The New Encyclopedia of Snakes

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Comprehensive, up-to-date, and richly illustrated with some 200 color photographs, The New Encyclopedia of Snakes is the best single-volume reference on snakes. A thorough revision of the highly successful Encyclopedia of Snakes, Chris Mattison's new book is the only one of its kind to deal in detail with snakes from around the world. Addressing the natural history of snakes and their relationship with each other and with other groups of animals, the book incorporates new information on snake biology and ...

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Overview

Comprehensive, up-to-date, and richly illustrated with some 200 color photographs, The New Encyclopedia of Snakes is the best single-volume reference on snakes. A thorough revision of the highly successful Encyclopedia of Snakes, Chris Mattison's new book is the only one of its kind to deal in detail with snakes from around the world. Addressing the natural history of snakes and their relationship with each other and with other groups of animals, the book incorporates new information on snake biology and classification and includes a complete list of every family and genus, with notes on each. Throughout, photographs show the fascinating variety of snake coloration and camouflage, and illustrate and clarify the many topics covered.

Organized thematically, the book addresses the origin and evolution of snakes; their morphology and function; how and where they live; their methods of feeding, defense, and reproduction; their taxonomy and classification; and their interaction with humans. The New Encyclopedia of Snakes is the ideal reference for anyone interested in snakes—whether they come across them in the wild, go looking for them, keep them captive, or are simply fascinated by them.

  • A comprehensive, up-to-date, and richly illustrated reference
  • Text enhanced by some 200 color photographs of snakes from all over the world
  • Easy-to-read fact boxes about topics of special interest
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Editorial Reviews

Lexington Herald Leader
Learn about snakes from around the world, the relationships between the species, snake biology—how and where they live, feed and reproduce—and how they interact with humans. This updated edition would make a great holiday gift for any young naturalist.
Washington Times
The New Encyclopedia of Snakes is a must-have... Mattison's work is a breathtaking wonder. How he managed to fill 271 pages with reams of scientific and plain entertaining information, then added 200 beautiful photographs that deal with every snake on this planet, is simply astonishing...It's all there, our American snakes, the Asian, Australian, African and European snakes, their lives, mating habits, raising of young, feeding and potential threat to humans who bother them. You will be blown away by the color photography, but you also will begin to read and probably not stop for a long time.
— Gene Muller
Raleigh News & Observer
[T]his text with its incredible close-ups of iridescent scales and vertical-slit eyes and gaping pink-lined jaws details the where, why and how of snakes' lives.
— Marcy Smith
Booklist
This updated reference on snakes from around the world will appeal to the student and the lay reader. Of special interest is a chapter on the interactions of snakes and humans throughout history. There are significant changes in this revised edition. Advances in DNA technology have led to changes in snake biology and classification, including a number of new families being added. Other revisions include and a change in focus in the field from concerns about the loss of habitat to the implications of global climate change. Photographs, more than 200 in all, appear on every page spread.
— Maren Ostergard
King Features Syndicate
Snakes are among the most feared and misunderstood creatures on earth. A comprehensive and richly illustrated new reference book dispels these misconceptions by addressing the natural history of snakes. This is an idea reference for anyone interested in snakes. The New Encyclopedia of Snakes is one of the most comprehensive single-volume guides ever written about snakes, a work that is highly recommended.
— Larry Cox
Wildlife Activist
Snake lovers will love this text, complete with over 200 color photographs of snakes from all over the world.
Dover Post
Snakes are among the most feared and misunderstood creatures on earth. A comprehensive and richly illustrated new reference book dispels these misconceptions by addressing the natural history of snakes and their relationship with each other and with other groups of animals. The New Encyclopedia of Snakes incorporates new information on snake biology and classification and includes a complete List of every family genus, with notes on each. The 200 color photographs document the fascinating variety of snake coloration and camouflage, and illustrate and clarify the many topics covered. This book is organized thematically, making it easy to use. This is an ideal reference for anyone interested in snakes.
— Larry Cox
Choice
Important changes in classifying and naming snakes, the addition of new species, advances in behavioral biology, new concerns about habitat loss, and the state of the art as influenced by the Internet, have all prompted Mattison to revise his 1995 The Encyclopedia of Snakes. As a promoter of herpetology, especially snakes, the author provides this nicely written and beautifully illustrated update, suitable for readers ranging from the beginning naturalist to the focused professional. Worldwide in scope, this well-referenced volume incorporates an evolutionary theme to discuss in some depth the entire range of knowledge about snakes.
— D.M. McKinstry
Science Books & Film
Great pictures and great prose make a memorable combination, and it certainly does not hurt the credentials of the encyclopedia that the contents have been pieced together with such up-to-date, painstaking precision. Simply put, Dr. Mattison's book is a sheer delight and deserves pride of place on the shelves of many more than just the noble band of the herpetologically minded.
— John Mathew
Science Books and Film

Great pictures and great prose make a memorable combination, and it certainly does not hurt the credentials of the encyclopedia that the contents have been pieced together with such up-to-date, painstaking precision. Simply put, Dr. Mattison's book is a sheer delight and deserves pride of place on the shelves of many more than just the noble band of the herpetologically minded.
— John Mathew
Washington Times - Gene Muller
The New Encyclopedia of Snakes is a must-have... Mattison's work is a breathtaking wonder. How he managed to fill 271 pages with reams of scientific and plain entertaining information, then added 200 beautiful photographs that deal with every snake on this planet, is simply astonishing...It's all there, our American snakes, the Asian, Australian, African and European snakes, their lives, mating habits, raising of young, feeding and potential threat to humans who bother them. You will be blown away by the color photography, but you also will begin to read and probably not stop for a long time.
Raleigh News & Observer - Marcy Smith
[T]his text with its incredible close-ups of iridescent scales and vertical-slit eyes and gaping pink-lined jaws details the where, why and how of snakes' lives.
Booklist - Maren Ostergard
This updated reference on snakes from around the world will appeal to the student and the lay reader. Of special interest is a chapter on the interactions of snakes and humans throughout history. There are significant changes in this revised edition. Advances in DNA technology have led to changes in snake biology and classification, including a number of new families being added. Other revisions include and a change in focus in the field from concerns about the loss of habitat to the implications of global climate change. Photographs, more than 200 in all, appear on every page spread.
King Features Syndicate - Larry Cox
Snakes are among the most feared and misunderstood creatures on earth. A comprehensive and richly illustrated new reference book dispels these misconceptions by addressing the natural history of snakes and their relationship with each other and with other groups of animals. The New Encyclopedia of Snakes incorporates new information on snake biology and classification and includes a complete List of every family genus, with notes on each. The 200 color photographs document the fascinating variety of snake coloration and camouflage, and illustrate and clarify the many topics covered. This book is organized thematically, making it easy to use. This is an ideal reference for anyone interested in snakes.
Choice - D.M. McKinstry
Important changes in classifying and naming snakes, the addition of new species, advances in behavioral biology, new concerns about habitat loss, and the state of the art as influenced by the Internet, have all prompted Mattison to revise his 1995 The Encyclopedia of Snakes. As a promoter of herpetology, especially snakes, the author provides this nicely written and beautifully illustrated update, suitable for readers ranging from the beginning naturalist to the focused professional. Worldwide in scope, this well-referenced volume incorporates an evolutionary theme to discuss in some depth the entire range of knowledge about snakes.
Science Books and Film - John Mathew
Great pictures and great prose make a memorable combination, and it certainly does not hurt the credentials of the encyclopedia that the contents have been pieced together with such up-to-date, painstaking precision. Simply put, Dr. Mattison's book is a sheer delight and deserves pride of place on the shelves of many more than just the noble band of the herpetologically minded.
From the Publisher
"Learn about snakes from around the world, the relationships between the species, snake biology—how and where they live, feed and reproduce—and how they interact with humans. This updated edition would make a great holiday gift for any young naturalist."—Lexington Herald Leader

"The New Encyclopedia of Snakes is a must-have... Mattison's work is a breathtaking wonder. How he managed to fill 271 pages with reams of scientific and plain entertaining information, then added 200 beautiful photographs that deal with every snake on this planet, is simply astonishing...It's all there, our American snakes, the Asian, Australian, African and European snakes, their lives, mating habits, raising of young, feeding and potential threat to humans who bother them. You will be blown away by the color photography, but you also will begin to read and probably not stop for a long time."—Gene Muller, Washington Times

"This revised and updated edition of The Encyclopedia of Snakes delivers three new snake families and 400 new species. [As] the most comprehensive of Mattison's herpetology texts this edition covers all aspects of snake biology and habitat...The work contains a wealth of information about our scaled friends, including patterns of distribution and matters relating to evolution and morphology, feeding, reproduction, and defensive strategies...Full of some 200 marvelous color photographs, this captivating work will appeal to students and snake lovers everywhere. Scholarly enough to serve as a core resource for herpetologists but also readable, it deserves a wide audience."—Kelli Perkins, Library Journal

"[T]his text with its incredible close-ups of iridescent scales and vertical-slit eyes and gaping pink-lined jaws details the where, why and how of snakes' lives."—Marcy Smith, Raleigh News & Observer

"This updated reference on snakes from around the world will appeal to the student and the lay reader. Of special interest is a chapter on the interactions of snakes and humans throughout history. There are significant changes in this revised edition. Advances in DNA technology have led to changes in snake biology and classification, including a number of new families being added. Other revisions include and a change in focus in the field from concerns about the loss of habitat to the implications of global climate change. Photographs, more than 200 in all, appear on every page spread."—Maren Ostergard, Booklist

"Snakes are among the most feared and misunderstood creatures on earth. A comprehensive and richly illustrated new reference book dispels these misconceptions by addressing the natural history of snakes. This is an idea reference for anyone interested in snakes. The New Encyclopedia of Snakes is one of the most comprehensive single-volume guides ever written about snakes, a work that is highly recommended."—Larry Cox, King Features Syndicate

"Snake lovers will love this text, complete with over 200 color photographs of snakes from all over the world."—Wildlife Activist

"Snakes are among the most feared and misunderstood creatures on earth. A comprehensive and richly illustrated new reference book dispels these misconceptions by addressing the natural history of snakes and their relationship with each other and with other groups of animals. The New Encyclopedia of Snakes incorporates new information on snake biology and classification and includes a complete List of every family genus, with notes on each. The 200 color photographs document the fascinating variety of snake coloration and camouflage, and illustrate and clarify the many topics covered. This book is organized thematically, making it easy to use. This is an ideal reference for anyone interested in snakes."—Larry Cox, Dover Post

"Important changes in classifying and naming snakes, the addition of new species, advances in behavioral biology, new concerns about habitat loss, and the state of the art as influenced by the Internet, have all prompted Mattison to revise his 1995 The Encyclopedia of Snakes. As a promoter of herpetology, especially snakes, the author provides this nicely written and beautifully illustrated update, suitable for readers ranging from the beginning naturalist to the focused professional. Worldwide in scope, this well-referenced volume incorporates an evolutionary theme to discuss in some depth the entire range of knowledge about snakes."—D.M. McKinstry, Choice

"Great pictures and great prose make a memorable combination, and it certainly does not hurt the credentials of the encyclopedia that the contents have been pieced together with such up-to-date, painstaking precision. Simply put, Dr. Mattison's book is a sheer delight and deserves pride of place on the shelves of many more than just the noble band of the herpetologically minded."—John Mathew, Science Books and Film

Library Journal

A single decade can bring about many changes, even in the world of herpetology. This revised and updated edition of The Encyclopedia of Snakes(Checkmark, 1995) delivers three new snake families and 400 new species and discusses the effects of desertification and rising sea levels on snake populations. Still the most comprehensive of Mattison's herpetology texts (e.g., Snakes of the World), this edition covers all aspects of snake biology and habitat. This is not a field guide aimed at snake identification; indeed, snake classification entries span only one chapter. But the work contains a wealth of information about our scaled friends, including patterns of distribution and matters relating to evolution and morphology, feeding, reproduction, and defensive strategies. A special chapter deals with snake and human interaction, addressing everything from rattlesnake roundups to snakeskin products. Sidebars highlighting topics like snakebite treatments and radio tracking methods augment the volume.
—Kelli Perkins

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691132952
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 8/20/2007
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 204,263
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Mattison is an internationally recognized herpetologist and photographer based in the United Kingdom. His many books include "Snake, Snakes of the World", and "Keeping and Breeding Snakes".

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    Posted November 6, 2007

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    This book is absolutely amazing. It's got such in depth information. Awesome pictures and great captions for each. No other book needed once you have this one.

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