Snakes of the Southeast

Snakes of the Southeast

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by Whit Gibbons, Mike Dorcas
     
 

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Fifty-two kinds of snakes can be found in the Southeast, almost half of all species native to North America. Filled with more than 300 color photographs and written by two of the region’s most renowned herpetologists, this is the most comprehensive educational guide to the snakes of the Southeast.

At the heart of the guide are its heavily illustrated,

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Fifty-two kinds of snakes can be found in the Southeast, almost half of all species native to North America. Filled with more than 300 color photographs and written by two of the region’s most renowned herpetologists, this is the most comprehensive educational guide to the snakes of the Southeast.

At the heart of the guide are its heavily illustrated, fact-filled descriptions of each species and its habitat. Also included is a wealth of general information about the importance of snake conservation and the biology, diversity, and life cycles of snakes. Useful information about the interactions of humans and snakes is also covered: species that are likely to be found near houses, snakes as pets, what to do in case of a snake bite, and more.

Clearly written, cleanly designed, and fun to use, the guide will promote a better understanding of the habitat needs of, and environmental challenges to, this fascinating group of animals.

Features:

  • Conservation-oriented approach
  • Over 300 color photographs
  • Nearly 50 distribution maps
  • Clear descriptions of each species, including differences in the appearance of young and mature snakes
  • Size charts, key identifiers (scales, body shape, patterns, and color), descriptions of habitat, behavior and activity, food and feeding, reproduction, predators and defense, and conservation

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"Clearly written, cleanly designed, and fun to use, [Snakes of the Southeast] is a guide that will promote a better understanding of the habitat needs of, and environmental challenges to, snakes."—Bob Edmonds, McCormick Messenger

"The Southeast is especially ripe for a book that places snakes in a context that can help catalyze a change in attitudes toward these badly maligned animals. This profusely illustrated book is a big step in the right direction. . . . The information presented here is detailed yet presented in an easy-to-understand format. This is a worthy and valuable addition to the natural history literature of the Southeast. This book should be carried by anyone going into any natural area of the Southeast. It should be kept on hand even in urban and other areas where snakes could turn up."—Copeia

"Small, medium, large, water, and venomous snakes are included as well as backyard snakes, pets, attitudes about them, and conservation."—SciTech Book News

"This is the most comprehensive educational guide to the snakes of the southeastern United States. Clearly written, well designed, and fun to use, the guide will promote better understanding of the habitat needs of, and the environmental challenges to, this fascinating group of animals.”—Center for North American Herpetology

"Makes an eloquent case for the environmental importance of these slithery denizens of field, forest, swamp and backyard . . . The poisonous snakes evoke the most interest, of course, and the authors do a good job of debunking the many lurid myths that enshroud these vipers."—Mobile Register

"Easy to read . . . An informative book for the general public aimed at educating those with a limited knowledge of snakes."—Southeastern Naturalist

"A treasure to anyone having an interest in becoming a herpetologist . . . The photographs will attract every herpetologist, as they are fit in perfect context, and mostly never seen in publications before. Certainly the price will make it highly affordable for both the novice and professional herpetologist."—Bulletin of the Maryland Herpetological Society

"A storehouse of easily digested information."—Athens Banner-Herald

Herpetological Review
[An] exquisite book...on the herpetofauna of the southeastern United States.... [H]igh-quality, clearly written, with an attractive layout.... [H]as solid introductory information, detailed species descriptions, excellent range maps and color photographs, line drawings showing defining features, and a strong conservation message. There is an explanation as to how to use the species accounts which will be of value to the lay reader.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820326528
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
05/28/2005
Series:
Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book Series
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
347,089
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.60(d)

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