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Upcoming Meeting Highlights

Volume 20 Numberl Please have patience until the totals are computed. All purchases must be paid for when you pick them up. During the auction check out the

February Program:

liThe Great White Snake

Sale & Photo Contest" This annual event is a major fund raising source for the MHS. Proceeds from the sale go towards the items you see expensed in the budget The more money we raise, the more functions, services and grants we can support

Here's how it works. Bring your cages, equipmen~ artwork, knickknacks, books, etc. to the February Meeting. Give them to the sales staff in the back of the room. Put small items (jewelry, magnets, etc.) on a piece of cardboard so they won't get lost Including a list of items with suggested sale prices and your name really helps speed things up. You may request a receipt for your donations. MHS is a non-profi~ tax-exempt organization. Get your name badge from the box, find a seat in the side rows and let the fun begin This is a silent auction. The middle sections will be roped off will the items are being set-up. When the area is opened, check out the items, if you see something you like, write down your bid (increments of $.25) and your membership number (it's on your badge). Keep checking your item in case someone raises your bid. A time limit is established and a final call will be announced before the session is closed and the items removed.

PHOTO CONTEST ENTRIES that will be on display and vote for your favorites. There's still time to enter your photos. Follow the contest presentation rules and bring them Friday night Be sure to contact Michelle Hewitt (651) 604-0314 if you are bringing late entries. Date: February 4, 2000 Location: Borlaug Hall, Room 335, U of M. St Paul Campus 7:00pm


MHSLibrary In an effort to keep our library current for our membership, I have been asked by our Librarian, Karin Rea, to assist her by recommending new items. I know what I find interesting, but we need to know what you like and are most likely to read. I feel that our library is best used as a reference source for both herpeculture and herpetology. However, I realize that our space is limited and that we cannot be a complete source as there are too many books, magazines and journals published; most of which can be obtained at other, larger libraries. So if you use the library, find it useless, or have any suggestions or requests please let the librarian or myself know and we will try to accommodate the needs of our membership. -Randy Blasus

There are four categories:

Herps in a Natural Setting Herps with People Photographs by Professional Photographers Miscellaneous styles Entries must be: 1. 4/1 x6 5"x7", 8"xlO" mounted on cardboard no larger than 1l"x14". 11



Identified on the back with entrants' name, address, and category. Do not place names on the front of the prints.


Members may submit up to five prints.

Due to the White Snake Sale the library will be closed until next month. You can return items to Karin or any of the board members at the February meeting. Be sure to tell them it is a library return and not a sale item donation. Thanks-ed.

Board of Directors President Bill Moss

The Minnesota Herpetological Society

(651) 488-1383

Vice President

John Levell

Bell Museum of Natural History 10 Church Street, SE, Minneapolis Minnesota, 55455-0104

(507) 467-3076

Recording Secretary Julie Beauvais

(612) 321-0058

Membership Secretary Mark Sdunidtke (651) 481-0127 Treasurer

Marilyn Blasus

Voice Mail: (612) 624-7065


(612) 925-4237

Internet: I

Newsletter Editor


(612) 43oHl684

Past President George Richard

(651) 63%368

Volume 20, Number 1

January 2000

Members at large

JodiAhems Nancy Hakomaki Gordon Merck

Janel! Osborn

(612) 588-9329 (612) 203-5295 (612) 566-2001 (320) 65W213

Committees Adoption Sarah Richard

The purpose of the Minnesota Herpetological Society is to

• (612) 202-3567

• Education Jan Larson

(507) 2634391

Northern Minnesota

Jeff Korbel

(218) 58&-2588

Occasional Papers

John Moriarty

(651) 482-8109

Rodent Sales Tina CiseWski

(612) 85&-2865

Herl! Assistance Amphibians Greg Kvanbek John Meltzer John Moriarty

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.

(651) 388-0305 (612) 263-7880 (651) 482-8109

Chameleons Vern & Laurie Grassel (612) 428-4625 Crocodilians Jeff Lang

(701) 772-=7

Uzards NancyHaig

(612) 43oHl684

Big lizards, Monitors Bill Moss

(651) 488-1383

The Minnesota Herpetological Society is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. Membership is open to all individuals with an interest in amphibians and reptiles. The Minnesota Herpetological Society Newsletter is published monthly to provide its members with infonnation concerning the society's activities and a media for exchanging infonnation.. opinions and resources. General Meetings are held at Borlaug Hall, Room 335 on the St Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota, on the first Friday of each month (unless there is a holiday conflict). The meeting starts at 7:00 pm and lasts about three hoUl". Please check the MHS Vokemail for changes in schedules or cancellations. Submissions to the Newsletter Ads or Notices must be submitted no later than the night of the General Meeting to be included in the next issue. Longer articles will be printed as time and space allows. All active members are allowed a classified ad, run free of charge as space permits. Business cards are run for $5.00 per month. Items may be sent to: or Emailed to: The Minnesota Herpetological Society Attn: Newsletter Editor Bell Muserun of Natural History 10 Church St, SE Minneapolis, MN. 5545s.m04

Large boas, Pythons Tina Cisewski

Other snakes Jeff LeOere

(612) 85&-2865

John Meltzer

(651) 488-6388 (612) 263-7880

Aquatic Turtles Gary Ash John Levell

(612) 753-{)218 (507) 467-3076

Terrestrial Turtles Fred Bosman John Levell

(612) 47&-0306 (507) 467-3076

Snakebite Emergency Hennepin Regional Poison Center 1 - (800) - 764 -7661 This should work for both 10<.1 and out st.te calls

Copyright Minnesota HerpetolOgical Society 2000. 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 da teo

MHS Newsletter Volume 20 Number 1

NEWS, NOTES & ANNOUNCEMENTS Critter Of The Month Chase Delles & Tina Cisewski Immature Red-tailed Hawks

Emergency rules issued concerning tick-borne disease Tallahassee (AP) (date unknown)

Buteo jamaicensis Joy Norquist

Juvenile Rat

consumable John Levell

Beagle Puppy

Canine pissonflooris

A bacterial disease carried by ticks that could wipe out half the state's cattie has Florida agricultural officials worried. Agricultural inspectors have found several ticks that tested positive for the organism that causes heartwater disease on tortoises imported from Africa. Heartvvater disease doesn't have any effect on humans. But it can be devastating to the cattie industry.

Help a Hapless Herp Animals adopted at the Jan. meeting: 1 Comsnake 1 Bearded Dragon 1 American Alligator 1 Ball Python Still available 8 + Common Boas 4 Iguanas 3 Red eared Sliders 4 Burmese Pythons 3 American Alligators 1 Snapping Turtle If you are interested in adopting animals please contact Sarah Richard at (651) 6396326.

Due to the White Snake Sale we will not be having JJCritter of the Month" or Adoptions at the February Meeting.

New Email address for Newsletter submissions If you would like to submit something for the newsletter you can contact me directly at Don't have Email? Then send items to the MHS address cj 0 The Bell Musemn- attn newsletter editor. Remember, if you are sending a reprint article to include the author's name and where it was published (ex. Doug Grow, The Star Tribune, Jan. 1, 2000) -Thanks, Nancy Haig, Newsletter Editor

The Department of Agriculture last week issued emergency rules restricting the importing of certain animals from countries where heartwater disease exists. The disease can kill certain hoofed animals like cows, sheep, goats and deer. When it issued its emergency rules, the deparbnent also issued an ominous warning. "If this disease enters the United States, mortality rates in susceptible infected species could range from 40 percent to 100 percent" Agricultural Commissioner Bob Crawford said in a statement There is no practical vaccine for the disease, he added. Fifteen ticks carrying the organism that causes heartwater were found on tortoises brought into the country from Africa by a Hilisbourough County importer in May, State Veterinarian Lee Coffman said Wednesday. But the officials said so far, the disease hasn't been reported in

any cattIe, deer, or any of the other hoofed mammals that can serve as host to the organism. "TIUs would be devastating if we got it here for our animal populations, including our deer. II Coffman said. "The threat is very significant" He said officials have been on the lookout for heartwater for about three years because it has been found in some Caribbean nations.

(This newspaper clipping was submitted by red Schaue, from the CApe Coral Breeze, CApe Coral, FL.)

Note: The full text of the Emergency Rule is: 68A-ER-99-01 Emergency Prohibition Against Importation of Certain African Tortoise. (1) No Spurred tortoises (Geochelone sulcata) or Leopard tortoises (Geochelolle pardalis) shall be imported or transported into the state. Effective date December 17, 1999.

(This statement was obtained from the January 2000 newsletter of the League of Florida Herpetological Sodeties. -ed) 3

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FROM OUR MEMBERS Lizards with Big Appetite Find Fireflies a Fatal Attraction New York Times, 27July 1999. By Henry Fountain To call the bearded dragon lizard a voracious eater would be an understatement. It happily consumes most any insectl no matter what the defense mechanism of the prey. It will gobble a cockroach that sprays irritating chemicals, or a moth laden with foul-tasting alkaloids.

Fireflies use the chemical as a defense against predation, Dr. Eisner said, and have one of the highest concentrations of the steroids found in nature. The lizardst he said, /laTe overdosing on a heart drug."

dragon, which are native to Australia,

do not.

But the lizard, an increasingly popular pet among reptile lovers in the United States, can go an insect too far, according to scientists at Cornell

University. And the meal that can do it in is the common firefly.

In a paper to be published in the Journal of Chemical Ecology, the Cornell scientists and others relate firsthand accounts from lizard owners, who running short on the customary fare, crickets, fed fireflies to their pets. Within minutes after eating even one of the flashing insects,

a bearded dragon starts shaking its head violently, gapes with open mouth as if trying to vomit and develops severe breathing trouble. Shortly after, it keels over dead. Fireflies have long been known to be toxic, said Thomas Eisner, a professor of chemical ecology at Cornell and an author of the paper. Twenty years ago, after spending a summer feeding over 100 different insect species to a thrush and having fireflies be one of the few that the bird rejected, Dr. Eisner determined that fireflies contain a type of steroid, which he called lucibufagin. It is similar to plant steroids like digitalis, which is famous as a stimulant for the


convenient, ;/ Dr. Adler said.

The bearded dragon (which gets While birds and other predators, induding other types of lizards, know to stay away from fireflies, bearded

It has even been known to lunch

on a bombardier beetle after being sprayed in the face with a hot, nasty liquid that is enough to deter lesser lizards. Like a glutton suffering only a temporary distraction, the bearded dragon simply wipes the stuff off its chin and chomps away.

Iguanas are the most popular as pets, but they have one major flaw: they can grow to be six feet long. "Ultimately, that's not so

"Obviously they come from an area of the world where they don't have to deal with a lot of defensive insects. Dr. Eisner said. lilt's amazing how fearless they are of II

its name from the skin on its neck, which expands to resemble a full

beard when the animal is threatened) only grows to about 20 inches as adults. They can be flamboyantly beautiful; the ones Mr. Mailloux sells often have red-orange skin on the head. And unlike most lizards, which are skittish around humans, bearded dragons will sit on a shoulder or lap and can be fed from the hand.


North American lizards have probably evolved a genetic predisposition to avoid fireflies, said Kraig Adler, a Cornell biology professor and another of the paper's authors. "Those foolish enough to eat them are no longer with us," Dr. Adler said. Bearded dragons, being new to this country, are unfortunate innocents.

The popularity of bearded dragons has risen in recent years as the popularity of keeping lizards of any kind as pets has increased. By some estimates, 20 million American households now keep at least one reptile or amphibian.

Mr Mailloux, who has been breeding the lizards for 18 years, said that he had occasionally heard accounts of death-by-firefly from customers. "A lot of people call us up to;ask us things," he said. LlSometimes they'll say, 'My dragon just up and died. I fed it a firefly and wondered if that had anything to do with it.' " The Cornell researchers in the past few months have learned of similar deaths among African chameleons and another type of lizard, one that is native to Eastern Europe. "The implication is that susceptibility to toxicity is a fairly widespread phenomenon," Dr. Adler said. Their paper is being published

Bob Mailloux, who breeds breaded dragons in Bonsall, Calif., estimated that about 50,000 of the reptiles are hatched every year in the United States. He breeds 3,000 to 4,000 a year, selling them for up to $300 each. They can live for six years or longer (if they stay away from fireflies). Lizards, Dr. Adler said, "are the

next month, but the scientists said that

with the firefly season in full swing, and with a lot of beaded dragons around, it was good to get the word out sooner. "We thought, 'One can actually save some lizards/ Dr. Eisner said. "Or some fireflies, depending upon 1/

which side you're on,n

convenient pets of the 9O"s." Unlike birds or small mammals, lizards have

very slow metabolisms, and thus don't eat much. "As long as a lizard has some water, a busy person can go away for the weekend and not worry about it," he said.


(This article was submtted by Ulrico Sacchet)

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FROM OUR MEMBERS Group works to educate public about pet Iguanas By Tony Reid (Decatur) Herald & Review DECATUR, III - Chub Chub the iguana ought to be in movies. He certainly knows how to make a dramatic entrance: Bright green, with a ridge of spikes running down his scaly 40-inch-Iong body and tail, Chub Chub looks like a table-top GodzilIa; all that's needed to complete the picture is some white-coated Japanese scientists armed with a poor script in badly dubbed English. But while Godzilla usually torched the opposition and emerges in stopmotion triumph, the story of pets like Chub Chub often end in tragedy. "Iguanas look like dinosaurs and have become a very trendy pet, but a lot of people buying them have no idea how to take care of them," says Chub Chub's owner, Lisa Hensley of Decatur. "The result is the animals get diseased Of injured and, because iguanas are quite hardy, they linger and die miserable deaths." Hensley and a group of 400 fellow iguana-lovers across the nation are on a crusade to stop the scaly carnage with a public education campaign. She's an Illinois coordinator for National Iguana Awareness Day- set for Sept 9, 2000- and is working hard to spread the gospel of humane lizard husbandry. HThere are irresponsible pet owners out there/' said Hensley, 31. "But. Generally, people mean well but just don't have the right information." Basically, a 5-star iguana hotel suite feeIs like this: a humid atmosphere of around 70-95 degrees with an additional heat source like a 6O-watt bulb. Lisa likes overhead heat because the cold-blooded critters have a sensory organ on the top of their

head that tells them when they are hot enough; she says ground-level heat sources can cook them alive. "Iguanas also need a special kind of light bulb that produces UVB rays." Hensley said. "UVB bulbs are expensive, like $30 each, but they prevent crippling diseases." Hensley has heard of people feeding these rainforest creatures anything from cat food to crickets but, basically, the menu needs to be stocked with fruits and veggies; get the full picture by clicking on or where there are pages of information. Chub Chub, named for a lizard with a similar-sounding title in an episode of "The Simpsons," has starred in public service announcements on iguana care that Hensley has produced for public access cable channels around the country. She also churns out news releases on the subject and looks for any opportunity to spread the word. "I guess I've always been kind of a champion for the underdog," Hensley says. 1/And Iguanas need someone to defend them. II Chub Chub was purchased as a 16-inch-long juvenile lizard two years ago, the heart's desire of Hensley's son, Brandon,. 15. At the time, Mom was as ignorant as anyone else about iguana lifestyles. "I had no idea what I was in for until I started going on the Internet and reading and learning all these new things," Hensley said. UYou soon find out that iguanas are fascinating creatures, and they really grow on you as pets."

Which bring us to another iguana dilemma: SIZE: They might not reach movie monster proportions, but they do get big. Dr. Brian Norton of the Northgate Pet Clinic, an expert in


iguana care, said growth rates catch owners unaware. "People will go to the pet store and buy this cute little 6-inch-Iong lizard and a 10 gallon aquarium to put it in," he explains "Within six months, its already outgrown that and is on its way to reaching a maximum size of 4 to 6 feet" Norton warned families to think carefully about where their lizard will live for the long term as, kept healthy, owners report life spans of 20-plus years. "Iguanas must have somewhere where there is room for them to turn round without injuring themselves," said the doctor, who has written a pamphlet on iguana care available at Northgate. "A lot of people dedicate a whole room for just th.err iguanas." (Submitted by Al Batt)

National Iguana Awareness Day September 9, 2000 is a movement to educate the public, iguana owners, pet stores and even pet suppliers about the special care requirements of the iguana. It's also a movement to encourage people who want an iguana to adopt one of the many juvenile to adult iguanas that get dumped or abandoned every year.

For more information concerning NIAD checkout their website;

MHS Newsletter Volume 20 Number 1

FROM OUR MEMBERS Herp Siting on the Web http:w\,{ Crocodilians Natural History and ConselVation This site is great! It is fun and educational. There are a lot of great pictures. This site offers: • Crocodilian Species List information on the 23 species of crocodilian. You can find their Names, Distribution, Habitat, Status, Appearance, Images, Die~ Breeding and Conservation. • Crocodilian Biology Database information on Evolution, Morphology, General Biology, Behavior, Conservation, Crocodile Lore and Crocodile FAQ. • Crocodile Communication here is sound bytes from 7 different species. Everything from hatchling calls to courtship bellows. There are several spectograms. • Crocodilian Internet Resources basically links. • Crocodilian Captive Care FAQ this is the most in depth care sheet(?) I have seen on the internet It is quite lengthy and written in book form. Very informative.

This site has won awards and it is very easy to see why. 101

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Venomous101 The Venomous care Page

The National Geographic King Cobra Website

I really like this site. I know absolutely nothing about keeping venomous animals in captivity, so this site was very educational for me.

This site is really fun! It is great for children and adults. The screen is split in half and you start off by choosing a body segment Once a segment is chosen it will either show and tell you about the body part or it will show and tell you about their behavior. The snakes body is broken into 11 segments .

This site offers: • The Golden Rules -Tools -Transporting These first 3 menu items are all text but are very interesting reading. • Beginner Species which the author does not recommend any species to get but rather which species not to get • Caging • Handling Tools 'Trapboxes • Hooking 'Tailing -Tubing 'Pinning • Bagging 'Safety and Security 'Snakebite Protocols • Books/References

Outback Snakehouse This site is different and our family loves it! The website is a private breeders. The site offers: 'Snakes-Pythons and Boas for sale. • Terms • Contact Us oPrices

1. The Kings Armory

2. Sovereign Senses 3. The Imperial Pose 4. A Noble Meal 5. Myths and Legends 6. The Royal Domain 7. The Monarch Revealed 8. The Kings New Clothes 9. Disobediant Subjects 10. Kings and Queens 11. The Succesion Each body segment has 3 to 5 picture stills of quicktime movies. Of course all the pictures and movies are fantastic!

'Links • Photo Gallery -Venom Chat And even more.

As always, I am looking for new websites. For every one site I write about I look at at least 10 to 20 websites. Please, if you know of a at good website email me


By Jodi Patnoe

The neat thing about this site is that it takes you step by step, with a photo to cover just about every step. I never realized how much thought and responsibility goes into keeping venomous reptiles. This website really made me think. ~_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _.........,

• Links • Adventures of Sid Adventures of Sid is the whole reason I am writing about this website. Sid is a snake who has a new adventure

every month. Yes, ies a childrens story. My kids love the stories and my husband and I got a few good laughs from it too. This site is fun and definitely worth going to.


MHS Newsletter Volume 20 Number 1

FROM OUR MEMBERS The following is an ad from the Johnson Smith & Co. 1930

Notes on a Western Hognose Snake

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * LIVE BABY ALLIGATORS

= a fascinating pet from the Louisiana marshlands. A male western hognose snake (Heterodon nasicus nasicus) died December 1999. lbis animal was originally an MRS adoption animal that the Rea family obtained in 1988; spending over half of the eleven years in captivity with them. I obtained the snake from them about four years ago. He was an adult at the time of the adoption indicating a minimum of two years growth and, therefore, a minimum total age of 13 years. Two years ago he displayed an unusual growth that would occasionally bleed. Janell Osborn removed this growth and the subsequent scar disappeared after a few sheds. The cause of death is unknown. A male western hognose in the collection of the Oklahoma City Zoo was reported to have been in captivity for almost 20 years. This specimen was a wild caught male and was still alive at that time in 1992. (Snider, Bowler). -Randy Blasus S1ljder~

Attdrew T. & ,. Kevin Bowler 1992 Lonevity afReptiles lmd Ampilibians itl NortlJ American Collection second ed. SSAR Hetp.Circ. 21


How would you like a real live baby alligator for your very own? A rage for baby alligator pets has swept the country. We have arranged, at great expense, to supply you with a GENUINE UVE BABY ALUGATOR just hatched in the deep marshlands of the South, at an amazingly low price. These corking little pets will be shipped to you by mail, carefully packed - safe arrival guaranteed. Think of the fun, the thrills you will have with one of these baby alligators, Read how fascinating they are, how interesting. Study nahue. Remember, the alligator comes down to us from prehistoriC days, from the age of dinosaursl Do you want a baby alligator? You bet you do. What boy wouldn't?

Baby alligators are fascinating little pets that average about 11 inches long. They require nearly 100 years to attain full growth, growing only a few inches the first few years. They are extremely gentle.. friendly little fellows; very pretty, with bright orange stripes encircling their green lxxlies. No expense to keep. And so interesting! And do you know that Alligators can be hypnotized? To do this you lay the Alligator on its back" make a peculiar moaning sound, and he will be completely "hypnotizelr, remaining motionless in this position for hours, days or even weeks not even breathing. It's muscles being relaxed, you can raise it's feet up, which will drop as if lifeless, you can holler and yeU, even shoot off a gun on either side of its head and it will pay no attention To revive the Alligator it is not necessary to touch it; but by imitating the exact sound, or call of an Alligator it will inunediately show signs of life and quickly tum. over. This has been practiced by the Seminole Indians for ages, and you can do it too, with a little practice and patience. Alligators can be tamed and trained, in fact Alligators will also really SING and LAUGH. Alligators require almost no care, cost nothing to feed, cause no trouble, and they will rid your house of flies, insects, etc. They take to the water quite nahually and eat small minnows, frogs.. lizards, etc. They grow 3 to 4 inches in a year; an Alligator four feet long is approximately ten to twelve years old. Send your order NOW. There's no time to lose. Shipments made by parcel post direct from one of the largest alligator fanns in the south. Uve delivery guaranteed. No. 7999 UVE BABY ALUGATORS. Price Each .....$1.50

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * The ad goes on to list a sliding scale of pricing for alligators by size. The largest ones - at 48" sell fOT $15.00

(submitfed by "gatorguy" Bill Moss. HuttlmltJ, those babies would be 70 years old by now. If YOll are interested jn alligators ask Bill about the ones available for adoption tlmt he is currently fOstering.)

The Remarkable Reptiles Programs & Displays

James E. Gerholdt Phone: (612) 852路2996 Fax, (612) 6l52-2992

Shelley LeTendre. 612-943-4011 Call For An Appointment


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FROM OUR MEMBERS Officer Threatened with Hissing Python

APB NEWS (USA) 30 June 99 (Todd Venezia) Westminster, Maryland: The black python may have been nothing more than a harmless pet, but

in the hands of a wanted criminal, the 3-foot-long reptile turned into a frightening weapon, police said today. According to animal experts, the young ball python was probably the most scared participant in a melee Monday, in which a man wanted on a

warrant brandished the hissing animal at a wary sheriffs deputy, who didn't know if it was poisonous. nRe shoved that snake in my face several times/ said Carroll County

sheriffs Deputy Royce Ruby Jr. "Of course I was afraid of the snake. I didn't know if it would bite me. He was pointing it in my face, and I just wanted to get it back in the its cage." The incident began at about 8 p.m., when Ruby tracked down 21year-old Gregory Shaun Handley at his home and tried to serve him a warrant for a violation of his probation on charges of theft and malicious destruction of property.

Waved reptile at officer When Ruby approached Handley, the suspect had the snake in his hands and waved it menacingly at the deputy. Ruby said the animal was wrapped around Handley's arm -and it was extending its head, baring Its teeth and lashing about with its forked tongue. Ruby said he pulled his gun and ordered Handley to put the snake down. After a few tense seconds of confrontation, the suspect did put the snake back into its open-topped cage, Ruby said. The trouble for the officer wasn't over, however. Ruby said that

after stowing the snake, Handley attacked him. The ensuing wrestling match raged until the deputy, with the help of a partner who used mace, got Handley under control, police said. The suspect is now being held in lieu of $5,000 bail on charges of firstdegree assault, reckless endangennent, resisting arrest and malicious destruction of property (for destroying the officer's shirt).

(Submitted IAj Mark Schmidtke)

Animal not a threat The snake, whose name was not available, is now being held by the Humane Society of Carroll County Inc. Executive Director Nicky Ratliff said the snake was a "beautiful" specimen and is in good condition and appeared to be well kept He said that baIl pythons, which have a blackand-tan-spotted color, are not venomous and are actually quite docile.

He said the animal never really posed much of a threat to the deputy, as they don't have fangs and only run about 5 or 6 feet long. He has seen such animals used to intimidate people before and warned that they should never be used as hissing terror weapons. "Some people are terrified by snakes because most people really don't know much about them/ Ratliff

said. "Nobody should ever scare somebody with a snake. ll

Ratliff said that the sheriffs department has cleared the snake to be returned to its owner. Who the owner is~ however, is a subject of some debate, he said. If Handley is the owner, he is permitted to have it back.

Heather C Matson Gecko Brro:ler & Photogrdpher



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MHS Newsletter Volume 20 Number 1

M.H.S. BUSINESS Treasurer's Report of December 1999

Nominations for Board of Directors

Prepared by Marilyn Brooks Blasus The Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Herpetological Society will be held March 3, 2000. During the meeting the elections for the new Board of Directors will take place. Ballot for the elections, so far, is as follows:

President Vice President Recording Secretary Membership Secretary Treasurer Newsletter Editor Members -at- Large (5 positions)

Beginning checkbook balance: Income: Membership: Library Fines Raffle Sales Rodent Sales Donations Adoption/placement Mise ( Hal. Banqt)

Bill Moss Julie Beauvais Mark Schmidtke Marilyn B1asus Nancy Haig

3,491.34 525.00 2.00 61.00 115.00 294.00 2500.00 108.00 274.00

Total income:



Jodi Adhems Mike Burpee Nancy Hakomaki Michelle Hewitt

Newsletter Mise. prt/posl Program Library Supplies Refreshments Rodent costs Adoption Expense Phone bill Insurance Stu. Org.fee '98 grant paid out Hal. Banqt cost

If you would like to run for one of these positions or nominate someone else please contact Julie Beauvais (612) 321-0958.

MRS Coming Events February 4, 2000 MRS General Meeting - "MHS Annual White Snake Sale & Photo Contese' 335 Borlaug Hall, U of M Sl Paul Campus, 7:00 P.M. March 3, 2000 MRS General Meeting - "MHS Annual Meeting and Election of the Board of Directors" 335 Borlaug Hall, U of M Sl Paul Campus, 7:00 PM.

Total Expense: Net income/ (loss)

3,251.4Z 627.53

Ending checkbook balance:


Unpaid Expenses 99 grant keyler croc vet work adoption cages Cable TV tapes Business cards Hal. Banquet frames

Hands-On(s) Feb 9, 2000 (Weds.) Westwood Elem. SchooL Bloomington, 10:15-10:45, 10:50-11:20 (1 st grade)

414.00 10.94 278.66 0.00 0.00 35.93 362.70 200.00 313.92 600.00 15.00 775.00 245.32

1000.00 100.00 200.00 100.00 80.00 50.00 1,530.00

Feb. 19, 2000- (Sal) Bell Museum, Girl Scouts 10-4 March 4,2000- (Sal) Bell Museum, Science fest 10-3 April 11, 2000- (Tues.) Maple Grove- more info next month Contact Jan Larson 1-507-263-4391 Or Email for more information on these events


Funds available


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MHS Newsletter Volume 20 Number 1

CLASSIFIED ADVERTISEMENTS Classified ads are ~ to the membership. Deadline is the night of the generaillW'eting to be included in the next newslelter. Mail to: MHS Editor, Bell Museum of Natural History, 10 Church St, SE, Minne.tpolis, MN, 55.155 1.0.000 male, 0.1.0 = female, 0.0.1 "" unS('xed, <:b= (dptiV(> bred, obo '" or best offer, += limes run. (ads are run only 3;0.: unless requested to (:ontinue.)

For Sale:


Veiled Chameleons, babies $40., Adult Breeders $50., Screen cage setups $75. Call Vern (612) 426-4625 ++

All the shed snake skins in the world. Needed for giveaways at educational programs contact Bob Duerr 5410362

Ground Gecko Freak-. 3-male Bolivian Prickly Gecko $30. Each. Cb 98; Viper Geckos cb. 2000 4 wks old $40. Ea; Frog eyed Gecko (Teratoscinus przewalsla) Male sub-adult breeder- wild caught, I have had 6 months - looks great $60., Leopard Geckos cb 2000- normaL jungle, Hi-yellow, patternless, good to go March 1". Call Jodi L Ahems (612) 586-9329 +

Information Request: Please send the following: 1. A complete inventory of all reptiles and amphibians living in your collection as of January 1. Include numbers of males~ females or unknown sex. 2. A list of all species bred during the previous year. Bare minimum would be to mark the species bred and indicate if they laid eggs or gave live birth. If possible include more detailed notes .of a paragraph or more. 3. List of all species, living or dead which you may believe may be record length. 4. Be sure to list your name, address and telephone number, fax as you want them listed. Please be legible. Anonymous submissions will be considered, try to at least list your name and state. 5. If you know of a person keeping reptiles and amphibians in captivity that has not responded please encourage them to do so. All collectors should respond. Send to Frank L. Slavens, PO Box 30744, Seattle, Washington, 98103, or Fax 206 546 2912

Alligator Snapping Turtle cb. shell length 6-7 inches $250.00 a pair or $150.00 each; Albino Male Bullfrog cb $125.00. Call Josh at (651) 696-4489 will take trades on female Ball Pythons or cash. + Corn Snake Breeding Project: I am scaling back, and the following corn snakes are for sale: 2.2 snow coms, 1.3 amelanistic corns, 1.1 "red okeetee" (greatly reduced black, brilliant red ground color), .1 okeetee with slight" zipper" pattern, all are young adults, 3-5 years old; all are proven breeders. The entire group is for sale $ 500.00. TIlis is an excellent and inexpensive opportunity to get started in com snakes, or add to an existing breeding colony. Call Greg Kvanbek at (651) 388-0305 or (612) 701-9454 Will deliver to Twin Cities area. ++

MHS Hats are still available by special order. They are white will a blue logo or khaki with a green logo. One size fits all, $8.00ppd or $10.00 if you want your name embroidered on the back. Contact Gordon Merck (612) 566-2001

Frozen Rabbits - all sizes. Prices very reasonable- pinkies to adults. Jim Daluge (612) 295-2818

JODI I.. AHERMS Ground Gecko freak Dutch

English Spot

African Fat- Tailed Gecko Leucislic Leopard Gecko

Jim's Rabbit Shack

5 Other Morp!Js of Leopards Homonota Horrida

'Where Spots Are Tops"

JIM DALUGE (612) 295-2818

Proud Member M.H.S. G.G.A. I.G.S.

8700 Jaber Ave. NE Monticello, MN 55362


2946 Thomas AI'e.


Mpis .. MN 55411 612-588-9329

Advertising Policies

MRS Rodent Sales

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 seIVice 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.

Classified Ads: All active members are allowed a classified ad, run free of charge as space permits. Ads may be run (3) consecutive months, after which time they may be resubmitted. Corresponding members are allowed a complimentary business card advertisement monthly as space pennits. Due to Federal restrictions on Non-profit mailing pennits, we are not allowed to run ads for travel,

Mice Pinkies Fuzzies Hoppers Adults

$7.00 dozen $7.00 dozen $8.00 dozen $10.00 dozen


$12.00 dz. $18.00 dz. $24.oodz. $15.00 six $30.oodz.

Sm. Pups LgPups Juvn Rats. Adults

credit or insurance agencies.

Display Ad Rates: Ad Size V. page 'h page full page

per Month $10.00 $20.00 $40.00

Business card advertisements may be purchased at $5.00 per

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

ad, per month. Submissions: All advertisements should be submitted to the MHS Editor, BeIl Museum of Natural History, 10 Church 51. 5E, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Deadline is the night of the General Meeting for inclusion in the next newsletter. Make checks payable to: Minnesota Herpetological Society

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

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Herp related Interests _______________________________________ Active Memberships: _ _ _ Sustaining ($SOlyr) _ _ Contributing ($30lyr) ___,Basic ($15/yr) Corresponding Memberships: ____ Gold Commercial ($100/yr 2 full pg. ads) ads) ___ Bronze Commercial ($50lyr 2 1/4pg ads)

____ Silver Commercial ($75lyr 2 1/2 pg. ___ Basic Commercial ($25/yr 2 Bus cards)

State DOB ______ Required check info Drivers Lic # 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 Sociely, Bell Museum of Natural History, 10 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Please allow 6 - 8 weeks for processing.


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