Saturday, September 13, 2008

P ruthveni bibliography

Here is a bibliography of published literature on P. ruthveni and several related subjects that are often cited in P. ruthveni research. I believe that the list is current as of early 2007 but there may be inadvertent omissions or literature that I am unaware of. Most of the journal articles can be found in university libraries, and much of the recent work by John Himes and Craig Rudolph is available online. Some of the earlier works or internal documents may be difficult to access and/or out of print. I encourage people to learn as much about the natural history of these animals as possible, the issues surrounding their conservation as well as the management of longleaf pine forests.

Ashton, R.E.1976. Endangered and threatened amphibians and reptiles of the United States. S.R. Edwards; G.R. Pisani, eds. Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles.

Bowler, K. Audubon Zoo initiates reintroduction program for the Louisiana pine snake.
AZA Communique 6:23.

Bridges, E.L.; Orzell, S.L.1989. Longleaf pine communities of the West Gulf Coastal Plain. Natural Areas Journal 9:246-253.

Boundy, J. 2006.Snakes of Louisiana (I do not yet have a publisher or ISBN for this book).

Carpenter, C.C. 1982. The bullsnake as an excavator. Journal of Herpetology 16:394-401.

Clark, R.F. 1949. Snakes of the Hills of Louisiana. Journal of the the Tennessee Academy of Science 24:244-61.

Collins, J.T.1991. Viewpoint: a new taxonomic argument for some North American amphibians and reptiles. Herpetological Review 22:42-43.

Collins, J.T. 1997. Standard and common and current scientific names for North American Amphibians and Reptiles. 4th ed. Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, Herpetology Circular 19:1-40.

Conant, R. 1956. A review of two rare pine snakes from the gulf coastal plain. American Museum of Natural History Novitates 1781:1-31.

Conant, R. and Collins, J.T. 1991. A Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern and Central North America. 3rd ed. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, MA.

Davis, B.J. 1971. A new size record for the Louisiana pine snake, Pituophis melanoleucus ruthveni. Texas Journal of Science 23:145.

Davis, W.B.; Ramsey, R.R.; Arendale, J.M.1938. Distribution of pocket gophers (Geomys breviceps) in relation to soils. Journal of Mammalology 19:412-418.

Dixon, J.R.1987. Amphibians and Reptiles of Texas. College Station, Texas, Texas A&M University Press.

Dundee, H.A.; Rossman, D.A.1989.The amphibians and reptiles of Louisiana. Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Ealy, M.J.; Fleet, R.R.; Rudolph, D.C.2004. Diel activity patterns of the Louisiana pine snake (Pituophis ruthveni) in eastern Texas. Texas Journal of Science 56(4): 383-394.

Fitch, H.S.1949. Road counts of snakes in western Louisiana. Herpetologica 5:87-89.

Fugler, C.M. 1955. New locality records for the Louisiana pine snake, Pituophis catenifer ruthveni Stull. Herpetologica 11:24.

Henly, G. 1985. Pine snake hatched. AAZPA Newsletter 26:16.

Henly, G. 1987. Significant reptile hatching occurs at the Helen Trout Zoo. AAZPA Newsletter 28:21.

Hicks, M. 1984. Some notes on the Louisiana pine snake. Northern Ohio Association of Herpetologists Notes 11:11-12.

Himes, J.G.1995. Activity patterns, habitat selection, excavation behavior, growth rates and conservation of the Louisiana pine snake (Pituophis melanoleucus ruthveni). Shreveport, Louisiana State University, Master of Science Thesis.

Himes, J.G.2002. Burrowing ecology of the Louisiana pine snake, Pituophis ruthveni (Serpentes: Colubridae). Amphibia Reptilia 22:91-101.

Himes, J.G.; Hardy, L.H.; Rudolph, D.C.; Burgdorf, S.J. 2002. Growth rates and mortality of the Louisiana pine snake (Pituophis ruthveni). Journal of Herpetology 36(4):683-687.

Himes, J.G.; Hardy, L.M.; Rudolph, D.C.; Burgdorf, S.J. 2006.Movement patterns and habitat selection by native and repatriated Louisiana pine snakes (Pituophis ruthveni): implications for conservation. Herpetological Natural History 9(2):103-116.

Himes, J.G.; Hardy, L.M.; Rudolph, D.C.; Burgdorf, S.J. 2006. Body temperature variations of the Louisiana pine snake (Pituophis ruthveni) in a longleaf pine ecosystem. Herpetological Natural History 9(2):117-126.

Jennings, R.D.: Fritts, T.H. 1983. The status of the black pine snake, Pituophis melanoleucus lodingi and the Louisiana pine snake, Pituophis melanoleucus ruthveni. Washington, D.C., United States Fish and Wildlife Service and University of New Mexico Museum of Southwestern Biology.

Komarek, E.V. 1968. Lightning and lightning fires as ecological forces. Proceedings of the Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Conference 8:169-197.

Knight, J.L. 1986.Variation in snout morphology in the North American snake Pituophis melanoleucus (Serpentes: Colubridae). Journal of Herpetology 20:77-79.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. 1990. Special Animals. Baton Rouge, Louisiana Natural Heritage Program.

Martin, W.F.; Huey, R.B. 1971. The function of the epiglottis in sound production (hissing) of Pituophis melanoleucus. Copeia 752-754.

Mitchell, R.W.; Tinkle, D.W.1960. Another Texas record for the Louisiana pine snake, Pituophis melanoleucus ruthveni Stull. Herpetologica 16:143-144.

Platt, W.J.; Evans, G.W.; Rathbun, S.L. 1988. The population dynamics of a long lived conifer (Pinus palistris). American Naturalist 13(1):491-525.

Reichling, S.B. 1986. The endangered pine snakes of the gulf coast: their ecology and husbandry. AAZPA Regional Conference Proceedings 119-125.

Reichling, S.B.1988. Louisiana’s rare and elusive snakes. Louisiana Conservationist 40:12-14.

Reichling, S.B.1988. Reproduction in captive Louisiana pine snakes, Pituophis melanoleucus ruthveni. Herpetological Review 19:77-78.

Reichling, S.B. 1989. Reprodcutive biology and current status of the Louisiana pine snake, Pituophis melanoleucus ruthveni. Proceedings of the 13th Annual International Herpetoloigal Symposium. M.J. Uricheck, ed. Danbury, Connecticut, International Herpetological Symposium, Inc., 95-98.

Reichling, S.B.1990. Reproductive traits of the Louisiana pine snake, Pituophis melanoleucus ruthveni (Serpentes: Colubridae). Southwestern Naturalist 35:221-222.

Reichling, S.B.1992. North American Regional Studbook for the Black pine snake, Pituophis melanoleucus lodingi, and the Louisiana pine snake, Pituophis melanoleucus ruthveni. First edition. Memphis, the Memphis Zoo.

Reichling, S.B. 1992. Rare native snakes reproduce at Memphis Zoo. AAZPA Newsletter 9:13.

Reichling, S.B.1995. The taxonomic status of the Louisiana pine snake, (Pituophis melanoleucus ruthveni) and its relevance to the evolutionary species concept. Journal of Herpetology 29:186-198.

Reichling, S.B. 2000. North American Regional Studbook for the Louisiana pine snake, Pituophis ruthveni. Second Edition. Memphis, the Memphis Zoo.

Rodriguez Robles, J.A.; DeJesus-Escobar, J.M.2000. Molecular systematics of New World gopher, bull and pine snakes (Pituophis: Colubridae), a transcontinental species complex. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 14:35-50.

.Rudolph, D.C.; Conner, R.N.; Parker, M. 1995. Final Report: Radio Telemetry study of Louisiana pine snakes in Louisiana. Agreement No.19-94-059, State of Louisiana.

Rudolph, D.C.; Burgdorf, S.J. 1998. Timber rattlesnakes and Louisiana pine snakes of the west gulf coastal plain: hypothesis of decline. Texas Journal of Science 49:111-112, 1997
Rudolph, D.C.; Burgdorf, S.J.; Tull, J.C.; Ealy, M.; Conner, R.N.: Schaefer, R.R.; Fleet, R.R.; Avoidance of fire by Louisiana pine snakes, Pituophis melanoleucus ruthveni. Herpetological Review 29: 146-148.

Rudolph, D.C.; Burgdorf, S.J.; Conner, R.N.; Collins, C.C.; Saenz, D.; Schaefer, R.R.; Trees, T.; Duran, C.M.; Ealy, M.; Himes, J.G. 2002. Prey handling and diet of Louisiana pine snakes (Pituophis ruthveni) and black pine snakes ( Pituophis melanoleucus lodingi), with comparisons to other selected colubrid snakes. Herpetological Natural History 9(1):57-62.

Rudolph, D.C.; Burgdorf, S.J.; Schaefer, R.R.; Conner, R.N.; Maxey, R.W. 2006. Status of P. ruthveni (Louisiana Pine Snake). Southeastern Naturalist 5(3):463-472.

Seigel, R.A.; Collins, J.T., eds. 1993. Snakes- ecology and behavior. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1993.

Smith, H.M.; Kennedy, J.P. 1951. Pituophis melanoleucus ruthveni in eastern Texas and its bearing on the status of Pituophis catenifer. Herpetologica 7:93-96.

Stull, O.G. 1929. The description of a new subspecies of Pituophis melanoleucus from Louisiana. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology of the University of Michigan 205:1-3.

Stull, O.G. 1940.Variation and relationships in snakes of the genus Pituophis. Bulletin of the United States National Museum No. 175.

Sweet, S.S.; Parker, W.S. 1990. Pituophis melanoleucus. Catalog of American Amphibians and Reptiles 474.1-8.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. 1987. Endangered Species. 31 T.A.C. Section 65.181-65.184.

Thomas, R.A.; Davis, B.J.; Culbertson, M.R.1976. Notes on variation and range of the Louisiana pine snake, Pituophis melanoleucus ruthveni Stull (Reptilia, Serpentes, Colubridae). Journal of Herpetology 10:252-254.

United States Fish and Wildlife Service. 1991. Animals proposed for review. Federal Register 56:58804-58813.

Vandeventer, T.L.; Young, R.A.1989. Rarities of the longleaf: the black and Louisiana pine snakes. Vivarium 1:32-36.

Walker, J.M. 1965. Notes on two rare Louisiana serpents. Herpetologica 21:159-160.

Wiley, E.O.1978. The evolutionary species concept reconsidered. Systematic Zoology 27: 17-26.

Wilks, B.J. 1962. The pine snake in central Texas. Herpetologica 18:108-110.

Williams, A.A.; Cordes, J.E. 1996.Geographic distribution: Pituophis ruthveni. Herpetological Review 27:35.

Young, R.A.; Vandeventer, T.L.1988. Recent observations on the Louisiana pine snake, Pituophis melanoleucus ruthveni (Stull). Bulletin of the Chicago Herpetological Society 23:203-207.

Zappalorti, R.T.; Johnson, E.W.; Leszczynski, L. 1983 The ecology of the northern pine snake (Pituophis melanoleucus), (Daudin) (Reptilia, Serpentes, Colubridae), in southern New Jersey, with special notes on habitat and nesting behavior. Bulletin of the Chicago Herpetological Society 18:57-72.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

some hatchlings

some pictures of various P. ruthveni hatchlings produced in my colony over the past few years. I have tried "harder" over the last two years to get a picture of each hatchling. These are some of my favorites.


2003- the first successful clutch here





2004





2005

2006





2007












...and the males

the other half of the collection...


'99 Vandeventer male (TV1)





'99 Vandeventer male (TV2)


'02 Ginter male (JG3)




'03 male
offspring from TV1 male and TV2 female



'05 male
offspring from JG3 male and TV2 male


'04 male from T. Agosta bloodlines

'06 male
offspring from JG3 male and JG3 female



'06 male from T. Agosta bloodlines


'06 male from T. Agosta bloodlines


'06 male Vandeventer bloodlines
from "chocolate chip" x virgin female pairing













The animals that make up my collection

here are some pictures of the female P. ruthveni that are/were part of my collection. Please excuse the amateur photography! Without helping hands and strong encouragement, it is easiest to get images of them in their enclosures or with the lid off their hide box. They certainly aren't vain enough to hold still for a picture, at least not for me...


'99 Vandeventer female (TV1) My first female. What a thrill to open that box when she arrived.

'99 Vandeventer female (TV2)
'02 Ginter female (JG3)

'02 Ginter female (JG4)

'98 Zoo lineage female (TJ98)
'04 female (TVTJ04)
Zoo lineage female bred to '99 Vandeventer male (TV1)

'06 female Agosta bloodlines (TAf17)




'06 female (DBf09)
Vandeventer female (TV2) bred to Ginter male (JG3)



'06 female (DBf04)
'02 Ginter female (JG3) bred to '02 Ginter male (JG3)



'06 Ginter female (JGf22)






































Sunday, May 18, 2008

stay up, staaaaaay up, staaaaay up

Wow, a blog. I never thought I would do this, considering I didn't even own a TV throughout the 90's. Too many other interesting things to do than sit in front of a box. Welcome to the 21st century I suppose.
I would really like to have a quiet place to talk about and display pictures of my colony of snakes. I have kept snakes since 1994 or '95 and have successfully bred several different species and subspecies- as well as producing several firsts or near firsts of florida kingsnake color morphs ( ghost and white side hypos). Currently I work mainly with the genus Pituophis (as I have since 1999), hence the name of the blog. I keep a collection of Louisiana pinesnakes and I am restarting my collection of northern and black pines. This spring I have also acquired a pair of captive bred eastern indigos. To me they are like bionic Pituophis, and I will try to include them here as well.

OK, let's see how this goes...