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Thursday, September 19, 2013

CFZ PEOPLE: Introducing the Ghostman

This is Mark Raines. A few weeks before the WW he contacted me on Facebook offering his assistance. He was fantastic at the WW and since then has been piling on sightings reports onto the CFZ Mystery Cat blog, as well as doing other stuff behind the scenes. A passionate animal lover with a houseful of rescued creatures, he also writes rather good poetry.

Welcome to the CFZ family, Mark. It is great to have you aboard.

Table of Contents of Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 7(1) - Special Mexico Issue

Provided by Herpdigest and ZenScienst.com

 Note: All of these articles are open access and available for download at ZenScientist.com
Wilson LD. 2013. Preface Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 7(1): i–ii.
Johnson JD, Porras LW, Schuett GW, Mata-Silva V, Wilson LD. 2013. Dedications. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 7(1): iii–vi.
Wilson LD, Mata-Silva V, Johnson JD. 2013. A conservation reassessment of the reptiles of Mexico based on the EVS measure. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 7(1): 1–47 (e61).
Porras LW, Wilson LD, Schuett GW, Reiserer RS. 2013. A taxonomic reevaluation and conservation assessment of the common cantil,Agkistrodon bilineatus (Squamata: Viperidae): a race against time. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 7(1): 48–73 (e63).
Reiserer RS, Schuett GW, Beck DD. 2013. Taxonomic reassessment and conservation status of the beaded lizard, Heloderma horridum (Squamata: Helodermatidae). Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 7(1): 74–96 (e67).
Wilson LD, Johnson JD, Mata-Silva V. 2013. A conservation reassessment of the amphibians of Mexico based on the EVS measure. Amphibian& Reptile Conservation 7(1): 97–127(e69).
Alvarado-Díaz J, Suazo-Ortuño I, Wilson LD, Medina-Aguilar O. 2013. Patterns of physiographic distribution and conservation status of the herpetofauna of Michoacán, Mexico. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 7(1): 128–170(e71).
Also All previous issues of this journal have also been added to ZenScientist.com:

Herpetological Review 44(3)

Herpetological Review 44(3) Contents:

Acosta-Chaves, Víctor and Jose Andrés Salazar Zuñinga. 2013. Diploglossus monotropis (Costa Rican rainbow striped galliwasp) predation. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 508. [victor.acosta@ucr.ac.cr]

Ahumada-Carrillo, Iván T. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Lepidophyma gaigeae (Gaige's tropical night lizard). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 475.

Angeli, Nicole Frances, Kathryn Auer, Nathan Schwartz, Zeth Westfall, Clayton Pollock, Ian Lundgren and Zandy Hillis-Starr. 2013. Ameiva polops (St. Croix ground lizard) behavior. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 504. [ nangeli@tamu.edu]

Araujo, Samia Caroline Melo, Geandre Dl Lira Sousa and Etielle Barroso De Andrade. 2013. Philodryas nattereri (Paraguay green racer) diet. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 526. [samia_caroline@hotmail.com]

Arbuckle, Kevin. 2013. Folklore husbandry and a philosophical model for the design of captive management regimes. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 448-452. [k.arbuckle@msn.com]

Arcos, Victor Hugo Jimenez, Anibal H. Díaz De La Vega Pérez, Eric Centenero Alcala and Fausto R. Méndez de la Cruz. 2013. Sceloporus aeneus (bunchgrass spiny lizard) diet. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 513. [ vhjimenezarcos@yahoo.com.mx]

Arenas-Monroy, José C. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Sceloporus dugesii (Duges' spiny lizard). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 475.

Arenas-Monroy, José C. and Christian Martin García-Balderas. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Eleutherodactylus guttilatus (spotted chirping frog). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 472.

Aubret, Fabien, Mélodie Tort and Gaélle Blanvillain. 2013. A non-invasive method of measuring heart rates in small reptiles and amphibians. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 421-423. [ faubret@gmail.com]

Augustine, Lauren, Valorie Titus and C. Drew Foster. 2013. Color recognition as a management tool with a female Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 445-447. [ vtitus@wcs.org]

Austin, Gant D. and Thomas A. Sinclair. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Ramphotyphlops braminus (Brahminy blindsnake). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 477.

Babb, Randall D. and Thomas C. Brennan. 2013. Aspidoscelis tigris (tiger whiptail) diet. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 507. [ rbabb@azgfd.gov]

Babb, Randall D. and Thomas C. Brennan. 2013. Colenyx variegatus (western banded gecko) and Rena humilis (western threadsnake) attempted predation. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 507-508. [ rbabb@azgfd.gov]

Backlin, Adam R. and Katerine L. Baumberger. 2013. Rana draytonii (California red-legged frog) unusual death. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 499. [ abacklin@usgs.gov]

Baldvins, Thomas D., Charles M. Oliver, Jennifer M. Howze and Lori L. Smith. 2013. Crotalus horridus (timber rattlesnake) reproduction. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 520. [tom.baldvins@vikings.berry.edu]

Bauer, Aaron M. 2013. Book Review: Australian lizards-a natural history. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 530-531. [ aaron.bauer@villnova.edu]

Baxter-Gilbert, James, Julia L. Riley and Jacqueline D. Litzgus. 2013. Sistrurus catenatus catenatus (eastern massasauga) diet. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 526-527. [jx_baxtergilbert@laurentian.ca]

Beane, Jeffrey C. 2013. New geographic distribution records for reptiles from North Carolina, USA. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 478-481. [ jeff.beane@naturalsciences.org]

Beane, Jeffrey C. and L. Todd Pusser. 2013. Siren lacertina (greater siren) predation. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 492. [ jeff.beane@naturalsciences.org]

Belknap, Katherine. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Ambystoma maculatum (spotted salamander). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 470.

Bernstein, William L. and Reese W. Bernstein. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Hemidactylus turcicus (Mediterranean gecko). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 474.

Blanco-Torres, Argelina, Kathy Navarro-Gutiérrez and Luis Carlos Gutiérrez Moreno. 2013. Colostethus inguinalis (common rocket frog) diet. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 493-494. [ argelinab@gmail.com]

Boon-Hee, Kueh, Chong Kar Wei, Janice Hiew May Lin, Mohd, Nazef Bin Abdul Majid and Danny Chew Tee Wah. 2013. Limnonectes palavanensis (smooth guardian frog) ocular anomaly. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 496-497. [ kbhkelvin@hotmail.com]

Boundy, Jeff. 2013. Book Review: Amphibians and Reptiles of the Carolinas and Virginia, 2nd edition. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 528-529. [ jboundy@wlf.la.gov]

Braun, Michael J., Charles J. Cole, Llewellyn D. Densmore and George C. Gorman. 2013. Obituaries: Celebrating Herbert Clay Dessauer 1921-2013. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 356-361. [ cole@amnh.org]

Briggler, Jeffrey T., Brian L. McKeage, Nicholas M. Girondo and Phillip R. Pitts. 2013. Evaluation of traps to capture eastern hellbenders (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) in deep water habitat. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 423-428. [ jeff.briggler@mdc.mo.gov]

Brown, Jennifer and Jacob Kerby. 2013. Batrochytrium dendrobatidis in South Dakota, USA amphibians. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 457-458. [ jacob.kerby@usd.edu]

Carbajal-Márquez, Rubén A., José C. Arenas-Monroy, Christoph I. Grünwald and Jason M. Jones. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Eleutherodactylus verrucipes (big-eared chirping frog). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 472.

Carbajal-Marquez, Rubén A., Zaira Y. González-Saucedo and Gustavo E. Qunitero-Diaz. 2013. Aspidoscelis gularis (spotted whiptail) predation. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 505. [ redman031@hotmail.com]

Carlino, Piero and Olivier S. G. Pauwels. 2013. Zamenis situla (leopard snake) diet and feeding behavior. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 527. [ piero.carlino@msns.it]

Chepsongol, Roxanne M. and Douglas W. Burkett. 2013. Crotalus viridis (prairie rattlesnake) diet. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 520-521.

Chiavacci, Scott J. and James C. Bednarz. 2013. Pantherophis obsoletus (Texas ratsnake) diet and feeding behavior. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 525. [ schiavacci@gmail.com]

Cintra, Carlos Eduardo D., Helder Lucio Rodrigues Da Silva and Nelson Jorge da Silva Junior. 2013. Scinax ruber predation. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 500. [carlos.e.cintra@gmail.com]

Connior, Matthew B. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Coluber constrictor priapus (southern black racer). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 475.

Connior, Matthew B. 2013. Lampropeltis calligaster calligaster (prairie kingsnake) anthropogenic mortality. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 523. [ mconnior@southark.edu]

Connor, Laurence L., Kenneth L. Krysko and Cathy Knott. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Leiocephaus carinatus (northern curly-tailed lizard). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 474-475.

Cooley, Christopher R., Stacey A. Smith, Carissa J. Geier and Talisa G. Puentes. 2013. The use of photo-identification as a means of identifying western painted turtles (Chrysemys picta bellii) in long-term demographic studies. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 430-432. [ ccooley@regis.edu]

Costa-Campos, Carlos E. and Naziel S. Souza. 2013. Tropidurus hispidus (Peter's lava lizard) saurophagy. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 515-516. [ eduardocampos@unifap.br]

Couto-Ferreira, Danilo, Eduardo Jose Dos Reis Dias and Igor Rios Do Rosario. 2013. Ameivula abaetnesis mating behavior. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 505. [danilocoutoferreira@gmail.com]

Davis, Jackie L. and Darrin M. Welchert. 2013. Pantherophis vulpinus (western fox snake) predation. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 525-526. [ jld24120@ucmo.edu]

De Albuquerque, Ralph Lacerda, Daniel Orsi Laranjeiras, Arielson Dos Santos Protazio, Diego Jose Santana, Ricardo Rodrigues, Daniel Oliveira Mesquita and Frederico Gustavo Rodrigues Franca. 2013. Helicops angulatus (watersnake) diet. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 522-523. [ ralph.la@gmail.com]

De Carvalho, Vinícius T., Rafael de Fraga, Eduardo S. Eler, Ricardo A. Kawashita-Ribeiro, Eliana Feldberg, Richard C. Vogt, Marcos A. De Carvalho, Janaina da C. De Noronha, Luis Henrique Condrati and Shanna Bittencourt. 2013. Toad-headed pitviper Bothrocophias hyoprora (Amaral, 1935) (Serpentes, Viperidae): New records of geographic range in Brazil, hemipenial morphology, and chromosomal characterization. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 410-414. [ viniciustc@ig.com.br]

De Matos, Simone Arruda and Paulo Roberto Melo-Sampaio. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Siphlophis worontzowi (Worontzow's spotted night snake). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 477-478.

Demos, Terrence C., Bernard Agwanda and Edward A. Myers. 2013. Montatheris hindii (Kenya montane viper) diet. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 524-525. [terrencedemos@gmail.com]

Do Rosario, Igor Rios, Vitor Gomes Santarosa, Luiz Eduardo de Oliveira Gomes, Anderson Raimundo Pinheiro Dos Santos, Diego Dias Bugarin and Eduardo José Dos Reis Dias. 2013. Herpetoculture notes: Ameivula abaetensis drinking behavior. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 452-453.

Douglas, Daniel A. and Andrea N. Drayer. 2013. Ambystoma maculatum (spottted salamander) unusual egg entrapment. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 489. [daniel.douglas@eku.edu]

Douglas, Daniel A. and Andrea N. Drayer. 2013. Lithobates sylvaticus (wood frog) egg predation entrapment. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 497. [ daniel.douglas@eku.edu]

Duellman, William E. 2013. Obituaries: In memory of Hobart Muir Smith (1912-2013): from humble beginnings to worldwide recognition. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 365-372. [ duellman@ku.edu]

Elsey, Ruth M. and Javier G. Nevarez. 2013. Alligator mississippensis (American alligator) report of a large fibrosarcoma in a wild alligator. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 503-504. [ relsey@wlf.la.gov]

Elston, Laura M., J. Hardin Waddle, Kenneth G. Rice and H. Franklin Percival. 2013. Co-occurrence of invasive Cuban treefrogs and native treefrogs in PVC pipe refugia. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 406-409. [ waddleh@usgs.gov]

Enge, Kevin. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Ambystoma talpoideum (mole salamander). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 470.

Enge, Kevin M. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Agkistrodon piscivorus conanti (Florida cottonmouth). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 475.

Enge, Kevin M. and Paul E. Moler. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Notophthalums viridescens louisianensis (central newt). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 470.

Evans, Lianne and Lu-anne Spencer-Hartle. 2013. Herpetoculture notes: Crotalus oreganus oreganus (northern Pacific rattlesnake) longevity. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 453.

Feldman, Chris R., Nathan C. Nieto, James B. Bettaso and C. M. Gienger. 2013. Sceloporus uniformis (yellow-backed spiny lizard) diet. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 514. [ophis@unr.edu]

Fernández-Badillo, Leonardo, Nallely Morales-Capellán, Irene Goyenechea and Uriel Hernández-Salinas. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Crotalus intermedius (Mexican small-headed rattlesnake). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 475-476.

Finkler, Michael S. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Hyla versicolor (gray treefrog). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 472.

Finkler, Michael S. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Lithobates catesbeianus (bullfrog). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 472.

Finkler, Michael S. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Chelydra serpentina (snapping turtle). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 473.

Finkler, Michael S. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Trachemys scripta elegans (red-eared slider). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 473.

Flaherty, James P. and Josh Friers. 2013. Apalone ferox (Florida softshell) diet. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 500. [ jflaherty1@my.apsu.edu]

Flaherty, James P., Michael C. Fulbright and C. M. Gienger. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Chelydra serpentina (snapping turtle). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 473.

Flaherty, James P., Michael C. Fulbright and C. M. Gienger. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Chrysemys dorsalis (southern painted turtle). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 473.

Flaherty, James P., Michael C. Fulbright and C. M. Gienger. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Storeria dekayi (Dekay's brownsnake). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 478.

Folt, Brian and David Laurencio. 2013. Agkistrodon contortrix (copperhead) diet. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 517. [ brian.folt@gmail.com]

Foster, Nicole Y., Colleen Conway, Michele Dillashaw, Mary Christensen, Michael Williams, Melissa Antignane Blackmore, Sam Burress, Bethanie Ferguson, Amber Feustel, Chantia Gibson, Cameron Hargrove, Jared Johnston, Wyatt Kerr, Caitlin King, Anna Grace Lowry, Tabitha Manor, Bryce Mashburn, Rachel Melson, Neisha Newton, Kasin Sanders, Agustin Villaneuva, Hella Weber and Jessica White. 2013. Geographic distribution of herpetofauna of Middle Tennessee. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 484-486. [nfoster2@columbiastate.edu]

García, Ernesto Raya and Luis Fernando Martínez García. 2013. Herpetoculture notes: Phrynosoma asio (giant horned lizard) drinking behavior. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 453.

Goldberg, Stephen R. 2013. Phoenicolacerta laevis (Lebanon lizard) reproduction. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 512. [ sgoldberg@whittier.edu]

Goldberg, Stephen R., Kent R. Beaman and Jeanette Arreola. 2013. Plestidon lagunensis (San Lucan skink) reproduction. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 512-513. [sgoldberg@whittier.edu]

Graham, Sean P. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Pseudacris brachyphona (mountain chorus frog). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 472.

Gray, Brian S. 2013. Storeria dekayi (Dekay's brownsnake) diet. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 527. [ brachystoma@hotmail.com]

Hamed, M. Kevin, Matthew J. Gray and Debra L. Miller. 2013. First report of ranavirus in Plethodontid salamanders from the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, Virginia, USA. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 455-457. [ khamed@vhcc.edu]

Harner, Mary J., Jennifer N. Merlino and Greg D. Wright. 2013. Amphibian chytrid fungus in Woodhouse's toads, Plains leopard frogs, and American bullfrogs along the Platte River, Nebraska, USA. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 459-461. [ mharner@cranetrust.org]

Hathcock, Charles D. and Michael Hill. 2013. Pituophis catenifer (gophersnake) diet. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 526. [ chuckhathcock89@gmail.com]

Hecht-Kardasz, Kirsten and Max A. Nickerson. 2013. Cryptobranchus alleganiensis (hellbender) larval diet. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 490. [ kirstenhecht@ufl.edu]

Henríquez, Vladlen and Eli Greenbaum. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Bolitoglossa salvinii (Salvin's mushroom-tongued salamander). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 470.

Hernández-Ruz, Emil José, Elciomar Araujo de Oliveira, Joyce Celerino De Carvalho and Isadora Fernandes De Franca. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Ranitomeya amazonica. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 472-473.

Herr, Mark W. and Sean P. Graham. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Lampropeltis elapsoides (scarlet kingsnake). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 476-477.

Heyer, W. Ronald. 2013. Obituaries: Paulo Emilio Vanzolini 25 April 1924-30 April 2013. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 362-365. [ heyerr@si.edu]

Himes, John G. 2013. Chrysemys picta (painted turtle) and Chelydra serpentina (snapping turtle) commensalism. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 501. [ john.himes@myfwc.com]

Himes, John G. 2013. Terrapene carolina (eastern box turtle) midwinter combat and reproductive behavior. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 502-503. [ john.himes@myfwc.com]

Hoaglund, Erica P. and Christopher E. Smith. 2013. New and updated records of amphibians and reptiles from Minnesota, USA. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 482-483. [christopher.smith@wildlifeRCS.com]

Holbrook, Joshua D., Cameron A. Younge, David P. Young, Jr. and Noah Greenwald. 2013. Nerodia floridana (Florida green watersnake) diet. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 525. [jholbro8@fau.edu]

Hubbs, Brian. 2013. New county records and an update for Kansas and Nebraska, USA. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 481-482. [ tricolorbrian@hotmail.com]

Jahrling, Franziska, Anja Junghanns and Falk Ortlieb. 2013. Zootoca vivipara (common lizard) record weight. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 517. [ franziska.jaehrling@gmail.com]

Johnson, Marie, Sandra M. Tekmen and Mark A. Bee. 2013. Hyla chrysoscelis (Cope's gray treefrog) breeding activity. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 495. [marie.johnson22@gmail.com]

Jones, Cristina A., Joseph F. Banashek, Jarron J. Lucas and Aaron I. Wells. 2013. Coluber (=Masticophis) bilineatus (Sonoran whipsnake) diet. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 518. [cjones@azgfd.gov]

Kamees, Larry and Andrew T. Holycross. 2013. Coluber (=Masticophis) bilineatus (Sonoran whipsnake) mortality. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 519. [ lkkamees@email.uark.edu]

Kissner, Jessica A. and Kerry L. Griffis-Kyle. 2013. Straight from the ungulate's mouth: a technique for protecting data-loggers. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 432-434. [jessica.kissner@ttu.edu]

Koski, Diogo Andrade, Aline P. Valadares Koski, Leonardo Mercon and Yuri Fanchini Messas. 2013. Hemidactylus mabouia (tropical house gecko) predation. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 509. [ diogokoski@yahoo.com.br]

Lamb, Jennifer Y. and Carl P. Qualls. 2013. Eurycea cirrigera (southern two-lined salamander) partial albino larva. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 490. [jennifer.lamb@eagles.usm.edu]

Lamb, Jennifer Y. and Carl P. Qualls. 2013. Necturus beyeri (Gulf Coast waterdog) detection by leaf litter bag. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 491. [ jennifer.lamb@eagles.usm.edu]

Lara-Tufiño, J. Daniel, Aurelio Ramírez-Bautista, Raquel Hernández-Austria and Christian Berriozabal-Islas. 2013. Ficimia streckeri (Tamaulipan hook-nosed snake) reproduction. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 522. [jdanieluah@hotmail. com]

Larson, Krista A., Brian G. Gall and Jeffrey T. Briggler. 2013. The use of gastric transmitters to locate nests and study movement patterns of breeding male Ozark hellbenders (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis bishopi). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 434-439. [ krista.larson@state.mn.us]

Lees, Alexander C, Ian Thompson and Felipe Bittioli R. Gomes. 2013. Hypsiboas cinerascens predation. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 495-496. [ felipebrgomes@yahoo.com.br]

Levis, Nicholas A. 2013. Lithobates sylvaticus (wood frog) unusual mortality. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 497-498. [ nicholas.levis655@topper.wku.edu]

Long, Andrea K. 2013. Sceloporus lundulatus (eastern fence lizard) feeding behavior. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 513-514. [ aklong@ufl.edu]

Luhring, Thomas M., J. Whitfield Gibbons and Parker W. Gibbons. 2013. Siren sp. predation. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 491-492. [ tmlhwb@mail.missouri.edu]

Macias-Rodriguez, Eduardo F., Ana Gatica-Colima and Hector Gadsden. 2013. Crotalus viridis (prairie rattlesnake) reproduction / combat. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 521. [eduamacias@gmail.com]

Marques, Marcio M., Larissa C. Costa and Flavio Mendes. 2013. Scinax cf. arduous (bromeliad frog) predation. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 499-500. [marcioherpetologia@gmail.com]

Mata-Silva, Vicente, Larry David Wilson and Jerry D. Johnson. 2013. Hemidactylus frenatus (common house gecko) predation. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 508-509. [vmata@utep.edu]

McAlpine, Donald F., Gregory F. M. Jongsma, Jane Watts and Eric Knopf. 2013. Hemidactylus scutatum (four-toed salamander) reproduction. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 490-491. [ donald.mcalpine@nbm-mnb.ca]

McCoy, Kristyn and Ximena E. Bernal. 2013. Leptodactylus savagei (South American bullfrog) locomotion and foraging. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 496. [kristyn.mccoy@ttu.edu]

McCranie, James R. and Alexander Gutsche. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Dendropsophus microcephalus (small-headed treefrog; rana trepadora amarilla). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 471.

McCranie, James R. and Alexander Gutsche. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Leptodactylus melanonotus (sabianl frog; ranita de Charco de Dos Espinas). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 472.

McCranie, James R. and Alexander Gutsche. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Coniophanes piceivittis (Cope's black-striped snake; culebra rayada). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 475.

McCranie, James R. and Alexander Gutsche. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Leptophis mexicanus (Mexican parrot snake; ranera Mexicana). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 477.

Medina-Rangel, Guido F. 2013. Norops fuscoauratus (slender anole) predation. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 511-512. [ guidofabianmedina@gmail.com]

Medina-Rangel, Guido F. and Martha L. Calderón. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Bachia guianensis (Guyana bachia). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 474.

Melo-Sampaio, Paulo Roberto, Bruno Luiz Alencar De Souza Melo, Alex Da Silva, Júnior Marcos Lima Maciel, Mariana Nogueira, Simone Matos De Arruda, Larissa Lima, Josimar Costa Da Silva and Lucicléia Matos. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Anolis dissimilis. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 473.

Mendelson, Joseph R., III. 2013. Book Review: Geckos: the animal answer guide. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 529-530. [ jmendelson@zooatlanta.org]

Merlen, Godfrey and Robert A. Thomas. 2013. A Galápagos ectothermic terrestrial snake gambles a potential chilly bath for a protein-rich dish of fish. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 415-417. [ merlenway@gmail.com]

Mitchell, Joseph C. and Lindsay H. Eiser. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Siren lacertina (greater siren). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 471.

Mochida, Koji, Tomohiko Shimada and Shizuka Tsuneki. 2013. Takydromus smaragdinus (green grass lizard) overwinter shelter. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 515. [kj.mochida@gmail.com]

Morato, Sergio Augusto Abrahao, Renato Silveira Bernils, Julio Cesar De Moura-Leite and Magno Vicente Segalla. 2013. Dipsas alternans (Jan's snail-eater, dormideira) defensive behavior. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 521-522. [ smorato@stcp.com.br]

Murphy, James B. 2013. Deadly encounters by and upon crocodilians depicted in historial illustrations and accounts. Part II. Assaults upon crocodilians. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 375-393. [ murphyj@si.edu]

Newman, Donald J., III and James R. Lee. 2013. Lampropeltis nigra (black kingsnake) diet. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 523. [ dnewman@tnc.org]

Nicholson, Abbigail E. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Notophthalums viridescens (eastern newt). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 470.

Nicholson, Abbigail E. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Plestidon laticeps (broad-headed skink). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 475.

Nicholson, Abbigail E. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Lampropeltis triangulum (milksnake). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 477.

Novelli, Iara Alves, Glenda Fernanda Morton, Israel Tadeu Trindade and Fernando Antonio Frieiro-Costa. 2013. Urostrophus vautieri (Brazilian steppe iguana) diet. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 516. [ iaranovelli27@gmail.com]

Pauwels, Olivier S. G. and Renaud Boistel. 2013. Book Review: Les Rainettes du Cameroun (Amphibiens Anoures). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 531-532. [osgpauwels@yahoo.fr]

Philips, John G. and Kirsten E. Nicholson. 2013. Bolitoglossa lignicolor (Camron mushroom-tongue salamander) prehensility. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 489. [ john-phillips@utulsa.edu]

Portik, Daniel M., Elia A. Mulungu, Dalila Sequeira and Jay P. McEntee. 2013. Herpetological surveys of the Serra Jeci and Namuli Massifs, Mozambique, and an annotated checklist of the southern Afromontane Archipelago. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 394-406. [ daniel.portik@berkeley.edu]

Rahman, Shahriar Caesar and A. H. M. Ali Reza. 2013. Fordonia leucobalia (crab-eating snake) diet. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 522. [ caesar_rahman2004@yahoo.com]

Rajao, Henrique, Duarte Barros-Filho, Sergio Costa and Rafael Bessa. 2013. Leposternon microcephalus predation. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 509-510. [ henrique-rajao@puc-rio.br]

Ramesh, Rasika, Adam Lord, Kerry Griffis-Kyle, Gad Perry, Donna Hamilton and Shalika Silva. 2013. Amphibian populations in Brazos River Basin, Texas, show no evidence of Bd infection. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 461-464. [ rzr0030@auburn.edu]

Recchio, Ian and David Lazcano. 2013. Sceloporus lineatulus (Isla Santa Catalina spiny lizard) diet and accidental mortality. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 513. [ian.recchio@lacity.org]

Rhind, David, J. Sean Doody, Rachel Pritchard and Colin McHenry. 2013. Varanus panoptes (yellow-spotted monitor) cannibalism. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 516-517. [darhi@monash.edu.au]

Richter, Stephen C., Andrea N. Drayer, Jennifer R. Strong, Chelsea S. Kross, Debra L. Miller and Matthew J. Gray. 2013. High prevalence of ranavirus infection in permanent constructed wetlands in eastern Kentucky, USA. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 464-466. [ stephen.richter@eku.edu]

Rifai, Lina and Michael S. Finkler. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Storeria dekayi wrightorum (midland brownsnake). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 478.

Rivera, Mariana and Andrew K. Davis. 2013. Evaluating a method for non-destructively obtaining small volumes of blood from gilled amphibians. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 428-430. [ akdavis@uga.edu]

Rocha, Arturo, Vicente Mata-Silva, Jerry D. Johnson and William D. Lukefahr. 2013. Bogertophis subocularis (Trans-Pecos ratsnake) overwintering behavior. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 517-518. [ turyrocha@yahoo.com]

Rodríguez-Canseco, Jesús Mauricio, Matías Domínguez-Laso, Verónica Rosas Espinoza and Alberto Ayon-Escobedo. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Geophis bicolor (Mexican plateau earth snake). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 476.

Rodríguez-Canseco, Jesús Mauricio, Krystal Lucia Gonzalez-Estupinan and Luand Eliud López-Rodriguez. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Drymarchon melanurus (Central American indigo snake). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 476.

Rodríguez-Canseco, Jesús Mauricio and Luand Eliud González-Estupinan. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Anolis nebulosus (clouded anole). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 473-474.

Rodríguez-Canseco, Jesús Mauricio, John Pint, Verónica Rosas Espinoza, Ana Luisa Santiago Pérez, Alberto Ayon-Escobedo and Matías Domínguez-Laso. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Terrapene nelsoni (spotted box turtle). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 473.

Rojas-Rivera, Alejandra, Karen Castillo and Paul David Alfonso Gutierrez-Cardenas. 2013. Bothrocophias campbelli (Campbell's toad-headed pitviper, vibora boca de sapo de Campbell) diet/ophiophagy. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 518. [ alejandra.rojas-rivera@gmail.com]

Root, Shaun T. and Darrell Ahlers. 2013. Lampropeltis splendida (desert kingsnake) diet. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 523-524. [ sroot@usbr.gov]

Rowley, Jodi J. L., Huy Duc Honag, Duong Thi Thuy Le, Vinh Quang Dau, Thy Neang and Trung Tien Cao. 2013. Low prevalence or apparent absence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis infection in amphibians from sites in Vietnam and Cambodia. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 466-469. [ jodi.rowley@austmus.gov.au]

Rubio-Morales, Beatriz, Sandra Fabiola Arias-Balderas, Alfonso Hérnandez-Ríos, Felipe Correa-Sánchez and Eduardo Cid-Méndez. 2013. Herpetoculture notes: Masticophis mentovarius (neotropical whipsnake) reproduction. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 453-454.

Rushton, Emily. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Lampropeltis calligaster occipitolineata (South Florida mole kingsnake). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 476.

Ryan, Mason J., Steven Poe, Ian M. Latella and Julian Davis. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Craugastor laevissimus. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 471.

Ryan, Mason J., Steven Poe, Eric W. Schaad and Alvaro J. Aguilar-Kirigan. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Ameerega hahneli. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 471.

Saenz, Daniel, Josh B. Pierce, James D Childress, Cory K. Adams and April A. Grady. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Anolis (=Norops) sagrei (brown anoles). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 474.

Sales, Raul F. D., Jaqueiuto S. Jorge, Marcelo N. de C. Kokubum and Eliza Freire, M. X. 2013. Leptodeira annulata (banded cat-eyed snake) diet. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 524. [ raulsales17@gmail.com]

Santo-Pereira, Manuela, Frederico Batistella de Oliveira, Carlos Frederico Duarte Rocha and Tcheily Miriele Iapp. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Crossodactylus caramaschii. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 471.

Selman, Will and Al Cherry. 2013. Macrochelys temminckii (alligator snapping turtle) unusual habitat and trap survivability. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 501-502. [wselman@wlf.la.gov]

Servoss, Jeffrey M., Susan Sferra, Thomas R. Jones, Michael J. Sredl and Philip C. Rosen. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Ramphotyphlops braminus (Brahminy blindsnake). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 477.

Shedd, Jackson D. and Jonathan Q. Richmond. 2013. Conserved ontogeny of color pattern leads to the misdiagnosis of Scincid lizards of the Plestidon skiltonianus species complex. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 417-420. [ jackson.shedd@gmail.com]

Singleton, Jennifer M., Jodie Hearlson and R. Brent Thomas. 2013. Escape rates of semi-aquatic turtles from basking and funnel traps. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 442-444. [j.singleton@live.com]

Smith, Christopher E., Jaime Edwards and Jeffrey M. Lorch. 2013. Crotalus horridus (timber rattlesnake) fungal pathogens. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 519-520. [christopher.e.smith@state.mn.us]

Smith, Christopher E. and Myron B. Zimmer. 2013. Herpetoculture notes: Thamnophis radix (Plains gartersnake) reproduction / litter size. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 454.

Smith, Kevin P. W., M. Rockwell Parker and Walter F. Bien. 2013. Anaxyrus fowleri (Fowler's toad) interspecific nest use. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 492-493. [kevinpwsmith@gmail.com]

Solano, Liliana, Javier Sunyer, Kirsten E. Nicholson and Catherine Walton. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Dendropsophus phlebodes (veined tree frog). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 471-472.

Starrett, Bryan L. and Andrew T. Holycross. 2013. Coluber (=Masticophis) bilineatus (Sonoran whipsnake) maximum length. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 519. [bvipers@aol.com]

Steen, David A. 2013. Clemmys guttata (spotted turtle) reproduction. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 501. [ davidasteen@gmail.com]

Strain, Gabriel F., Thomas K. Pauley and James T. Anderson. 2013. Visible implant alphanumeric tag retention in green frog (Lithobates clamitans) tadpoles. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 440-442. [ gstrain54@yahoo.com]

Suson, Bryan. 2013. Crotalus atrox (western diamondback rattlesnake) diet and feeding behavior. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 519. [ bjsuson1@gmail.com]

Thawley, Christopher J., Gail L. McCormick and Sean P. Graham. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Heterodon platirhinos (eastern hog-nosed snake). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 476.

Thawley, Christopher J., Gail L. McCormick and Sean P. Graham. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Opheodrys aestivus (rough green snake). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 477.

Thomas, Robert A., Isaac Wyatt and Seth Wyatt. 2013. Chelydra serpentina (snapping turtle) diet. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 500-501. [ rathomas@loyno.edu]

Toledo, Maysa H. R. and Drausio H. Morais. 2013. Epicta tenellus (Guyana blind snake) predation. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 522. [ maysa_hrtoledo@hotmail.com]

Uriarte-Garzón, Pedro and Uri Omar García-Vázquez. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Geophis dugesii (Duges' earth snake). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 476.

Vasconcelos, Luciana, Ricardo Marques and Moacir Santos Tinoco. 2013. Tropidurus hygomi (Reinhardt's lava lizard) courtship behavior. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 514-515. [lucy.biologica@yahoo.com.br]

Vieira, Rafael Barbosa Da Silva, Rony Peterson Santos Almeida, Igor Rios Do Rosario and Eduardo Jose Dos Reis Dias. 2013. Ameivula abaetensis diet. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 504-505. [ scubavieira@hotmail.com]

Vieira, Rafael Barbosa Da Silva, Igor Rios dos Rosario, Luiz Eduardo De Oliveira and Eduardo Jose Dos Reis Dias. 2013. Tropidurus hygomi predation. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 516. [ scubavieira@hotmail.com]

Villa A., Martín F. and James C. Rorabaugh. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Sceloporus albiventris (western white-bellied spiny lizard). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 475.

Vrcibradic, Davor and Julia Niemeyer. 2013. Mabuya frenata, M. macrorhyncha tail bifurcation. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 510-511. [ davor@centroin.com.br]

Walker, James M., James E. Cordes, Stanley E. Trauth and Glenn J. Manning. 2013. Aspidoscelis neomexicana (New Mexico whiptail) x Aspidoscelis sexlineata viridis (prairie racerunner) duration of hybridization. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 505-507. [ jmwalker@uark.edu]

Williams, John T. and Thomas A. Sinclair. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Tantilla gracilis (flat-headed snake). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 478.

Wolff, Brian G., Eric Wurm and Lisa Tracy. 2013. Pseudacris cruciferi (spring peeper) myiasis. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 498-499. [ wolff017@tc.umn.edu]

Yeager, Justin. 2013. Dendrobatidae and Bufo coniferus defense. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 494. [ jyeager@tulane.edu]

Yousefkhani, Seyyed Saeed Hosseinian, Masoud Yousefi, Eskandar Rastegar-Pouyani and Nasrullah Rastegar-Pouyani. 2013. Lizards from Qeshm Island, Iran. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 486-488. [ mesalina.watsonana@gmail.com]

Zavaleta, Israel Solano, Luis Canseco Márquez and Eric Centenero Alcala. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Celestus ennegrammus (huaxteca lesser galliwasp). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 474.

Zavaleta, Israel Solano, Luis Canseco Márquez, Andrés Alberto Mendoza Hernández and Luis Felipe Vázquez Vega. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Pseudoeurycea cafetalera (coffee grove salamander). Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 470-471.

Zylstra, Erin R. and Michael K. Ward. 2013. Hyla arenicolor (canyon treefrog) habitat use. Herpetological Review. 44 (3): 494-495. [ ezylstra@email.arizona.edu]

Contents compiled by Ruthe Smith Courtesy Zen Scientist and HerpDigest

Cryptozoology on the radio again

On Sunday night’s Morton Through Midnight show the regular cryptozoology feature Morton’s Mystery Creatures focused on that faery dog of Luskentyre Beach.

The traditional stories refer to the footprints of the faery dog being found on Luskentyre Beach and these footprints are not easily mistaken for normal dog prints as they are far bigger than those that the largest of true dogs could leave behind in the wet sand. When the author of all things Hebridean-related, Alasdair Alpin MacGregor, was travelling around the Western Isles in the 1930s researching his book he eventually found himself on the sands at Luskentyre. Recalling the traditional tales of the sightings of the faery dog he proceeded to try and track down a witness and as luck would have it his path soon crossed that of a young man who was herding some cows. Being the investigative bloke that he was Alasdair asked the young man if he had ever heard tales of the faery dog that was said to leave its prints up on the beach. Much to his surprise the young man confirmed that not only had he heard of the tale of the faery dog but that he himself had come across a set of the large canine prints on that lonely beach. He went on to tell Alasdair that while he had never seen anything other than the paw prints he did know of a number of people on Harris whose encounters with the animal had not just been restricted to paw prints but who had both heard and on some occasions actually seen the faery dog. The young cowherd would proceed to show his companion the site where he had come across the footprints in the damp sand and as Alasdair would record in the The ghost book: 

‘This is the bit where myself saw the Cu-Sith’s footprints’ he now told me and in a whisper, lest seal or seabird should overhear. We were very much alone at the time; and I could not but feel my informant was letting me into a secret not to be divulged. Perhaps, he was warning me, lest one tarried too late by this haunted shore land.'

Perhaps the young man suspected the beach itself had a sentient presence of its own, perhaps recalling the fate of the greedy man and his boat-load of gold or perhaps he was just recalling the threat the faery dog held, and as the old tales of this beach confirmed it wasn’t only the third bark of the Cu sith that you had to fear for it was told that those who stepped into the tread of those large otherworldly paw prints and followed their course would be driven to madness. So if you do happen to come across a set of mysterious paw prints on the beach think twice before stepping in them and if you choose to, don’t say you haven’t been warned.

You can listen to this show on the following link morton through midnight  it is 1 hour 30 minutes into the show.


The hunt for British Big Cats attracts far more newspaper-column inches than any other cryptozoological subject. There are so many of them now that we feel that they should be archived by us in some way, so we are publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in. In September 2012 Emma Osborne decided that the Mystery Cat Study Group really deserved a blog of its own within the CFZ Blog


In an article for the first edition of Cryptozoology Bernard Heuvelmans wrote that cryptozoology is the study of 'unexpected animals' and following on from that perfectly reasonable assertion, it seems to us that whereas the study of out-of-place birds may not have the glamour of the hunt for bigfoot or lake monsters, it is still a perfectly valid area for the Fortean zoologist to be interested in. So after about six months of regular postings on the main bloggo Corinna took the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.


The Gonzo Daily - Tuesday
Yesterday was not a nice one: I slept through most of it (thank goodness) but am feeling considerably better this morning, although I am still parcialmente non functione. It is the full moon; the word 'LUNATIC' is not just because of an old wives tail. I am also having email problems. If you have tried to email me this week and had it bounce back, could you please try contacting me on Facebook, or alternatively try corinna@cfz.org.uk. I have no idea what has caused this, but doubt whether it is the full moon as far as my ISP is concerned. I am waiting for the technical support fellows to get back to me....
Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet.
Today's Track of the Day is by Fairport Convention
*  The Gonzo Daily is a two-way process. If you have any news or want to write for us, please contact me at  jon@eclipse.co.uk. If you are an artist and want to showcase your work or even just say hello,  please write to me at gonzo@cfz.org.uk. Please copy, paste and spread the word about this magazine as widely as possible. We need people to read us in order to grow, and as soon as it is viable we shall be invading more traditional magaziney areas. Join in the fun, spread the word, and maybe if we all chant loud enough we CAN stop it raining. See you tomorrow....

*  The Gonzo Daily is - as the name implies - a daily online magazine (mostly) about artists connected to the Gonzo Multimedia group of companies. But it also has other stuff as and when the editor feels like it. The same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link:
* We should probably mention here that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!

*  Jon Downes, the editor of all these ventures (and several others) is an old hippy of 54 who, together with his orange cat (who is currently on sick leave in Staffordshire) and two very small kittens (one of whom is also orange), puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon, which he shares with various fish, and sometimes a small Indian frog. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus... did we mention the orange cat?


Oll is away, so for todayYesterday's News Today is done by Wally the Comedy Rhinoceros. He is a stand up comedian of some renown. Here is one of his rhino-related jokes.

 Knock Knock! 
Who's there? 
Rhino who? 
Rhino you are in, now open up!

Ha Ha that was funny. Sidesplitting. Yes. Ha!

Now for the news...

  • Animal rights campaigner Joan Court, 94, goes on '...
  • Watch out for this rare wasp spider at the RSPB La...
  • Biting back: Taking the sting out of spider venom
  • New survey shows Iranian cheetahs edging towards e...
  • MoD defends decision to put down 'William' guard d...
  • Iron age horse found as Norway glacier melts
  • Rare whale strands on St Kilda
  • Genomes of big cats revealed

  • And now for a happy tune that you can whistle while you work: