The British Herpetological Society

The Herpetological Bulletin is a quarterly publication in English. It includes full-length papers, natural history notes, book reviews, and other items of general herpetological interest. Emphasis is placed on natural history and conservation as well as captive care that includes breeding, husbandry, veterinary, and behavioural aspects.


Issue Number 164 - Summer 2023 Issue Number 164 - Summer 2023


pdf 01. Bioacoustics, breeding ecology and range of the Kerala warty frog Minervarya cf. keralensis from north of the Palghat gap, central Western Ghats

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AUTHORS: AMIT HEGDE & GIRISH KADADEVARU

AbstractMinervarya cf. keralensis has been detected for the first time north of the Palghat gap in the central Western Ghats, a range extension of about 85 km. This species calls and breeds in the post-monsoon period (Jan–March) and exhibits axillary amplexus. Male call characteristics, natural history observations, and distributional complexities are described. Currently, the Minervarya nilagirica group that includes M. keralensis, show a complex distribution pattern in peninsular India that is worthy of further phylogeographic study


pdf 02. A preliminary assessment of chelonian diversity in the montane forests of two areas in northern Vietnam

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AUTHORS: PHAM VAN THONG, OLIVIER LE DUC, BENJAMIN LEPRINCE, CEDRIC BORDES, CHARLOTTE DUCOTTERD, LUU QUANG VINH, SENG RAVOR, TRAN QUANG BAO & LUCA LUISELLI

Abstract - Very little is known of the ecology and distribution of Vietnamese tortoises and freshwater turtles, even though Vietnam is one of the world’s hotspots of chelonian diversity and, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), almost all its species are threatened. We report the diversity of chelonians for two distinct areas of northern Vietnam (in three provinces) characterised by forested hills and mountains, with ponds and streams. We observed ten species in Lang Son/Bac Giang provinces and 11 species in Lao Cai province. Reportedly, the two most frequently recorded species were Pelodiscus sinensis and Cuora mouhotii. Most species were Endangered or Critically Endangered according to IUCN, thus making the protection of the forest habitats of these provinces of crucial relevance for the survival of these species. Reliable records for the almost extinct Rafetus swinhoei were collected, but all of them refer to the end of the 1970s.


pdf 03. A study of individual differences in spatial use of captive sidewinder rattlesnakes Crotalus cerastes

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AUTHORS: JUANITA PARDO-SANCHEZ, ASHLEY TAYLOR, EMILY G. WEIGEL & JOSEPH R. MENDELSON III

Abstract – Many species of vipers are known to use ambush sites repeatedly, a phenomenon presumably informed by chemical cues from prey. Experimentally, we limited chemical cue availability and recorded site selection in five captive-born sidewinders Crotalus cerastes during their first active season. Snakes showed individual differences among the study subjects in spatial movement across the season and repeatedly reused specific sites in their enclosures, suggesting spatial memory and individual differences in choices of resting sites. Individual variability in spatial- and object-use and associated memories suggests attention to such should be considered in developing husbandry routines for these captive individuals.


pdf 04. The distribution of amphibians in the Matese Massif of southern Italy

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AUTHORS: LINO CIRUCCI, LORENZO DE LISIO, MARCO CARAFA, ANGELA PELOSI, GIOVANNI CAPOBIANCO, PASQUALE BUONPANE & MASSIMO CAPULA

 

 


pdf 04a.Supplementary material for 04. The distribution of amphibians in the Matese Massif of southern Italy

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AUTHORS: LINO CIRUCCI, LORENZO DE LISIO, MARCO CARAFA, ANGELA PELOSI, GIOVANNI CAPOBIANCO, PASQUALE BUONPANE & MASSIMO CAPULA


pdf 05. High frequency of hindlimb malformation in froglets Pelophylax sp. in Ukraine

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AUTHORS: ANNA FEDOROVA, ELEONORA PUSTOVALOVA & MYKOLA DROHVALENKO

 


pdf 06. First record of hypopigmentary anomaly in the Moorish gecko Tarentola mauritanica with an overview of the cases reported for wild geckos

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AUTHORS: FRANCESCO PAOLO FARAONE, FILIPPO FARAONE & MATTEO RICCARDO DI NICOLA



pdf 08. Insights into the courtship and copulation of the worm snake Xerotyphlops vermicularis

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AUTHORS: ANGEL DYUGMEDZHIEV, KOSTADIN ANDONOV & GEORGI KRASTEV


pdf 09. New distribution records for the Aesculapian snake Zamenis longissimus in Greek Thrace

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AUTHORS: APOSTOLOS CHRISTOPOULOS, CHRISTOS KOTSELIS, PLATON STEFANOPOULOS & YIANNIS G. ZEVGOLIS


pdf 09a. Supplementary material for 09. New distribution records for the Aesculapian snake Zamenis longissimus in Greek Thrace

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AUTHORS: APOSTOLOS CHRISTOPOULOS, CHRISTOS KOTSELIS, PLATON STEFANOPOULOS & YIANNIS G. ZEVGOLIS


pdf 10. Missing toes in the graphic spiny lizard Sceloporus grammicus from central Mexico

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AUTHORS: CÉSAR A. DÍAZ-MARÍN, TONANTZIN CARMONA-ZAMORA & AURELIO RAMÍREZ-BAUTISTA


pdf 10a. Supplementary material for 10. Missing toes in the graphic spiny lizard Sceloporus grammicus from central Mexico

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AUTHORS: CÉSAR A. DÍAZ-MARÍN, TONANTZIN CARMONA-ZAMORA & AURELIO RAMÍREZ-BAUTISTA


pdf 11. First account of armadillo burrow use by Caiman yacare in Brazil

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AUTHORS: SEAN KEUROGHLIAN-EATON, JOÃO EMÍLIO DE ALMEIDA-JÚNIOR, THOMAZ RICARDO FAVRETO SINANI, ANA ALICE CABRAL, KELVIN YUITI MORI, LAUANY LIMA SERAFIM & DIEGO JOSÉ SANTANA




pdf 14. African Spurred Tortoise Centrochelys sulcata: Range extension to Algeria

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AUTHORS: BELKACEM AIMEN BOULAOUAD, BADIS BAKHOUCHE, BENHAFID FRIEL & DANIEL ESCORIZA




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