Texas Snakes: Identification, Distribution, and Natural History

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From the legendary, fear-inspiring Western Diamondback rattlesnake to the tiny, harmless Plains blind snake, Texas has a greater diversity of snake species than any other state in the country. Recognizing the public's need for a complete guide to identifying and understanding Texas' snakes, two of the state's most respected herpetologists have joined forces to create this definitive reference to all 109 species and sub-species of Texas snakes.

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Overview

From the legendary, fear-inspiring Western Diamondback rattlesnake to the tiny, harmless Plains blind snake, Texas has a greater diversity of snake species than any other state in the country. Recognizing the public's need for a complete guide to identifying and understanding Texas' snakes, two of the state's most respected herpetologists have joined forces to create this definitive reference to all 109 species and sub-species of Texas snakes.

Well-written species accounts describe each snake's appearance, lookalikes, size, habitat, behavior, feeding, and reproduction. The authors also include color photos and finely detailed line drawings to aid field identification, along with accurate range maps, a checklist of Texas snakes, a key to the species, and a brief discussion of classification and taxonomy. The authors round out this volume with essays on snake myths and misinformation, snakebite and its prevention, conservation, Texas biotic provinces, and a brief history of Texas herpetology.

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What People Are Saying

Jonathan A. Campbell
I can't think of two better persons to take on the daunting task of preparing a book on the snakes of Texas. . . . This book was obviously a labor of love and the culmination of many years of effort by both authors.
Jonathan A. Campbell
I can't think of two better persons to take on the daunting task of preparing a book on the snakes of Texas. . . . This book was obviously a labor of love and the culmination of many years of effort by both authors.
Jonathan A. Campbell, Professor of Biology, University of Texas at Arlington
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292791305
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Pages: 519
  • Sales rank: 801,796
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 10.24 (h) x 1.79 (d)

Meet the Author

John E. Werler retired in 1992 from the Houston Zoological Gardens, where he served for thirty-six years, first as general curator and later as general manager.

James R. Dixon is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Conservation
Myths and Other Misinformation
The Snakebite Hazard
Texas Herpetology
Biotic Provinces of Texas
Snake Classification and Identification
Taxonomic Issues

Checklist of Texas Snakes
Key to the Species of Texas Snakes
Organization of Species and Subspecies Accounts
Species Accounts

Blind Snakes
Family Leptotyphlopidae
Plains Blind Snake
New Mexico Blind Snake
Trans-Pecos Blind Snake

Colubrids
Family Colubriclae
Kansas Glossy Snake
Texas Glossy Snake
Painted Desert Glossy Snake
Trans-Pecos Rat Snake
Western Worm Snake
Northern Scarlet Snake
Texas Scarlet Snake
Buttermilk Racer
Tan Racer
Eastern Yellow-bellied Racer
Mexican Racer
Southern Black Racer
Black-striped Snake
Prairie Ring-necked Snake
Regal Ring-necked Snake
Mississippi Ring-necked Snake
Texas Indigo Snake
Speckled Racer
Baird's Rat Snake
Corn Snake
Great Plains Rat Snake
Southwestern Rat Snake
Texas Rat Snake
Western Mud Snake
Mexican Hook-nosed Snake
Western Hook-nosed Snake
Plains Hog-nosed Snake
Dusty Hog-nosed Snake
Mexican Hog-nosed Snake
Eastern Hog-nosed Snake
Texas Night Snake
Gray-banded King Snake
Prairie King Snake
Speckled King Snake
Desert King Snake
Louisiana Milk Snake
Mexican Milk Snake
New Mexico Milk Snake
Central Plains Milk Snake
Northern Cat-eyed Snake
Western Smooth Green Snake
Eastern Coachwhip
Western Coachwhip
Schott's Whipsnake
Ruthven's Whip snake
Central Texas Whipsnake
Gulf Salt Marsh Snake
Mississippi Green Water Snake
Yellow-bellied Water Snake
Blotched Water Snake
Broad-banded Water Snake
Florida Water Snake
Brazos Water Snake
Concho Water Snake
Diamond-backed Water Snake
Midland Water Snake
Rough Green Snake
Sonoran Gopher Snake
Bull Snake
Louisiana Pine Snake
Graham's Crayfish Snake
Gulf Crayfish Snake
Texas Long-nosed Snake
Big Bend Patch-nosed Snake
Mountain Patch-nosed Snake
Texas Patch-nosed Snake
Great Plains Ground Snake
Taylor's Ground Snake
Marsh Brown Snake
Texas Brown Snake
Florida Red-bellied Snake
Mexican Black-headed Snake
Trans-Pecos Black-headed Snake
Flat-headed Snake
Southwestern Black-headed Snake
Plains Black-headed Snake
Western Black-necked Garter Snake
Eastern Black-necked Garter Snake
Checkered Garter Snake
Western Ribbon Snake
Arid Land Ribbon Snake
Gulf Coast Ribbon Snake
Red-striped Ribbon Snake
Western Plains Garter Snake
Eastern Garter Snake
Texas Garter Snake
Red-sided Garter Snake
Texas Lyre Snake
Lined Snake
Rough Earth Snake
Western Earth Snake

Coral Snakes and Their Allies
Family Elapidae
Texas Coral Snake

Vipers
Family Viperidae
Southern Copperhead
Broad-banded Copperhead
Trans-Pecos Copperhead
Western Cottonmouth
Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake
Canebrake Rattlesnake
Mottled Rock Rattlesnake
Banded Rock Rattlesnake
Northern Black-tailed Rattlesnake
Mojave Rattlesnake
Prairie Rattlesnake
Desert Massasauga
Western Massasauga
Western Pygmy Rattlesnake

Glossary
References
Index of Common Names
Index of Scientific Names

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2004

    Best I've found

    This book is, bar none, the best book on Texas snakes I've found. It discusses all aspects of Texas's wonderfully diverse snakes, from apparences to natural history. In most, there is information on habitat, behaviour, diet, range, it's activity patterns, size, etc. Species are described in detail, and the photos that go with them are well chosen; for highly variable species (i.e. bullsnake, coachwhips) several photos showing the more common variants are provided. It's hundereds of pages on one my favorite subjects :)

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