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Volume 26, Issue 1

Pacific Northwest Herpetological Society

January 2011

Next Meeting Sunday, January 16th, 2010 Highline Community College 2400 S. 240th St, Des Moines, Wa. Building 12, Room 101


Board Meeting: 4:00 pm General Meeting: 6:00 pm (doors open @ 5:30 pm)



Letter from the President


Herp of the Month

Cannibal Tadpoles Croak When

African Herps

Attacking Kin


Upcoming Outreaches


PNHS Pet of the Month


December Board Meeting Minutes 8 Animals For Adoption


Suggested Vet List


Coming Events


Classified Ads


General Information & Guidelines 12 PNHS Contacts Griffin, a juvenile giant leaftailed gecko, Uroplatus fimbriatus, Herp of Africa (Madagascar)


JANUARY NEWSLETTER DEADLINE: Noon, Saturday, February 5th

Meeting Presentation Dr. Tracy Bennet, DVM, Respiratory Infections in Chelonians

Drop your submission off with a member of the newsletter committee, or email them to:

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Announcements by Aimee Kenoyer PNHS 2011 President                  

ECRE: T Minus 7 Weeks and Counting! Hey PNHS, our second annual Emerald City Reptile Expo will be held on March 5th and 6th, 2011, at the Lake City Community Center. We’re working once again with the Beanfarm, and gearing up to have a fantastic weekend with all the usual vendors, educational/conservation information, guest speakers, a photo booth, and of course, Outreach! Bob Applegate – of King Snake, Milk Snake, Gila Monster, and Beaded Lizard fame, among other things – will be our keynote speaker and has two lectures scheduled with living examples in tow.

ECRE Postcard Design by Amanda Bloom

We’re shaking it up a bit this year and will not have the raffle, but will have an auction at the end of the expo Saturday to benefit PNHS. The other major change is that the only Speaker on Sunday will be Bob Applegate, as Saturday’s lectures at ECRE #1 were much more heavily-attended.

We need volunteers! We need quite a few warm bodies to show up for part or all of either day, or for setup Friday evening. We are recruiting also for a couple of key positions, such as Security and FrontDesk. Contact Aimee ASAP if you’d like to volunteer! 206-200-1240 / Continued..... V O LU M E 2 5 , I S S U E 12



Please note: all volunteers who sign up for at least 4 hours of time during the ECRE do NOT have to pay membership dues the next time they re-up (unless they’d like to), and lapsed members or new members are also welcome to volunteer, and will have memberships comp’d if they desire! Get a T-shirt…get lunch…get into the ECRE free…get cool PNHS newsletters, all for volunteering to help make our event great! For updates on the show, please visit our site at, and watch for new content to be added as details are finalized. Or, visit us on Facebook at group.php?gid=349139896011.

Got 2011 Calendars?

As it is now a new year, we’re dropping calendar prices to $10 each. We still have quite a few left and would love to make a little money for these gorgeous calendars. Rachel, Aimee, and Brenda have calendars on hand, and they can also be found at every meeting and every show attended by PNHS, as well as most Outreaches.

Calendar Design by Emily Johnson

PNHS does! And we’d like to sell them to you, loyal members, and your friends, family, co-workers, dentist... Remember the photo contest last year? The 2011 PNHS Calendar features the 12 most fabulous photos submitted to last year’s contest, taken by your very own PNHS membership.

2011 PNHS Calendar (back side). Featuring photos by: Julie Sharkey, Theo Adams, Dave Alverson, Emily Johnson, Aimee Kenoyer, Cecilia Wickett, Jenn Sronce, Shauna Adams, & Patrick Viehoever.

Had a Problem Getting Your Newsletter Lately? Not sure if your membership has expired? Please contact us ASAP so we can update your information! Email us at and let us know if you’ve been having trouble, or contact a Board member at the next meeting or event. V O LU M E 2 5 , I S S U E 12



Letter From the President Aimee Kenoyer PNHS 2011 President Hey PNHS! It’s a new year and with it, a newly-elected administration…and although there are some familiar faces, there was also some fresh blood on the ballot with this election and I am certainly looking forward to finding out who will be on the PNHS 2011 Board. My first term, 2009, was a great year for PNHS; with the backing of an outstanding cadre of Board Members we made several key changes and worked to bring PNHS more fully into the 21st Century. In the last year, Jenn has raised the bar for me – we have an Expo to host (with the Beanfarm’s help), and have new records for both our yearly garage sale and our yearly Auction to try to beat! I don’t know about you, but I’m VERY excited about the coming year and can’t wait to get back into harness. Your 2011 Board is officially sworn-in at the end of January’s general meeting, so look for the new Board Member contact information in your February Newsletter. We’ll be having a lot of your favorite old stand-bys…monthly speakers and activities, Herps-of-theMonth, fundraisers, a BBQ in the summer…plus possibly a few new things this year, so keep your eyes open and read your newsletter to follow the changes! In the 4 ½ years I’ve been a part of PNHS, we’ve grown hugely in membership; we’ve secured Federal status and legitimacy as a non-profit; we’ve expanded our fundraisers and our Outreach program; we’ve revolutionized our Adoptions program for internet-friendliness (thanks to some energetic and net-savvy Coordinators); our website has matured tremendously (thanks to our webmaster Geoff); newsletters look better than ever; and last but not least, we have introduced a ton of fun new activities to keep PNHS interesting and attract new members. We’ve also worked very hard to get our name out into the community, and our efforts have produced some fantastic results! However, there is still more work to be done to get our mission out into the community and make sure people know who we are, and that we’re available as resource in a variety of ways. One of my main goals for the year – aside from keeping cohesion and providing interesting activities for you, our membership – is to continue to work to increase our exposure in the greater community and online through grass-roots efforts. I have some ideas of what I’d like to do this year, but am always up for suggestions! Have a herp contact who’d be a great guest-speaker? Have a business or contact that could help us increase community exposure? Have an idea for a fun activity? Contact me and let me know! I value everyone’s input and am hoping to work with you to make this another great year for PNHS. Thanks for asking me back, and I really hope to do you proud and make you glad to be a member!

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Cannibal Tadpoles Croak When Attacking Kin Little predators call out while attacking prey by making rapid click noises By Charles Q. Choi, LiveScience Contributor MSNBC, 12/14/10 bรถhringer friedrich, via Wikipedia Commons

When frogs are just teensy tadpoles, they're already croaking like adults, researchers have observed for the first time. They not only croak when attacked, but when they cannibalistically attack members of their own species as well, scientists find. Tadpoles, or pollywogs, are frogs in their young larval stages. They dwell entirely in the water and look somewhat like fish. Frogs are well known for croaking, with each species having its own unique call. Now researchers are discovering that tadpoles can speak up as well (albeit much more softly). Evolutionary biologist Miguel Vences at the Technical University of Braunschweig in Germany investigated the tadpoles of a frog s p e c i e s f r o m w e s t e r n M a d a g a s c a r, Gephyromantis azzurrae, which prefers living in cool, shallow, fast streams. These pollywogs are carnivores, preying not just on insect larvae and shrimp, but also on tadpoles of the same and other species. Vences and his colleagues found these predator tadpoles called out while attacking prey by making rapid clicks, perhaps by snapping the V O LU M E 2 5 , I S S U E 12

Tadpoles, species unknown.

hard sheaths over their jaws together. They called out significantly more often when they were hungry or when attacking tadpoles of the same species. Most animal sounds, such as in birds, frogs and crickets, "are produced in the context of reproduction and therefore by adult animals, usually males," Vences said. "It is very rare that young animals and especially larvae are producing sounds, except maybe in birds, where of course the young are known to chirp as loud as the adults." What are the tadpoles saying? The experiments showed that smaller tadpoles made fewer calls and were less likely than the big guys to use a combination of different call Continued.....



types, suggesting the sound of the clicks might yield clues about the size of the tadpoles making them. They might be used to chase away other members of their own species, the scientists speculated. Their findings will be detailed in an upcoming issue of the journal Naturwissenschaften. [Read about tadpoles with three eyes.]

When it comes to future research into tadpole calls, "we need additional experiments showing that the tadpoles actually hear these sounds and alter their behavior accordingly — that is, they escape when they hear the sounds even if there is no one attacking them, or they become themselves more aggressive when hearing such sounds around them," Vences said.

Max Gross, via Wikipedia Commons

Tadpoles of another Vences suggested that frog species were additional research on also revealed tadpoles could help earlier this year as better understand capable of calling amphibian ecology out — the South and evolution. American horned frog Ceratophrys "In Madagascar, we are ornata. However, realizing only now they mostly how diverse in sounded off when morphology and attacked, emitting feeding modes these brief, clear metallic larvae are, with notes by pushing extremely different oral air out their lungs structures and some of South American Horned Frog, Ceratophrys ornata. when tadpoles of them now apparently their own species attacked them. These distress even with, albeit simple, systems of acoustic calls might prevent the tadpoles from communication," Vences said. The true depth of cannibalizing each other. specialization and competition in frogs, which is "important to explain their extraordinary "I find communication a marvelous thing, in diversity in the tropics, may well take place at nature, modern society, art expressions, this level rather [than] at the level of adults." technological development, and its evolution towards complex adaptive systems," said Article has been shortened from it’s original herpetologist Guillermo Natale at the National version. To read the whole article, go to: http:// University of La Plata at Buenos Aires. He and w w w. m s n b c . m s n . c o m / i d / 4 0 6 6 0 0 1 8 / n s / his colleagues detailed their findings regarding technology_and_science-science/ South American horned frog tadpoles online Feb. 26 in the journal Acta Zoologica.

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Upcoming Outreaches If you're interested in participating in outreaches, it's fast, easy, and painless - contact Dave for more information. Thanks to everyone who volunteers for PNHS! We'd never be able to do it without you....

For information on specific outreaches, please refer to the “Outreaches” subforum on the PNHS forums: , or email Dave: .

Dave Alverson

For information on outreaches, please refer to the PNHS website: OutreachGuidelines

PNHS member Tom shows off a red tailed boa at the Mill Creek Science Night Outreach.




Echo Lake Elementary Shoreline, Wa.

Thursday, January 27th

6:30 pm

Emerald City Reptile Expo Seattle (Lake City), Wa.

Saturday & Sunday March 5th & 6th, 2011

All Day Event, Contact the Outreach Coordinator, Adoptions Coordinator, or President* to volunteer

* Contact information for the Adoptions Coordinator and/or President can be found on page 13 of this Newsletter.

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PNHS Pet of the Month! By Rachel Shirk, PNHS Adoptions Coordinator Steve is a 2 year old ball python. His owner's bought him as a baby but quickly became overwhelmed when he wouldn't eat.  Every month for 2 years, the owners took him back to the pet store where they bought him and the pet store would force feed him.  With a pencil. As you can see in the photo, Steve's head is only about as big as a quarter.  He only weighs 87 grams.   He is so emaciated that his under belly in concave is some places.  He has very little muscle and struggles to keep his head up.  Steve has severe scarring on his At two years old, Steveʼs head is dwarfed by a quarter. esophagus from the metal on the eraser end of the pencil scratching his throat.  He is afraid to eat.  He needs to be fed with a syringe everyday to keep him alive.   After Steve eats, he slithers up my sleeve and hides out for a few minutes.  When he's ready, he sticks his head out and will slowly come out.  I hope that with daily holding and some TLC, he can be adopted out someday.  

D e c e m b e r 2 010 B o a r d M e e t i n g M i n u t e s Present: Saille Schumacher, Brenda Huber, Dale Drexler, Aimee Kenoyer. Guests: Norm Hill, Rachel Shirk, Julie Sharkey, Ariel Spade, Rami Bryson. First topic was coverage of the NL Editor spot (a Board-appointed position) after Emily Johnson’s term is up, in January of 2011. Since no volunteer had stepped up, two options were put before those present for discussion: first, to pay someone from the membership who would be willing to produce the NL for $50/ month; second, to pay a professional to produce the NL for $75/month. A call to the artist who did our ECRE graphics (Amanda Bloom) to get an idea of what we’d be looking at for cost netted us a great deal as well as another side job for Amanda; she’ll be taking over from Emily after January’s edition of the NL. All Board members present voted in favor of hiring Amanda. Second topic of discussion was deterioration of the membership list and records in the recent past. No motions were made or voted on, but it was agreed to have sufficient oversight during 2011 to prevent recurrence. Minutes submitted by: Aimee Kenoyer, PNHS 2011 President V O LU M E 2 5 , I S S U E 12



Animals for Adoption Click the animals’ name to go to their Petfinder page, or go to

#186, Slim, Ball Python

#10-0121-02 Daisy, Ball Python

#258 Indiana, Ball Python

#10-0901-0, Max, Ball Python

#289 Spark, Ball Python

#??? Steve, Savannah Monitor #??? Monte, Boa Constrictor

#323, Dima, Ball Python

Most Recent Petfinder Stats! Total Pet Views: 404 Steve - Savannah Monitor 78 hits Indiana - ball python 40 hits Max - ball python 36 hits Slim - ball python 35 hits

Daisy - ball python 17 hits Dima - ball python 15 hits Spark - ball python 13 hits

Inclusion on this list does not guarantee that the animal will be available this month. Rules governing animal adoptions can be found here: For Turtles & Tortoises, contact Jerry & Julie via email Information regarding Iguanas can be found here:

Are you interested in halfway housing animals or adopting an animal? Contact our adoption chair at the adoption table at the next meeting from 5:30pm to 6:00pm. The application process ends when the main speaker begins!

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P N H S S u g g e s t e d Ve t L i s t The following vets generously discount their services for the Adoption Committee. We would like to thank them for their support and recommend them to our members: A Pet Care Clinic

Eastside Avian & Exotic

Dr. Chris Cannon 23502 56th Ave West Mountlake Terrace, Wa. 98043 425-775-0121

Dr. Johnson-Delaney 13603 100th Ave NE Kirkland, Wa. 98304 425-821-6165 or 888-821-6165

Browns Point Veterinary Clinic

Bird & Exotic Clinic of Seattle

Dr. Liane Sperlich 6720 Eastside Dr. NE #4 Tacoma, Wa. 98422 253-927-1323

Drs. Bennett & Lejnieks 4019 Aurora Avenue Seattle, Wa. 98107 206-783-4538

Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital Dr. Adolf Maas 10137 Main Street #6 Bothell, Wa. 98011 425-486-9000

Kamaka Exotic Animal Veterinary Services Dr. Elizabeth Kamaka 23914 56th Ave W #3 Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043 425-361-2183

Coming Events PNWHS Meetings: 2/20/2011, Speaker: Patrick Viehoever, Field Herping; Herp of the Month: Herps of Asia 3/20/2011, Speaker: TBA; Herp of the Month: Herps of Europe and the Middle East

Upcoming Shows: Portland Metro Reptile Expo: 1/22/2011, Wilsonville, Or. Emerald City Reptile Expo: 3/5 & 3/6/2011, Seattle, Wa. Seattle Metro Reptile Expo: 4/30/2011, Renton, Wa. V O LU M E 2 5 , I S S U E 12


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General Information & Guidelines General Information

Other Donations

The Pacific Northwest Herpetological Society (PNHS) is a non-profit organization registered with the State of Washington. PNHS is dedicated to the education of its members and the public, as well as the conservation, ecology, and captive care and breeding of reptiles and amphibians. The society also takes an active role in legislative and environmental issues affecting these animals and their habitats.

The Adoption Committee receives minimal financial support from the Society, so donations of money, food, cages, and equipment are always needed and appreciated. Please contact the Adoption Chair to make a donation.

Meeting Information PNWHS holds its general meeting on the third Sunday of every month (with exceptions for holidays) at 6:00pm at Highline Community College in Des Moines, Building 12 Room 101. The Board meeting begins at 4:00pm with the Newsletter Committee meeting following at 5:00. Meetings are open to the public, and the society encourages anyone with an interest in herpetology to attend. Please purchase a membership to show your support for the society.

Animal Donations Looking to adopt, release an animal or donate cages and equipment? Please contact the Adoption Committee by e-mail at or leave a voicemail at 206- 583-0686. We will contact you and make arrangements.

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Adoptions To adopt an animal that is in the care of the Committee, you must be present at the meeting, be a current member (of at least one month), and be over 18 years of age or have parental consent. For more details see the web site or contact the Adoption Chair.

Newsletter Information A monthly newsletter absorbs the lion’s share of the price of a PNWHS membership. In order to keep it interesting, we encourage contribution of original articles, book reviews, letters, ads, and cartoons for publication. Items for incorporation into articles are also welcome, though with no guarantee of their use. Submissions may be sent to the Newsletter Committee or to the Society through the contacts listed on the following page.

Editorial Policy The views expressed in this publication are solely the views of the authors and not necessarily the views of the Society, its members, or the Newsletter Committee. The Newsletter Committee reserves the right to edit all submissions including advertisements.


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Contact Information Mail Pacific Northwest Herpetological Society PO Box 66147 Burien, Wa. 98166






Area Representatives by Region Greater Seattle

Need a Volunteer

North King & Snohomish

Deb Alverson


Need a Volunteer

Skagit, Whatcom & Island

Need a Volunteer

South King & Pierce


Dale Drexler


Thurston, Mason, Lewis

Ann Waldo



Need a Volunteer


Elizabeth Freer


Officers for 2010 President

Jennifer Sronce


President Elect

Aimee Kenoyer


Vice President

Dave Alverson



Dale Drexler



Jamie Dome

Membership Secretary

Melissa Kreachbaum

Newsletter Editor

Emily Johnson

Adoptions Chair

Rachel Shirk

Outreach Chair

Dave Alverson

Members At Large

Brenda Huber

Emily Johnson

Heather Rabago

Saille Schumacher


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Geoff Sweet




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PNHS MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION To join PNHS, please print & complete the following application, enclose your yearly or multi-yearly membership fee and return to: PNHS Membership Secretary PO Box 66147 Burien, Wa. 98166 Membership applications and fees may also be received at the monthly meetings by the Membership Secretary. With your yearly or multi-year membership fee you will receive the monthly PNHS newsletter, access to membership pricing for adoption animals, and the opportunity to participate in the many outreaches and events held throughout the year. Please select one of the options below:   

Applying to become a new member Renewing my current membership Changing my name or address

Select your desired membership type: Individual Membership (One person)  1 year $20.00  3 year $50.00

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Please select the format in which you would like to receive your newsletter:  Email (free)  Snail Mail (additional $5) Name(s) (please print clearly): Parent or Guardian (if member is a minor): Address: City: Email Address:


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January 2011 PNHS Newsletter  

Monthly newsletter of the Pacific Northwest Herpetological Society

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