogan, Managing Editor

1981-1987 1987-1989 1989-1992 1992-1993 1993-1995 1995-1997

These individuals put in many hours of effort to provide the membership with timely and informative issues. They have contributed to a very visible aspect of the society that we can be proud of. If you would like to get involved with the newsletter, sign up for newsletter folding at the general meeting, or submit an item to the MHS Editor. See you in print! NLH

Current Science Way to Go, Laurie! This is an encouraging response from "the press" if anyone is interested in responding please contact the MHS editor.


MHS Newsletter Volume 17 Number 5

General Meeting Review Salmonella in Reptiles Dr. Jeff Bender DVMjMS Dr. Kirk Smith DV Ph.D.

By Bruce Haig, Recordin

Dr. Bender and Dr. Smith of the Minnesota Deparbnent of Health, Disease Prevention and Control presented a very interesting discussion of salmonella in reptiles and it's transmission to humans, a subject that all reptile owners must take seriously. During the '60s and early '70s, 4% of US households owned pet turtles and 14% of reported salmonella cases were turtle related. In 1979, the FDA banned the sale of turtles less than 4 inches in length to ti,e general public to reduce this rate of infection. It is estimated that this ban, aimed principally at the sale of hatchling red-eared sliders, has prevented 100,000 cases of salmonellosis per year.

Dr. Smith described the objectives of studies the MDH is conducting regarding salmonellosis in reptiles. Samples are being collected to determine what serotypes are cal'l'ied by reptiles and if these can be associated with individual reptile species and/or sources of the samples (wholeSalers, pet shops or households). Toward this end, he distributed several fecal sample collection kits to MHS members willing to assist with samples from their reptiles. The MDH is conducting a survey of new reptile owners within one or two months of the purchase of their first reptile. The objective is to determine the incidence of infection during this period and identify the husbandry practices most likely to contribute to infection. Several pet shop owners have agreed to give a survey form to first time reptile purchasers which they can return to the MDH a month or two after purchaSing the animal. The pet owner can also agree to be interviewed over the telephone.

The newest source of reptile salmonellosis in humans appears to be iguanas. Between 1986 and 1993 the volume of iguanas inlported into the United States increased from 27,806 to 798,405. Salmonellosis cases have increased by a factor of 5 between 1976 and 1992. No data was presented to indicate that the increased infection rate was due to the increased iguana Imports.

Dr. Bender and Dr. Smith agreed to return in the future and update the MHS on the results of their studies.

Only a small percentage of the cases reported in Minnesota of sainlonellosis in humans have been traced to reptiles. There were 737 cases reported in 1995, the year the MDH began to collect statistics on reptiles as potential sources. During 1995 and 1996, 50 of the cases reported concerned people who were exposed to reptiles. In 22 of those cases, the reptiles were tested for salmonella and 18 tested positive. Only 7 of those 18 , however, were infected with the same strain of salmonella as the humans. Of the reptile owners involved, 65% owned an iguana and 73% only owned a single reptile.

There were many questions from the audience during and after Dr. Bender and Dr. Smith's presentations which were answered very well. Many MHS members were concerned with the bad publicity arising from sensationalized newspaper articles of reptile salmonella cases when these actually represent only a small percentage of the total cases. Anyone wanting to contact either Dr. Bender or Dr. Smith can write to them:

According to Dr. Bender, 78% of the people infected with reptile associated salmonella are less than 10 years old with a median age of less than one year. This means that most of the infected humans are babies that contacted the bacteria from another person. Dr. Bender described a case in New Jersey in September 1994 where a 5 month old girl's infection was traced to her baby sitter's iguana, which had never been in the same building with the child.

c/o Minnesota Deparbnent of Health Public Health Labs Division 717 Delaware Street SE POBox 9441 Minneapolis, MN 55440-9441


MHS Newsletter Volume 17 Number 5

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

Treasurer's Report of April 1997

By Bruce Haig, Recording Secretary

Prepared by Marilyn Brooks Blasus

The MHS Board of Directors met on May 5, 1997 at the U of M Student Union. A quorum was present. Work is continuing on the MHS website for the Internet and it should be possible to call it up soon. The advertising rates for the newsletter will be simplified to offer space on a monthly basis only, eliminating discounts for advertisements repeated over several months. Also, members will be able to purchase space for publishing their business cards. Dennis Daly brought the board up to date on the Renaissance Committee activities. The board approved an agreement between the MHS and Midwest America Festivals for our participation there this year. There will be a lot of opportunities for MHS members to contribute to this valuable activity. Adopt-A-Highway" permit will be The allowed to expire due to lack of participation by the MHS members. Only seven people showed up on May 3rd, six MHS board members and one person who hadn't even joined the society yet. MHS is still obligated to pick up trash one more time in the Fall, unless another group claims our stretch of highway before then. A State Fair committee will be formed as soon as possible to begin planning this year's display, assuming the DNR wants us back.

Beginning checkbook balance:


Income: Membership: Raffle Sales Donations Fines Others

295.00 41.00 138.00 45.04 2.00 180.00

Total income:


Expense: Newsletter Mise prt./ post. Program Library Supplies Refresluorrents Other (Ins.)


368.33 170.99 50.00 27.97 0.00 0.00 820.44

Total Expense: Net income/(Ioss)

1,437.73 (735.84)

Ending checkbook balance: Funds allocated to unpaid expenses Funds available

4,857.36 0.00 4,857.36

Conservation fund balance 201.34 Presented and accepted: Secretary's Report, Treasurer's Report, and Membership Report.

MRS Coming Events June 6, 1997 MHS General Meeting, Guest Speakers: Sean Hewitt, Barbara Radanke Program: Educational Programs / The How to of Hands-On, 335 Boriaug Hall, U of M, st. Paul Campus, 7:00 p.m. June 7, 1997 MHS Board of Directors Meeting, U of M Student Union, st. Paul Campus, 7:00 p.m. June 8, 1997 Renaissance Cottage Cleaning and Planting, 12:00 noon, Festival grounds, Shakopee

Hands On June - Sept. 14,1997 Como Zoo, 2nd Sunday of each month. June 12 - Aug. 26, 1997 MarketÂŁest every Thursday June 21, 1997 Ben Museum 125'h Birthday, 10:50 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Contact Sean Hewitt (612) 935-5845 for further information of Hands On events. July 19, 1997 MHS Annual Picnic, Locke Park, shelter 2, cookout starts at 12:00 noon. 6

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Calendar of Events June 25- July 2, 1997 77th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Icthhyologists and Herpetologists. University of Washington, Seattle, WA. For info Contact: Robert E. Espinosa, Dept. of BioI./314, University of Nevada, Reno, NY 89557-0015, (702) 784-4565, Fax: (702) 784-1369, E-mail: espin_r速unr.edi. July 10 -12, 1997 21" International Herpetological Symposium. Liberia, Costa Rica. "Neotropical Natural History and Conservation" will be the focus. For more information contact: David HuImes, Treasurer, 361 Van Winkle Ave., Hawthrone, NJ 07506, (201) 427-0768, or Louis W. Porras, President, P.O. Box 1957, Sandy, UT 84091-1957, (801) 571-7861. For information on the 22nd annual meeting in Cincinnati, OH, contact: Peter D. Stimple, (513) 451-2392. Aug. 2 -10, 1997 3,d World Congress on Herpetology. Prague, Zbynek Rocek, Dept. of Paleontology, Acad. Of Sciences, Rozvojova 135, 165 00 Prague 6-Suchdol, Czech Republic. Phone 42224311421, Fax 422-2411578, E-mail rocek@gli.cascz. Sept. 13-14, 1997, 5 th Mid-Atlantic Reptile Show, Maryland State Fairgrounds, 4-H Hall & Days Hotel TImonium. Show proceeds are donated to The Center for Ecosystem Survival for the purchase of rainforest. For additional information contact: Tim Hoen, Show Coordinator (410) 557-6879, P.O. Box 201, Jarrettsville, MD 21084 or check the web ( Sept. 27-28, 1997 Florida International Reptile Show, Expo Hall, Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa FI. Presented in cooperation with the Suncoast, Tampa Bay, Hillsborough and Manasota Herpetological Societies. Show hours 10 am - 5 pm. For more information contact: Doug Wagner, Suncoast Herp. Society, P.O. Box 2725, Dunedin, Fl. 34697 Phone: (813) 771-1368, E-mail: Oct. 17-19, 1997 13 th Annual Midwestern Herpetological Symposium, Canterbury Inn, Shakopee, MN. For more information contact Bill Moss at (612) 488-1383

Flood Relief for Animals

Renaissance Festival Cottage Cleaning

Many anImals are staying at the local Grand Forks Shelter and being cared for until the owners can be located. The shelter is in need of monetary donations for the unexpected volume of services they need to provide at this tIme. Donations can be sent to: Minnesota Humane Society University Ave. W., Suite #345 st. Paul, MN 55104

On Sunday, June 8, 1997 at 12 noon we will be meeting at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival grounds for cleaning and spring planting of flowers. This is an excellent opportunity to see where the Festival grounds will be and help out in the early stages. Festival is in Shakopee off of Hwy. 13. Just past Valley Fair. Earn a couple of hours towards the much coveted MHS mug!

Mark your check "Flood relief for anImals" Yes, this does include herps, several iguanas and snakes have been reported rescued.

Huzzah! If you have any questions about how to get there see Dennis Daly at the June Meeting.

Donations of Another Kind There is a call out for "Freezer Herps" to be used in the Sunday veterinary workshop scheduled for the Midwest Symposium in October. Please contact John Levell (507) 4678733 if you would like to contribute.


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Classified Advertisements 1.0,0 = male, 0.1.0 = female, 0.0.1 = lUlsexed, cb = captive bred, obo = or best offer

For Sale:


Frilled Dragons $450, Brown Basilisks: Breeding pro $50, Trio $50, Hatchlings $5. Andrew or Luanne (612)

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



1.0 Redfoot Tortoise $75. 3.0 Eastern Box Turtles $10

ea. All healthy, long term captives. Moving must sell. Also 5' x 4 1h ilL" shaped tortoise enclosure, ceramic tile with plexiglass front -very nice; $775. prices obo Contact Jim or Conny (507) 387-7708

Herp related items or events to be used in the MHS Newsletter. Items must be submitted by the night of the general meeting to be included in next newsletter. Send submissions to: MHS/Editor, c/o Bell Museum of Natural History, 10 Church st. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455-0104

1.0 Dumeril's Boa, Arantophis dumerili, ( Boa Cons.) cb 91, $350 trade obo. Call Keith or Julie (612) 321-0958



Breeding Inventory Survey: Everyone keeping live reptiles and amphibians is asked to contribute to this annual report. Please submit the following info Current Jan. 1" of the year. (1) Inventory of collection, list numbers and sex; (2) list of all species bred during the previous year; (3) any longevity records; (4) please print clearly; your name, address, and telephone number as you want them listed. (5) please do respond. Send info to: Frank Slavens, PO Box 30744, Seattle, WA 98103. Fax: (206) 546-2912.

1.2 Blue-Tongued Skinks, Many L. M. Thayeri, hatchlings to adults. Call Mark (302) 202-9871 2.2 Sub adult and Adult (7-10 Yl") Leopard Tortoises long term, $150.00 each, Also cb 11/96 Leopard Tortoise hatchlings $115.00 each. Call Mark (612) 8227996

Rabbits - Current listed market price per lb. Minimum: $1.50 per rabbit. Adults $2.00 when available. Also pinkies $.25 Call Jim Daluge (612) 295-

Sea Turtle Survival League, announces it's line of eeo-promoting sea turtle merchandise, for a free catalog write: Sea Turtle Survival League, PO Box 2866, Gainseville, FL 32602-2866 or call (800) 678-7853



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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 Cisewski at (612) 856-2865.

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

an assortment of herp related sales items. Check out the sales area on the side of the meeting room, before the meeting, during break, or after the meeting as time permits.

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Hospital Hours M·T-W·T 8000 AM TO 9,00 PM FRIDAY 8,00 AM TO 6,00 PM SATURDAY 8,00 AM TO tOO PM

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

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Minnesota Herpetological Society Newsletter