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MINNESOTA HERPETOLOGICAL SOCIETY Newsletter Volume 18 Number 6 June 1998 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 George Richard Barbara Buzicky Bruce Haig Amy Anderson Marilyn B1asus NancyHaig Fred Bosman Laurie Grassel Gordon Merck Janell Osborn, D.V.M. Sarah Richard

President Vice president Recording Secretary Membership Secretary Treasurer Newsletter Editor Member at Large Member at Large Member at Large Member at Large Member at Large

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

639-6368 291-1132 434-8684 922-4066 925-4237 434-8684 476-0306 428-4625 531-8256 455-6540 639-6326

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

Amphibians Greg Kvanbeek John Meltzer Chameleons Vern & Laurie Grassel Lizards Nancy Haig

(612) 388-0305 (612) 263-7880

Amphibians and Reptiles in Minnesota Greg Kvanbeek (612) 388-0305 John Moriarty (612) 482-8109

(612) 428-4625

Crocodilians Jeff Lang

(612) 434-8684

Big Lizards, Monitors Bill Moss (612) 488-1383

(701) 772-0227

Large Boas and Pythons (612) 856-2865 Tina Cisewski

Other snakes Jeff LeClere John Meltzer

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

Terrestrial Turtles Fred Bosman John Levell

Aquatic Turtles Gary Ash John Levell

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

Special Committees: Adoption Chair Sarah Richard

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

Education Chair

(612) 639-6326

Sean Hewitt (612) 935-5845

UP NORTH (Bemidji) Jeff Korbel (218) 586-2588

Snakebite Emergency

MHS Voice Mail (612) 624 -7065

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

E-mail: Internet http://www.onrampinc.netjmhs/ The Minnesota Herpetological Society Newsletter is published monthly by the Minnesota HerpetolOgical Society to proVide its members with information concerning the s<xiety's activities and a media for exchanging information, opinions and resources. Printed on recycled paper.

© Copyright Minnesol:a HerpetolOgical Society 1998. Conk'Ilts 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 18 Number 6

NEWS, NOTES & ANNOUNCEMENTS Presidential Pabulum By George Richard - MHS President TItis month I'd like to touch on just a couple subjects that may be of interest. The first is the visibility of the MHS. As some of you may have seen in the past couple months the MHS has become more visible, particularly on TV and with the participation in Reinvest parades and more hands on opportunities. TI1is provides us with several valuable opportunities first, education of the public, second, raising public awareness of Herps and the MHS and third, the opportunity to have fun (and be seen by millions!)! So I encourage everyone to participate in these outdoor events while it's warm enough to take your herps outside. The more people we can educate or help to have a positive experience with a herp the less ignorance we have to contend with. The more people who hear about and join the MHS the stronger the society will become. That's part of the reason behind the new media committee, we're forming (details are elsewhere in this issue), if you'd like to contribute your talents or ideas, please step forward. The second subject I wanted to touch on is our MHS mugs. The board is kicking around the idea of trying to recognize our volunteers in another manner so if you have any ideas please contact a board member and share it with them Still on mugs, approximately 35 people have not yet received their mugs for last year. If you are one of them please see me at the next meeting; I'll bring a few, or call me at 639-6368 to make arrangements to pick one up.

Help A Hapless Herp I've also finished the Iguana anatomy page (bare bones version) the URLis: nHerps/Pagel.htrnl Thafs about all for now, start planning for Renfest, don't forget the MHS picnic, come participate at all the great Hands-On(s) and parades and enjoy the weather like a true endotherm! GWR

June's "Critter of the Month

Thanks to the Vence Jimerson Family, for their generous donation of over a 100 lbs. of frozen rodents to the adoption committee. The "Hapless Herps" will certainly appreciate them. On another note, will whoever walked off with the $15.00 of adoption donations at the last meeting please return it? The an adoption donations are important part of our society's income. The money can be returned by mail using the MHS Bell Museum address or at the next meeting.

Laurie Grassel Bearded Dragons

Pogona vitticeps "Jake" Jacobsen

Wood Turtle

Clemmys illsellipta Nancy Haig

E. Indigo Snake

DnJmarc1101l corais cOllperi Duane McDermott Snow Corn Snake

Finding home this month were: 1 Red-eared Slider 1 Box Turtle 1 Painted Turtle 1 19 Common Boa 1 baby Common Boa 1 male Corn Snake 1 Burmese Python 2 Iguanas

Elaphe gllttata

Thanks for the refreshments

Still needing homes are: 2 Caimans 3 Ball Pythons 1 Albino Burmese Python (needs vet care) 1 small Nile Monitor 1 med. Nile Monitor 1 4 V2' Nile Monitor

[ did IIOt get the tumzes of the refreshments donors last mOllth bllt thanks for bring something in to share

and 18 iguanas wllich will probably be euthanized

John Levell

Wood Turties

Clemmys insculpta

with liS. If you are interested in any of these animals or would like to help out with their care please contact the MHS Voicemail at (612) 6247065 and press 2 for the Adoption Line.


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NEWS, NOTES & ANNOUNCEMENTS Discussion for a New Committee The Media Committee

Upcoming Meeting Highlights July Meeting: Turtle's European Style Speakers: From Sweden Our Vice President has arranged a special speaker for the Tuly Meeting. He is coming from Sweden to talk about turtles and hopefully give us some insights into the European way of keeping reptiles. In honor of our speaker the theme for "Critter of the month" will be 'Blond Herps"

Reminders The July Meeting will be held one week later on July 10th, at 7:00 P.M. Hope you all have a safe and Happy Fourth of July!

The MHS Picnic is July 18th At Locke Park in Anoka Co. The grills will be fired up around noon.

An odd-numbered committee (either 3 or 5 individuals) that will unite all MHS media publications, present a consistent, common image of the MHS and ensures that the aims and goals of the society are adhered to. The committee shall consist of: Title


MHS Newsletter Editor-

same as current position

MHS Webmaster-

expand current position to include monthly updates

Occasional Papers Editor-

same as current position

Publications Director-

New position, responsible for trifolds, brochures, membership packs, etc.


committee chairperson

The main focus of the Media committee will be to coordinate the presentation of the MHS; if s aims and goals. In a coherent and consistent manner to the general public and our membership through all forms of media. They could serve as a sounding board or resource pool for each other. Each member shall have the responsibility for their publications, assuring: their editorial content adheres to MHS policies; they are published in a timely manner; and co-ordinating their distribution. They will also act as a resolution board, any author, submitting material to an MHS publication may after a discussion with that editor bring a publication dispute before the media committee. The committee must act on any disputes within 60 days. After reviewing the article, the committee will attempt to resolve the problem by making whatever changes they feel necessary. The author may then accept publication of the revised article, withdraw the article, or appeal to the Board of Directors. Meetings should take place on a somewhat monthly basis at the committee's discretion, in order to act on disputes, or as requested by the President. Anyone interested in becoming involved in the discussion of this committee or in the position of Publications Director, please contact one of the boardmembers for more information. The Publications Director will be an appointed position the same as the Webmaster and the Occasional Papers Editor.

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GENERAL MEETING REVIEW Tortoise Trust Speaker AlU1ie Lancaster Annie Lancaster is a director of the Tortoise Trust who flew in from Cairo (Egypt, not Illinois) arriving just before the June MHS meeting to describe the situation of various tortoises in Egypt and South Africa as well as shipping practices and other threats to these Her talk was special animals. amply illustrated with slides of both the positive and the negative things that people are doing with tortoises. Teshldo Kleilllllanni is a small (up to 12 cm) tortoise that is now extinct in Egypt but is still available at the Cairo animal market for the local pet trade as well as unwary tourists. Although they are on the CITES appendix I, Annie had several slides of baskets of them openly offered for sale. Most of them are already dying from dehydration and/or the parasites that take over as their hosts get weaker. These tortoises are very selective in regards to nesting sites, making captive breeding very difficult. The males make a loud noise during breeding for unknown reasons. Annle showed several slides of facilities built and maintained by a group of Egyptian children to house survivors from 150 animals that were seized at the Cairo animal market in 1997. They were in very bad condition and rehabilitation was difficult but some are now thriving and breeding. These children represent a bright spot in the future of conservation in Egypt. Harvest for the pet trade is not the only threat to the remaining wild Teshldo kleilllllalllli, they are suffering habitat loss like many other species. Annle showed photos of trash dumps in areas where you wouldn't think there were enough people around to

generate the refuse. Over-grazing by animals and farming on WlSustainable land destroy habitat that will be very slow to recover, if ever. The photos she showed of untouched habitat were of a beautiful but austere landscape. It was easy to track animals in these areas by sweeping the sand with a blanket and, later, following the fresh tracks in the smooth sand. This technique revealed a very diverse reptile population where the envirorunent was still healthy. White's Tortoise (wlzitei) are from Algeria and are very hard to study at this time due to the unrest there. They were formally but are considered testudo sigrrificantly larger than North African testudo and are now considered to be a separate species. The Tortoise Trust is trying to raise some wllitei at their facilities in England but they are very prone to respiratory infections, a condition not helped by England's famous damp climate. They need a lot of exercise and have to graze on a high fiber, low protein diet to avoid gut problems. After Egypt, Annle took us to the Tigerburg Zoo in South Africa where they are breeding the Geometric Tortoise, the most endangered tortoise in the world. Ten years of work was recently stolen in one night when thieves broke into the breeding facility and made off with all the babies and some of the juveniles. Since then, the Tortoise Trust has given a grant to the zoo for the construction of more secure containment. The photos of other South African tortoises were very interesting. A very friendly and is active Radiated Tortoise documented to be over 150 years old and weighs in at more than 75 pounds. The South African Leopard Tortoises are not being 3

By Bruce Haig Recording Secretary exported and show a lot more dark areas than the ones commonly seen in the U.S. Dark pigment in tortoises indicates that they come from the cooler end of their range (often due to high altitude) because the darker shell absorbs more solar energy. A photo from a herp show displayed Sulcatas, Hinge Backs and Leopard Tortoises kept as pets in South Africa. The photos of the economic exploitation of tortoises were horrible. Souvenir banjos with tortoise carapaces for bodies are openly sold to tourists in Tunisia. If anyone tries to bring one into the U.S., it will be confiscated and the person carrying it will be charged with the illegal importation of endangered animal parts. With the large numbers of Sulcatas and Leopard Tortoises being bred in the U.S., there is no need to import them from Africa. However, Annie had several photos of dead and dying animals seized at U.S. airports. Besides being badly dehydrated and stressed before they left Africa, they are packed as densely as possible with resultant injuries during shipment. These pictures showed the reasons for the revised packaging regulations recently adopted by U.S. Fish and Wildlife. One wholesaler's holding facility for Ornate box turtles in Louisiana contained over 35,000 turtles awaiting shipment for export. It was pointed out that they were being exported from Louisiana because it is illegal to export them from most states where they are found naturally. A shipment of Florida box turtles seized at the JFK airport in New York were stacked sideways for greatest density and they were suffering from respiratory i1iness, dehydration and other problems brought on by neglect.

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THE ROOT RIVER NATURALIST By John Levell Spring Lizards and Waterdogs "You know, my son's got this weird looking critter here and ... uh, to tell you the truth, I don't know what the thing is. Says he picked it up out back in the compost pile and we think it must be some kind of lizard or something. It's black and yellow, has four legs and a long tail. Kind of clanuny too, you know, like a lizard."

So began this particular edition of the "frequent telephone calls naturalists receive" reporting encounters with Tiger Salamanders, easily one of the most widespread animals in Minnesota. Indeed this inoffensive creature is familiar to many rural and suburban Midwesterners, no doubt due in large part to its almost uncanny ability to turn up in area gardens, cellars and window-wells. Numerous fishermen have likewise baited their hooks with these animals, although some, I'm sure, do not even realize that they've done so.

Despite being so widely known, Tiger Salamanders, nevertheless, remain among the more poorly understood organisms of the North American continent. With lives spent mainly hidden from view, these animals are both inconspicuous and difficult to study, and many aspects of their ecology and life history still remain a mystery, even to those who work with the species on a daily basis. So, just how much do scientists actually know about Tiger Salamanders?

We do know, for one thing, that these animals are not reptiles regardless of their rather lizardlike appearance. Lizard, snake and other reptile skins are composed of largely impermeable scales that drastically retard bodily moisture loss and help prevent the animal's desiccation. While sometimes cool to the touch, reptiles are never under any circumstances slimy. Salamanders, on the other hand, belong to the class of Amphibia and are more closely related to frogs and toads than to any other of the various reptile groups. Their relatively smooth scale-less skin, like that of most amphibians, readily loses and absorbs water and oxygen. These animals will quickly dehydrate and die if deprived of sufficient moisture. Mucous-like (and sometimes toxic) glandular skin secretions further protect the animal and contribute to their generally slick slippery feel. As in the case with many amphibians, the life history of the Tiger Salamander includes an aquatic gilled larval stage during which oxygen is extracted directly from the water somewhat in the manner of a fish. These larvae, unlike the tadpoles of the related frogs and toads, possess four fully formed limbs throughout most of this early developmental period. It is this form of the animal that fishermen are most farniliar with, as the larvae are frequently harvested and sold as "waterdogs" in bait stores. At the same time, some of the most intriguing and baffling aspects of Tiger Salamander biology occur during the larval stage of their life cycle. Normally,


the animals transform into airbreathing terrestrial adults following several months of aquatic juvenile existence. In a phenomenon known as neotenyU, however, some or all individuals in certain populations become functionally sexually mature but retain all of their larval characteristics. These fully aquatic "adults" or neotenes, live, breathe and reproduce underwater and only occasionally complete metamorphosis. Ii

An even more bizarre twist occurs in some Iowa populations where a percentage of the larvae develop into specialized "camlibal morphs" that quite literally feed on their own brothers and sisters. Unlike neatenes which, simply, never fully grow up, cannibalistic individuals grow faster and transform much sooner than do typical larvae. While the long-term evolutionary consequences of this behavior are difficult to access, it is almost certainly advantageous in situations where ponds dry too qulckly for normal development to take place.

Unfortunately, we begin to lose touch with Tiger Salamanders after their transformation into full fledged terrestrial adults and most of what is known about this stage of tl,eir lives is based on chance encounters and isolated "events" in the animal's annual life cycle. For example, while we know the species is among the first coldblooded vertebrates to become active each spring, (often while ice is still present on area wetlands), exactly when they arrive at their Minnesota breeding ponds and just how far they travel to reach these sites are questions that remain largely unanswered.

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THE ROOT RIVER NATURALIST By John Levell Again, unlike our frogs and toads, Tiger Salamanders enter these breeding ponds silently and unannounced without all the raucous screaming and yelling of their later arriving amphibian cousins. Their ritualistic courtship and mating behavior occurs underwater as well, hidden away from the view of all but the most patient observers.

or plowing activities lends some support to this conclusion. The animals become surface active again, apparently as they make their way back to winter quarters, during cool rainy nights in early autumn. Details concerning type, location and distance of hibernation sites, as well as, winter behavior, once again remain virtually unknown.

what Tiger Exactly Salamanders do upon leaving the breeding ponds is also a matter of some speculation. We assume their sununers are spent mainly tmderground where they seek, capture and consume a variety of small subterranean organisms including worms, insects and other burrowing invertebrates. Their relatively poor eyesight and the frequency with which they are uncovered during human digging

Filling the gaps in our knowledge of this secretive animal's natural history will require the long term collection of data on as many specimens as possible. Fortunately , this is an activity in which anyone can participate as Tiger Salamanders are absolutely harmless and do not bite. So if you happen to see one pick up the phone and let me know, I'd just love to hear about it.

Lanesboro, Minnesota 105 Y, Parkway Ave. South (Below tile Historical Museum) 507467-2167 5

Tiger Salamander Facts Family: Ambystomatida (Mole Salamanders) Scientific Name: Amln)stoma tigrinum Distribution: Widespread in North America Average Adult Length: 7-8 inches Record Length: 13 inches Life span: 20+ years (in captivity)

John Levell is the naturalist at the Living Museum of Natural Histon) in Lanesboro. This article was reprinted with his pemzission from tlte Fillmore Counh) Journal, Volume 13, Number 24, page 7.

The Living Museum exhibits a variety of native and exotic animals and plants and provides infonnation on their life history, habits and value in the natural environment. Fossils, skulls, model dinosaurs and other natural artifacts are also displayed and further illustrate the history and diversity of life on earth. Additional museum activities include frequent "Hands-on" demonstrations featuring live animals and artifacts, seasonal field trips, and numerous "ongoing" research and conservation programs targeting native wildlife and regional habitats. Museum data resources are available to the entire community and our staff will gladly assist in your research projects. Pay us a visit soon!

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Minnesota Herpetogical Society Annual Picnic Saturday, July 19th, 1998 Locke Park 400 7ist Avenue NE Fridley, Anoka County, MN Info: The MHS picnic will be held Saturday, July 18th. We will be located at shelter 2, at the end of the park road. The park opans 9:00 am and closes 9:00 pm. The grills will be fired up around noon, and as requested thereafter. MHS will be providing charcoal, plates, napkins, utensils, and condiments. Please bring your own beverages (no kegs or hard liquor allowed), grilling meats, and something to share.


There is running water, restrooms, adequate parking, grills, and picnic tables. A small play area is available for children. A vOlleyballibadminton net will be set up for use, weather permitting. The park also has a regional trail system which runs through the woods along Rice Creek. Local Attractions: Locke park is located about two miles south 01 Springbrook Nature Center, which has a large display of reptiles and amphibians, as well as many walking trails.


Any questions should be directed to the picnic chairpersons, Jody & Roger, at 424路8816. To view scenes from last the MHS web site at:


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TWO KICKASS HANDS-ONS By Sean P. Hewitt Has anyone seen a MHS volunteer? Anyone?

Saturday, May 29th. Some will remember it as when the storm hit and friends and family lost electricity for days, some will remember as when Pakistani Indian governments initiated nuclear testing under Himalayan MountaIns. While these are somber events I have one that is (definitely) lighter. On that particular day, MHS was asked to demonstrate at Scout Fair 98. Scout Fair 98 is a very large event in the scouting community similar to our symposium in the way that it will be back in four years. of There were hundreds different presenters spread over the soggy fairgrounds. We were a huge hit among the Scouts and families so huge that we went through 6 packs of film in a few hours. We also seized two surrounding presenters' tables. MHS received a cool certificate of participation and a very nice donation from lndianhead Council. We had several volunteers for this hands-on and they were: Bruce and Nancy Haig. Nancy Hakomaki, Ellen Heck, Michelle Hewitt, Jan and Merle Larson, Bill Moss, George and Sarah Richard and DOlma Calander, who drove in from Austin, Minnesota just to do the Hands-On and for that I thank her for her ambition and dedication. A sincere everyone.




The Minnesota Herpetological Society participated in the Grand Old Day Parade on Sunday, June 7 thâ&#x20AC;˘ For myself, it was the first time I had ever seen the parade. It was a truly awesome event. I have never seen so many people. Even with the brief contact that we had, everyone seemed so interested in our reptiles. During the parade practically everyone fell behind at one time or another. We almost lost Nancy Haig but we saved her. We did (sadly) lose another MHS member that day. Her name was Shelly LeTendre. By the second or third block, we lost her in the sea of humanity of 400,000 strong. It was almost too much. If anyone in the meantime sees a lost MHS member, please notify the proper authorities. Otherwise, I'll have a small wake at the next meeting for our lost member.

Volunteers for the Parade were: Dennis Daly, Bruce and Nancy Haig. Nancy Hakomaki, Michele Hewitt, Bill Moss Mark Schmitdke, Shelly (MIA) Le Tendre (and Shelly's mom too,).

Everyone Loves a Parade! The MiImesota Herpetological Society was invited to participate with Minnesota Renaissance Festival in parades around the metro. I believe this is a marvelous opportunity for advertisement, participation and exercise. (I've been stress testing my costume). I receive the parade information about a week before, and will pass on any information as I get it.


In addition to earned volunteer hours, MHS volunteers also receive two admission tickets or food coupon booklet per parade! (except for Aquatennial TorchlightParade.) Line-up is typical an hour prior. All Parades are approximately an hour long. The following are parades (yes, you get credit for hands-on time). You MUST wear a Renaissance period costume. Pierre Bottineau Parade. in Maple Grove on Thursday, July 12th. Parade begIns at7:00pm Hopkins Raspberry Festival Parade. in the city of Hopkins. on Sunday, July 19th. Parade begIns at 2:00pm. Slice of Shoreview Parade. on Saturday, July 25th. Parade begins at 11:00am. Aquatennial Torchlight Parade in the city of Minneapolis on Wednesday, July 22th. (broadcasted locally) This one is now confirmed! MHS volunteers will receive 4 tickets per person. RenFest says that they get over 85 people for this one event. Let's see if we can show up in large numbers, too. Parade begIns at 7:00pm Please plan to attend. Skakopee Derby Days Parade. on Saturday, August 1st Parade begIns at 10:00am Check out the Calendar of Events for a clairvoyant look at IIHands-On" events. If anyone is interested, give your Education Coordinator a call or if you are attending the next meeting find myself or any other Board member. We will be glad to help. Thanks. SPH

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Campus KickOff Days 6th Annual





What Bridge? What dates? What time? What's provided?

What do I bring?

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The Washington Ave. Bridge September 24 & 25, 1998 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Painting supplies Free refreshments Music by Radio K Bring your friends, great ideas, and join the fun Marla Richter 478-6707 RSVP by July 4th weekend

Hands-On for the calendar at these locations MarketFEST in downtown White Bear Lake. 50,000 people attended last years. White Bear answer to Farmer's Market and State Fair rolled into one. Event starts June 25th and run though Aug. 13th on Thursdays only. Rain, Shine or Snow. Starts 6:00pm to 9:00pm Animal Humane Society, Hennepin County. An annual autumnal event. Event is on Aug 8th General Mills Company Picnic. Event is on Aug 15th Minnesota Renaissance Festival in Shakopee, MN. A historical recreation of life in 1450's. Event starts Aug 15th thru Sept 27th. Weekends and Labor Day only. Questions? Ask our Renaissance committee co-chairs Dennis Daly (ph: 331-8606) and Franke Forsnter (ph: 447-5688).


MHS Newsletter Vol lime 18 Nlimber 6

M.H.S. BUSINESS June Board of Directors Meeting

Treasurer's Report of May1998

By Bruce Haig, Recording Secretary

Prepared by Marilyn Brooks Blasus

The MHS Board of Directors met June 6, 1998 at Barb Buzicky's house. A quorum was present

Beginning checkbook balance:

MHS members adopted 9 animals during the June meeting. TI,at's the good news, the bad news is that there are 27 animals still in need of good homes and someone walked off with $15.00 of the adoption donations. Also, an MHS member donated about 100 Ibs. of frozen rodents when their freezer went out during to the power outages last month.

Income: Membership: Raffle Sales Rodent Sales Donations Fines


105.00 0.00 0.00 231.00 90.00 0.00

The need for a media committee was discussed. 426.00

Total income:

TIris would be a committee of 3 to 5 people meeting

periodically to resolve issues involving the presentation of a consistent view of the MHS to the public via the newsletter, our website, and other media. Anybody with comments should give them to a board member.

Expense: Newsletter Misc. prt./ post. Program Library Supplies Refreshments Sales costs Donation Other (Bulk Mail)

Marilyn Blasus and Nancy Haig are developing an information packet for new members. They are preparing an envelope of immediate information (meeting procedures, how to use the library, etc.) and a notebook of reference material (White Pages, MHS Bylaws and rules, etc.).

250.00 29.10 0.00 43.20 40.14 0.00 289.45 0.00 0.00

350 copies of the White Pages will be printed in June for the years 1998 - 1999 for distribution in July.

Total Expense: Net Income/(loss)

Presented and accepted: Recording Secretary Report, Membership Report and Treasurers Report.

Ending checkbook balance: Funds allocated to unpaid expenses Funds available

651.89 (225.89) 11,586.20 108.20 11,478.00

MRS Coming Events July 10, 1998 MHS General Meeting, 335 Boriaug Hall, U of M, St. Paul Campus, 7:00p.m July 11, 1998 MHS Board of Directors Meeting. Student Union, U of M, St. Paul Campus, 7:00p.m. July 18, 1998 MHS Picnic, Locke Park, see pages 7 & 8

Hands-On June 25-Aug 13, Thursdays only. MarketFEST. White Bear Lake, 6:00-9:00 pm Aug 15-Sept 27. Weekends Minnesota Renaissance Festival. Contact Dennis Daly (331-8606) Or Franke Forstner (235-3%4) Contact Sean Hewitt (612) 935-5845 for further information of Hands- On events.


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CLASSIFIED ADVERTISEMENTS For Sale: Classified ads are free to the membership. Deadline is the night of the general meeting to be included in the next newsletter. Contact Nancy Hillg 434-8684 to leave ad or mail to: "MHS Editor, Bell Museum of Natural History, 10 Church St., SE, I\.1inneapolis, .MN, 55455 1.0.0= male, 0.1.0 ~ female, 0.0.1 = unsexed, cb -'= captive +'"' times run. bred, obo = or best offer,

Sandfire/Red Bearded Dragons, beautiful, May 98 hatchlings, guaranteed healthy, $150.00/ each. Call Vern at 428-4625 + 1.1 Spur Thigh Tortoises. CB 91. I've moved- they no longer have a yard. Female has laid eggs. $500/pr. Gloria (612) 235-7374 (voicemail). + 2.2 Adult CB Brazilian Rainbow Boas. Proven breeders, $650/pair. Other adults, ready to breed, $200$300. All very good temperaments. Brazilian Rainbow Boa babies born 4/26/98, healthy litter of 13; $175 each or $150/2 or more. Call Tyler or Chelsea DeArmond, 7765216, leave message. ++ 1.0.0 adult striped Prairie Kingsnake, $55; 0.1.0 adult amelenistic normal pattern Prairie Kingsnake, $125; 2' Ball Python decent feeder, $80; Prices negotiable. Can deliver to MHS meeting. Call Randy 925-4237+++ Baby Common Boas, c.b. 98,. Shed & fed, $65.00 each. Call Tina (612)

0.0.8 CB 98 Giant Day Geckos, $20 each; 1.1 CB 96 Standings Day Geckos, $200 pair; 1.3 CB Argentine Rainbow boas, $500 group; 7.8 CB 98 Brazilian Rainbow boas from iridescent orange-red adults, $150 each; exceptional Hogg Island boa babies due in June, $75 to $150 each. Contact Mark Welding, (319) 857-4787 ++ Breeding pairs of Sinaloan, Andean, Mexican and Pueblan Milksnakes, California Banded, Thayeri, Greei, Ruthvins (1.0 hetero for albinism) and Grey Banded Kingsnakes. Beautiful animals, great prices. All hibernated and ready to breed. Call Claude Riedel at (612) 8245308. +++ 1.1 Irian Jaya Blue Tongued Skinks. Many Thayeri Kings, Wholesale prices. Call Mark Hauge (302) 202-9871 or Whitneywee@ +++ Frozen Rabbits - all sizes. Prices very reasonable- pinkies to adults. Jim Daluge (612) 295-2818 Critter Cagesix section pressboard and plexiglass, hinged doors, 72'h x46' w x 28' d. four sections with lights. Call after 9:00am or leave message, Lynn Peters 825-6767. +

Wanted: Breeding age Albino male Boa constrictor for mutual breeding project. I have an 8ft+ adult female boa (anerythristic) with very little yellow which should produce beautiful Snow Boas. Contact DarIeena at (612) 497-4419 or Jerry (218) 728-6789 ++ Anyone who video or audio-taped any or all of the "1997 Midwest Herpetological Symposium" in Shakopee, MN. Please call: John Levell at (507) 467-3076, or PM (507) 467-8733 +

MHS Rodent Sales Mice

Pinkies Fumes Hoppers Adults

$6.00 dozen $6.00 dozen $7.50 dozen $9.00 dozen


Sm. Pups Lg Pups Adults

$\0.00 dz. $15.00 dz. $12.00 six $24.00 dz.

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

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612 - 455 - 6540 South S1. Paul, Mo. pager: 612 • 902·9688

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Veterinary Housecall Services for your pets and you

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