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Reprints or photocopies of papers listed
below are available upon request to
plummer@harding.edu.



Some papers are available as PDFs.

 

 

 

 

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Figure. - A female Trionyx muticus fitted with a homemade 27 MHz  

transmitter (circa 1973).  Despite the huge battery, the expected

 life of this transmitter package was only about 35 days

 

1.    Plummer, M.V. and H.W. Shirer. 1975. Movement patterns in a river population of the softshell turtle, Trionyx muticus. University of Kansas Museum of Natural History Occasional Papers 43:1-26. (PDF)

2.    Fitch, H.S. and M.V. Plummer. 1975. A preliminary ecological study of the soft-shelled turtle, Trionyx muticus, in the Kansas River. Israel Journal of Zoology 24:1-15.

3.    Plummer, M.V. 1976. Reproduction and growth in the turtle, Trionyx muticus. Herpetological Review 7:96.

4.    Plummer, M.V. 1976. Some aspects of nesting success in the turtle, Trionyx muticus. Herpetologica 32:353-359. (PDF)

5.    Plummer, M.V. 1977. Vertebrates. In, Dept. of Biology, Harding College. An inventory of plants and animals found on the site of a proposed LP-gas storage cavern, Bald Knob, White Co. Arkansas. Report submitted to Blackwood Associates, Little Rock.

6.    Plummer, M.V. 1977. Predation by black rat snakes in bank swallow colonies. Southwestern Naturalist 22:147-148. (PDF)

7.    Plummer, M.V. 1977. Notes on the courtship and mating behavior of the softshell turtle, Trionyx muticus (Reptilia, Testudines, Trionychidae). Journal of Herpetology 11:90-92. (PDF)

8.    Plummer, M.V. 1977. Activity, habitat, and population structure of the turtle, Trionyx muticus. Copeia 1977:431-440. (PDF)

9.    Plummer, M.V. 1977. Reproduction and growth in the turtle, Trionyx muticus. Copeia 1977:440-447. (PDF)

10.    Plummer, M.V. 1977. Geographic distribution: Rana areolata circulosa. Herpetological Review 8:38.

11.    Plummer, M.V. 1977. Geographic distribution: Scaphiopus holbrooki hurteri. Herpetological Review 8:39.

12.    Plummer, M.V. 1977. Observations on breeding migrations of Ambystoma texanum. Herpetological Review 8:79-80.

13.    Plummer, M.V. 1977. Yucatan herps: A neophyte's view. Arkansas Herpetological Society Newsletter 1:3-4.

14.    Plummer, M.V. 1977. Activity, habitat, and population structure of the turtle, Trionyx muticus. Herpetological Review 8(supplement):15.

15.    Plummer, M.V. 1979. Collecting and marking turtles. Pp. 45-60, In M. Harless and H. Morlock (eds.), Turtles:   Perspectives and Research. Wiley-Interscience. New York. (PDF)

16.    Plummer, M.V. and J.C. Godwin. 1979. Geographic distribution: Rana sylvatica. Herpetological Review 10:23.
 

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posture on the tip of an alder branch

 

17.    Plummer, M.V. 1980. Ventral scute anomalies in a population of Opheodrys aestivus. Journal of Herpetology 14:199. (PDF)

18.    Plummer, M.V. 1980. Geographic distribution: Regina septemvittata. Herpetological Review 11:81.

19.    Plummer, M.V. 1981. Communal nesting of Opheodrys aestivus in the laboratory. Copeia 1981:243-246. (PDF)

20.    Plummer, M.V. and D.B. Farrar. 1981. Sexual dietary differences in a population of Trionyx muticus. Journal of Herpetology 15:175-179. (PDF)

21.    Plummer, M.V. 1981. Habitat utilization, diet and movements of a temperate arboreal snake, Opheodrys aestivus. Journal of Herpetology 15:425-432. (PDF)

22.    Dove, L.B., D.A. Baeyens, and M.V. Plummer. 1982. Evaporative water loss in Opheodrys aestivus (Colubridae). Southwestern Naturalist 27:228-230. (PDF)

23.    Plummer, M.V. and G. Turnipseed. 1982. Geographic distribution: Scaphiopus bombifrons. Herpetological Review 13:80.

24.    Plummer, M.V. 1982. The status of the Caddo Mountain and Fourche Mountain salamanders (Plethodon caddoensis, P. fourchensis) in Arkansas. Report submitted to the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission. Little Rock. (PDF)

25.    Plummer, M.V. 1983. Annual variation in stored lipids and reproduction in green snakes (Opheodrys aestivus). Copeia 1983:741-745. (PDF)

26.    Plummer, M.V. 1984. Female reproduction in an Arkansas population of rough green snakes (Opheodrys aestivus). Pp. 105-113, In R.A. Seigel, L.E. Hunt, J.L. Knight, L. Malaret, and N.L. Zuschlag (editors), Vertebrate Ecology and Systematics: A Tribute to Henry S. Fitch. University of Kansas Museum of Natural History Special Publication Number 10.

27.    Plummer, M.V. and J.M. Goy. 1984. Ontogenetic dietary shift of water snakes (Nerodia rhombifera) in a fish hatchery. Copeia 1984:550-552. (PDF)

28.    McDaniel, R.C., W.A. Grunow,  J.J. Daly, and M.V. Plummer. 1984. Serum chemistry of the diamond-backed water snake (Nerodia rhombifera rhombifera) in Arkansas. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 20:44-46.

29.    Korfmacher, W.A., K.R. Rowland, R.K. Mitchum, J.J. Daly, R.C. McDaniel, and M.V. Plummer. 1984. Analysis of snake tissue and snake eggs for 2,3,7,8-tetrachloro-di-benzo-p-dioxin via fused silica GC combined with atmospheric pressure ionization MS. Chemosphere 13:1229-1233.

30.    Plummer, M.V. 1985. Growth and maturity in green snakes (Opheodrys aestivus). Herpetologica 41:28-33. (PDF)

31.    Jacob, J.S.,  J.J. Greenhaw,  J.M. Goy, and M.V.  Plummer. 1985. Pectoral glands of Scaphiopus and Megophrys. Journal of Herpetology 19:419-420. (PDF)

32.    Plummer, M.V. 1985. Arkansas turtles. Arkansas Game and Fish Magazine 16:13-20. (PDF)

33.    Plummer, M.V. 1985. Demography of green snakes (Opheodrys aestivus). Herpetologica 41:373-381. (PDF)

 

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- the well defined middle stratum of Alnus (alder) is preferred.
 

34.    Plummer, M.V. 1987. Geographic variation in body size of green snakes (Opheodrys aestivus). Copeia 1987:483-485. (PDF)

35.    Parker, W.S. and M.V. Plummer. 1987. Population ecology. Pp. 253-301, In R.A. Seigel, J.T. Collins, and S.S. Novak (editors), Snakes: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Macmillan Publishing Co. New York.

36.    McDaniel, R.C., W.A. Grunow, J.J. Daly, and M.V. Plummer. 1987. Thrombocyte phagocytosis in a yellowbellied water snake (Nerodia erythrogaster flavigaster). Transactions of the American Microscopical Society 106:273-276.

37.    Daly, J.J., W.A. Korfmacher, A. Perkins, S. Yaich, R.K. Mitchum, R.C. McDaniel, K.R. Rowland, and M.V. Plummer. 1987. Dioxin content of wildlife from the vicinity of Jacksonville, Arkansas. Wildlife Diseases Association Conference. University of Nebraska, Lincoln. (abstract)

38.    Congdon, J.D., M.E. Seidel, I.R. Swingland, and M.V. Plummer. 1987. An assessment of the sufficiency and accuracy of available data regarding the status of the flattened musk turtle (Sternotherus depressus). Report submitted to the Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of Interior, Washington.

39.    Plummer, M.V. and H.L. Snell. 1988. Nest site selection and water relations of the eggs in the snake, Opheodrys aestivus. Copeia 1988:58-64. (PDF)

40.    Plummer, M.V. 1989. Observations on the nesting ecology of green snakes, Opheodrys aestivus. Herpetological Review 20:87-89.
 

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hickory  tree for the purpose of nesting.  This site had been used by nesting Opheodrys for

at least three previous years as judged by the old eggshells found within the hollow.

 

41.    Plummer, M.V. 1990. (review of) Ernst, C.H. and R.W. Barbour. 1989. Snakes of Eastern North America. Copeia 1990:253-255. (PDF)

42.    Plummer, M.V. 1990. Nesting movements, nesting behavior, and nest sites of green snakes (Opheodrys aestivus) revealed by radiotelemetry. Herpetologica 46:190-195. (PDF)

43.    Plummer, M.V. 1990. High predation on green snakes, Opheodrys aestivus. Journal of Herpetology 24: 327-328. (PDF)

44.    Aldridge, R.D., J.J. Greenhaw, and M.V. Plummer. 1990. The male reproductive cycle of the rough green snake (Opheodrys aestivus). Amphibia-Reptilia 11:165-172.

45.    Plummer, M.V. 1991. Patterns of feces production in free-living green snakes, Opheodrys aestivus. Journal of Herpetology 25:222-226. (PDF)

46.    Plummer, M.V. and J.D. Congdon. 1992. Life history: Coluber constrictor. predation. Herpetological Review 23:80-81.

47.    Plummer, M.V. and J.D. White. 1992. Geographic distribution: Rana areolata circulosa. Herpetological Review 23:87.

48.    Plummer, M.V. and B.A. Dye. 1992. Geographic distribution: Ambystoma talpoideum. Herpetological Review 23:84.

49.    Plummer, M.V. 1992. The relationships among mothers, litters, and neonates in diamondback water snakes (Nerodia rhombifera). Copeia 1992:1096-1098. (PDF)

50.    Plummer, M.V. 1993. Thermal ecology of arboreal green snakes (Opheodrys aestivus). Journal of Herpetology 27:254-260. (PDF)

51.    Plummer, M.V. 1993. (review of) Campbell, J. A. and E. D. Brodie, Jr. 1992. Biology of the Pitvipers. Copeia 1993:1191-1193. (PDF)

52.    Plummer, M.V. and J.D. Congdon. 1994. Radiotelemetric study of activity and movements of racers (Coluber constrictor) associated with a Carolina bay in South Carolina. Copeia 1994:20-26. (PDF)

53.    Plummer, M.V., C.E. Shadrix, and R.C. Cox. 1994. Thermal limits of incubation in embryos of softshell turtles (Apalone mutica). Chelonian Conservation and Biology 1:141-144. (PDF)

54.    Slade, J.H., W.B. Arnold, and M.V. Plummer, M.V. 1994. Efficiencies of digestion and assimilation in the gecko Hemidactylus turcicus. Journal of Herpetology 28:513-514. (PDF)

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Figure. - Copulating Heterodon platirhinos

The male is death-feigning.

 

55.    Plummer, M.V. and N.E. Mills. 1996. Observations on trailing and mating behaviors in hognose snakes (Heterodon platirhinos). Journal of Herpetology 30:80-82. (PDF)

56.    Plummer, M.V. and J.D. Congdon. 1996. Rates of metabolism and water flux in free-ranging racers, Coluber constrictor. Copeia 1996:8-14. (PDF)

57.    Plummer, M.V. 1996. Heterodon platirhinos. defensive behavior. Herpetological Review 27:24.

58.    Plummer, M.V. 1996. Heterodon platirhinos. mortality. Herpetological Review 27:146.

59.    Plummer, M.V. 1997. Speed and endurance of gravid and non-gravid green snakes, Opheodrys aestivus. Copeia 1997:191-194. (PDF)

60.    Plummer, M.V. and J.W. Goy. 1997. Sternotherus odoratus. mortality. Herpetological Review 28:88.

 

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Figure. - Can you believe this killer clam?

 

Figure. - This remarkable photograph of the extruded mantle (with eyespot) of a pocketbook mussel (Lampsilis subangulata) renders the killer clam photo on the right a little easier to believe.

 

 

61.    Plummer, M.V. 1997. Population ecology of green snakes (Opheodrys aestivus) revisited. Herpetological Monographs 11:102-123. (PDF)

62.    Plummer, M.V. and J.C. Burnley. 1997. Behavior, hibernacula, and thermal relations of softshell turtles (Trionyx spiniferus) overwintering in a small stream. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 2:489-493. (PDF)

63.    Plummer, M.V., N.E. Mills, and S.L. Allen. 1997. Activity, habitat, and patterns of movement of softshell turtles (Trionyx spiniferus) in a small stream. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 2:514-520. (PDF)

64.    Carlyle, J.C., D.E. Sanders, and M.V. Plummer. 1998. Eurycea lucifuga. reproduction. Herpetological Review 29:37-38. (PDF)

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Creek, Arkansas.  The hands belong to Nathan Mills.

65.    Plummer, M. 1998. The turtle and the clam. Annals of Improbable Research 4:9.

66.    Ransom, R.E. and M.V. Plummer. 1999. Cnemidophorus sexlineatus. activity. Herpetological Review 30:96-97.

67.    Plummer, M.V.  2000. Ecological aspects of shedding in free-ranging hognose snakes (Heterodon platirhinos). Herpetological Natural History 7:91-94.  

68.    Plummer, M.V. 2000. Crotalus scutulatus. thermal stress. Herpetological Review 31:104-105.

69.    Plummer, M.V. and N.E. Mills. 2000. Spatial ecology and survivorship of resident and translocated hognose snakes (Heterodon platirhinos). Journal of Herpetology 34:565-575. (PDF)

70.    Walley, H.D. and M.V. Plummer. 2000. Opheodrys aestivus. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles:718.1-718.14.

71.    Plummer, M.V. 2001. Trionyx muticus. foraging. Herpetological Review 32:250.

72.    Plummer, M.V. 2002. Observations on hibernacula and overwintering ecology of eastern hognose snakes (Heterodon platirhinos). Herpetological Review 33:89-90. (PDF)

73.    Nagle, R.D., M.V. Plummer, J.D. Congdon, and R.U. Fischer. 2003. Parental investment, embryo growth, and hatchling lipid reserves in softshell turtles (Apalone mutica) from Arkansas. Herpetologica 59:145-154. (PDF)

74.    Plummer, M.V., B. K. Williams, M.M. Skiver, and J.C. Carlyle. 2003. Effects of dehydration on the critical thermal maximum of the desert box turtle (Terrapene ornata luteola). Journal of Herpetology 37:747-750. (PDF)

75.    Plummer, M.V. 2003. Activity and thermal ecology of the box turtle, Terrapene ornata, at its southwestern range limit in Arizona.  Chelonian Conservation and Biology 4:569-577. (PDF)

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76.    Trauth, S.E., H.R. Robinson, and M.V. Plummer. 2004. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Arkansas. University of Arkansas Press.

77.    Plummer, M. V. 2004. Seasonal inactivity of the desert box turtle, Terrapene ornata luteola, at the species' southwestern range limit in Arizona. Journal of Herpetology 38:589-593. (PDF)

78.    Plummer, M.V. and D.F. McKenzie. 2004. Geographic distribution: Pseudacris triseriata. Herpetological Review 35:406.

79.    Plummer, M.V. and D.F. McKenzie. 2004. Geographic distribution: Regina rigida sinicola. Herpetological Review 35:412.

80.    Plummer, M.V. and D.F. McKenzie. 2004. Geographic distribution: Eumeces fasciatus. Herpetological Review 35:408.

81.    Plummer, M.V., and D.F. McKenzie. 2005. Geographic distribution: Pseudacris crucifer. Herpetological Review 36:77.

82.    Plummer, M.V., and D.F. McKenzie. 2005. Geographic distribution: Acris crepitans. Herpetological Review 36:73.

83.    Plummer, M.V., and J. Shaver. 2005. Geographic distribution: Opheodrys aestivus. Herpetological Review 36:339.

84.    Plummer, M.V., T.L. Crabill, N.E. Mills, and S.L. Allen. 2005. Body temperatures of free-ranging softshell turtles (Apalone spinifera) in a small stream. Herpetological Review 36:371-375. (PDF)

85.    Plummer, M.V., and D.F. McKenzie. 2006. Geographic distribution: Ambystoma opacum. Herpetological Review 37:97.

86.    Plummer, M.V., and N.E. Mills. 2006. Heterodon platirhinos. road crossing behavior. Herpetological Review 37:352. (PDF)

87.    Plummer, M.V. 2007. Nest emergence of smooth softshell turtle (Apalone mutica) hatchlings. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 2:61-64. (PDF)

88.    Lee, T.N., M.V. Plummer, and N.E. Mills. 2007. Utilization of posthatching yolk and external forage to maximize early growth in Apalone mutica hatchlings.  Journal of Herpetology 41:492-500. (PDF)

89.    Plummer, M.V. 2008. A notching system for marking softshell turtles. Herpetological Review 39:64-65. (PDF)

90.    Plummer, M.V., and D.F. McKenzie. 2008. Geographic distribution: Notopthalmus viridescens. Herpetological Review  39:104.

91.    Plummer, M.V., S. G. Johnson, and J. R. Johnson. 2008. Geographic distribution: Amphiuma tridactylum. Herpetological Review  39:103.

92.    Plummer, M.V., T.N. Lee, and N.E. Mills. 2008. The effect of a sand substrate on the growth and condition of Apalone mutica hatchlings. Journal of Herpetology 42:550-554. (PDF)

93.    Plummer, M.V., D.G. Krementz, L.A. Powell, and N.E. Mills. 2008. Effects of habitat disturbance on survival rates of softshell turtles (Apalone spinifera) in an urban stream. Journal of Herpetology 42:555-563. (PDF)

Figure. - Gin Creek habitat disturbance

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95.    Plummer, M.V. 2009. Victims in the honeysuckle. Pp. 149-154, In J.K. Reaser (Ed.), Courting the Wild: Love Affairs with Reptiles and Amphibians. ESI Institute, Hiraeth Press.

96.    Plummer, M.V., and S.E. Trauth. 2009. The structure of Rathke's glands in the softshell turtles Apalone mutica and A. spinifera. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 4:207-220. (PDF)

97.    Greene, H. W., W. E. Duellman, M. V. Plummer, R. W. Henderson,  D. M. Hillis, R. A. Seigel, R. B. Huey, and G. R. Pisani. 2009. Henry S. Fitch (1909-2009): Field notes on a wonderful life. Herpetological Review 40:393-400. (PDF)

98.    Plummer, M.V., and J.S. Doody. 2010. Terrestrial burrowing in nesting softshell turtles (Apalone mutica and A. spinifera).  Reptiles and Amphibians, Conservation and Natural History 17:79-81. (PDF)

99.    Plummer, M. V., and N. E. Mills. 2010. Body temperature variation in free-ranging Hognose Snakes (Heterodon  platirhinos). Journal of Herpetology 44:471-474. (PDF)

100.  Plummer, M.V. 2010. Habitat use and movements of kingsnakes (Lampropeltis getula holbrooki) in a partially abandoned and reforested agricultural landscape. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 5:214-222. (PDF)

101.  Plummer, M.V., and M. Pappas. 2010. Le Trionyx mutique, Apalone mutica. Chéloniens 18:8-15. (PDF)

102.  Van Dyke, J.U., M.V. Plummer, and S.J. Beaupre. 2011. Residual yolk energetics and postnatal shell growth in Smooth Softshell Turtles, Apalone mutica. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology 158:37-46. (PDF)

103.  Plummer, M. V. 2011. Review of: Gibbons, J.W., and J. Greene. 2009. Turtles: The Animal Answer Guide. Southeastern Biology 58:90-91. (PDF)

104.  Plummer, M.V., and J.W. Ferner. 2012. Marking reptiles. Pp. 143-150, In R.W. McDiarmid, M.S. Foster, C. Guyer, J.W. Gibbons, and N. Chernoff (Eds.), Reptile Biodiversity: Standard Methods for Inventory and Monitoring. University of California Press. (PDF)

105.  Steen, D.A., J.P. Gibbs, K. A. Buhlmann, J.L. Carr, B.W. Compton, J.D. Congdon, J.S. Doody, J.C. Godwin, K.L. Holcomb, D.R. Jackson, F.J. Janzen, G. Johnson, M.T. Jones, J.T. Lamer, T.A. Langen, M.V. Plummer, J.W. Rowe, R.A. Saumure, J.K. Tucker, and D.S. Wilson. 2012. Terrestrial habitat requirements of nesting freshwater turtles. Biological Conservation 150:121-128. (PDF)

106.  Wilhelm, C. E., and M. V. Plummer. 2012. Diet of radiotracked Musk Turtles, Sternotherus odoratus, in a small urban stream. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 7:258-264. (PDF)

107.  McAllister, C. T., S. E. Trauth and M. V. Plummer. 2013. A new host record for Mesocestoides sp. (Cestoidea: Cyclophyllidea: Mesocestoididae) from a Rough Green Snake, Opheodrys aestivus (Ophidia: Colubridae), in Arkansas, U.S.A. Comparative Parasitology 80:130-133. (PDF)

108.  Ghaffari, H., M.V. Plummer, B. S. Mahroo, M. Karami., F. Ahmadzadeh, and D. Rödder. 2013. Notes on a nest and emergence of hatchlings of the Euphrates Softshell Turtle (Rafetus euphraticus) at the Dez River, Iran. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 12:319-323. (PDF)

109.  Trauth, S.E., and M.V. Plummer. 2013. Comparative histology, histochemistry, and ultrastructure of Rathke’s Glands in hatchlings of two species of North American Box Turtles (Terrapene carolina and T. ornata). Chelonian Conservation and Biology 12:268-274. (PDF)

110. Ghaffari, H., F. Ihlow, M.V. Plummer, M. Karami, N. Khorasani, B.S. Mahroo, and D. Rödder. Home range and habitat selection of the endangered Euphrates Softshell Turtle Rafetus euphraticus (DAUDIN, 1802) in a fragmented habitat in southwestern Iran. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. In Press

111. Plummer, M. V. Spatial relationships of the Desert Box Turtle (Terrapene ornata luteola) captured at a stock tank in southeastern Arizona. Herpetological Conservation and Biology. In Press

112.  What’s in the mill?

 

Figure. - Childhood Opheodrys memories

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