Lone Star Field Guide: Snakes of Florida

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There are seventy known species of snakes in Florida, and this comprehensive field guide describes each and every one of them, from the mysterious Brahminy blind snake to the South Florida Rainbow Snake, the rarest snake in North America. Facts on the biology and behavior are given, plus the latest findings on abundance, reproduction, prey and size. In addition, introductory chapters on Florida snake habitats, state and federal regulations with regard to endangered or threatened species, and venom poisoning ...

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Overview

There are seventy known species of snakes in Florida, and this comprehensive field guide describes each and every one of them, from the mysterious Brahminy blind snake to the South Florida Rainbow Snake, the rarest snake in North America. Facts on the biology and behavior are given, plus the latest findings on abundance, reproduction, prey and size. In addition, introductory chapters on Florida snake habitats, state and federal regulations with regard to endangered or threatened species, and venom poisoning provide a more general view of Florida herpetologia. 128 color plates of species, subspecies, and habitats aid in identificaiton.

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The Lakeland Ledger
This is the most comprehensive guide I've run across. The species accounts are more detailed than in some of the guides, and it has the range maps on the same page as the species account, which requires less thumbing back and forth.
— Tom Palmer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589790445
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/15/2003
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Tennant is an award-winning writer, wildlife lecturer, wilderness guide, and herpetologist. He is the author of many books and articles including two volumes on the snakes of North America. The previous edition of Lone Star Field Guide to the Snakes of Florida was a National Outdoor Book Award winner. He lives in Marathon, Texas.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii
Preface xi
Introduction-Paradise Almost Lost 1
Florida Snake Habitats 8
Snakes and the Law: State and Federal Regulations 31
Snake Venom Poisoning 33
Venom Potency 45
Scalation 46
Typhlopidae
Blind Snakes
1 Brahminy Blind Snake, Ramphotyphlops braminus 48
Colubridae
Small Burrowing Snakes
2 Southeastern Crowned Snake, Tantilla coronata 50
3 Peninsula Crowned Snake, Tantilla relicta relicta 52
4 Central Florida Crowned Snake, Tantilla relicta neilli 53
5 Coastal Dunes Crowned Snake, Tantilla relicta pamlica 54
6 Rim Rock Crowned Snake, Tantilla oolitica 56
7 Marsh Brown Snake, Storeria dekayi limnetes 57
8 Florida Brown Snake, Storeria dekayi victa 58
9 Midland Brown Snake, Storeria dekayi wrightorum 59
10 Florida Redbelly Snake, Storeria occipitomaculata obscura 61
11 Rough Earth Snake, Virginia striatula 62
12 Eastern Earth Snake, Virginia valeriae valeriae 63
13 Pine Woods Snake, Rhadinaea flavilata 64
14 Southern Ringneck Snake, Diadophis punctatus punctatus 66
15 Key Ringneck Snake, Diadophis punctatus acricus 67
Garter and Ribbon Snakes
16 Eastern Garter Snake, Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis 68
17 Bluestripe Garter Snake, Thamnophis sirtalis similis 69
18 Eastern Ribbon Snake, Thamnophis sauritus sauritus 71
19 Peninsula Ribbon Snake, Thamnophis sauritus sackenii 72
20 Bluestripe Ribbon Snake, Thamnophis sauritus nitae 73
Aquatic Snakes
21 Redbelly Water Snake, Nerodia erythrogaster erythrogaster 74
22 Yellowbelly Water Snake, Nerodia erythrogaster flavigaster 76
23 Banded Water Snake, Nerodia fasciata fasciata 77
24 Florida Water Snake, Nerodia fasciata pictiventris 79
25 Mississippi Green Water Snake, Nerodia cyclopion 81
26 Florida Green Water Snake, Nerodia floridana 147
27 Brown Water Snake, Nerodia taxispilota 148
28 Midland Water Snake, Nerodia sipedon pleuralis 150
29 Gulf Salt Marsh Snake, Nerodia clarkii clarkii 151
30 Atlantic Salt Marsh Snake, Nerodia clarkii taeniata 152
31 Mangrove Salt Marsh Snake, Nerodia clarkii compressicauda 153
32 Glossy Crayfish Snake, Regina rigida rigida 155
33 Gulf Crayfish Snake, Regina rigida sinicola 156
34 Striped Crayfish Snake, Regina alleni 157
35 Queen Snake, Regina septemvittata 158
36 Eastern Mud Snake, Farancia abacura abacura 159
37 Western Mud Snake, Farancia abacura reinwardtii 161
38 Rainbow Snake, Farancia erytrogramma erytrogramma 162
39 South Florida Rainbow Snake, Farancia erytrogramma seminola 165
40 North Florida Swamp Snake, Seminatrix pygaea pygaea 166
41 South Florida Swamp Snake, Seminatrix pygaea cyclas 167
Green Snakes
42 Rough Green Snake, Opheodrys aestivus 168
Whipsnakes, Racers, and Indigo Snakes
43 Eastern Coachwhip, Masticophis flagellum flagellum 169
44 Brownchin Racer, Coluber constrictor helvigularis 171
45 Southern Black Racer, Coluber constrictor priapus 173
46 Everglades Racer, Coluber constrictor pauldicola 174
47 Eastern Indigo Snake, Drymarchon corais couperi 175
Brown-blotched Terrestrial Snakes
48 Eastern Hognose Snake, Heterodon platirhinos 178
49 Southern Hognose Snake, Heterodon simus 180
50 Black Pine Snake, Pituophis melanoleucas lodingi 182
51 Florida Pine Snake, Pituophis melanoleucus mugitus 184
52 Corn Snake, Elaphe guttata guttata 185
53 Gray Rat Snake, Elaphe obsoleta spiloides 188
54 Yellow Rat Snake, Elaphe obsoleta quadrivittata 190
55 Everglades Rat Snake, Elaphe obsoleta rossalleni 191
56 Short-tailed Snake, Stilosoma extenuatum 192
57 Mole Kingsnake, Lampropeltis calligaster rhombomaculata 194
58 South Florida Mole Kingsnake, Lampropeltis calligaster occipitolineata 195
Large Kingsnakes
59 Eastern Kingsnake, Lampropeltis getula getula 196
60 Florida Kingsnake, Lampropeltis getula floridana 198
Red-and-black-banded Snakes
61 Northern Scarlet Snake, Cemophora coccinea copei 201
62 Florida Scarlet Snake, Cemophora coccinea coccinea 202
63 Scarlet Kingsnake, Lampropeltis triangulum elapsoides 203
Elapidae
Coral Snakes
64 Eastern Coral Snake, Micrurus fulvius fulvius 207
Viperidae
Moccasins
65 Southern Copperhead, Agkistrodon contortrix contortrix 211
66 Eastern Cottonmouth, Agkistrodon piscivorus piscivorus 213
67 Florida Cottonmouth, Agkistrodon piscivorus conanti 214
Rattlesnakes
68 Dusky Pigmy Rattlesnake, Sistrurus miliarius barbouri 217
69 Timber Rattlesnake, Crotalus horridus 219
70 Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, Crotalus adamanteus 222
The Evolution of Snakes 226
Glossary 240
Bibliography 247
Index 266
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