Snakes: The Evolution of Mystery in Nature / Edition 1

Snakes: The Evolution of Mystery in Nature / Edition 1

by Harry W. Greene
     
 

This is a book about some of nature's most alluring and forbidding creatures, written by a man with an abiding passion for snakes, as well as for science, the fate of the planet, and the wonder of life. Harry Greene presents every facet of the natural history of snakes--their diversity, evolution, and conservation--and at the same time makes a personal statement of… See more details below

Overview

This is a book about some of nature's most alluring and forbidding creatures, written by a man with an abiding passion for snakes, as well as for science, the fate of the planet, and the wonder of life. Harry Greene presents every facet of the natural history of snakes--their diversity, evolution, and conservation--and at the same time makes a personal statement of why these animals are so compelling.

This book provides an up-to-date summary of the biology of snakes on a global basis. Eight chapters are devoted to general biology topics, including anatomy, feeding, venoms, predation and defense, social behavior, reproduction, evolution, and conservation; eight chapters survey the major snake groups, including blindsnakes, boas, colubrids, stiletto snakes, cobras, sea snakes, and vipers. Details of particular interest, such as coral snake mimicry and the evolution of the0 rattle, are highlighted as special topics. Chapter introductory essays are filled with anecdotes that will tempt nonspecialists to read on, while the book's wealth of comprehensive information will gratify herpeto-culturalists and professional biologists.

Greene's writing is clear, engaging, and full of appreciation for his subject. Michael and Patricia Fogden are known internationally for their outstanding work, and their stunning color photographs of snakes in their natural habitats are a brilliant complement to Greene's text. Here is a scientific book that provides accurate information in an accessible way to general readers, strongly advocates for a persecuted group of animals, encourages conservation--not just of snakes but of ecosystems--and credits science for enriching our lives. In helping readers explore the role of snakes in human experience, Greene and the Fogdens show how science and art can be mutual pathways to understanding.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Harry W. Greene is Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University. He was formerly the Curator of Herpetology the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, and Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he won the campuswide Distinguished Teaching Award in 1993. Michael and Patricia Fogden are acclaimed nature photographers whose work has appeared in such publications as Smithsonian and Natural History, and in books published by Time-Life, National Geographic, and Audubon. They live in Costa Rica.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520224872
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/30/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
365
Sales rank:
488,475
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents

List of Special Topics
Author's Preface
Photographers' Preface
Introduction1
1Classification and General Biology11
2Locomotion and Habitats35
3Diet and Feeding51
4Venomous Snakes and Snakebite75
5Predators and Defense97
6Behavior, Reproduction, and Population Biology117
7Blindsnakes143
8Pipesnakes, Boas, and Other Basal Groups155
9Old World Colubrids173
10New World Colubrids191
11Stiletto Snakes and Other African Enigmas207
12Cobras, Coralsnakes, and Their Relatives215
13Seakraits and Seasnakes231
14Vipers, Adders, and Pitvipers245
15Evolution and Biogeography267
16Snakes and Others: Past, Present, and Future285
Epilogue: Why Snakes?303
AppendixSystematics and Evolutionary Inference307
Notes311
References317
Index337

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >