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Snakes of the Southeast
     

Snakes of the Southeast

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by Whit Gibbons, Mike Dorcas
 

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Fifty-three 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 renowned herpetologists, this new edition is the most comprehensive authoritative guide to the snakes of the region.

At the heart of the book are its heavily illustrated, fact-filled

Overview

Fifty-three 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 renowned herpetologists, this new edition is the most comprehensive authoritative guide to the snakes of the region.

At the heart of the book are its heavily illustrated, fact-filled descriptions of each snake species. Also included is a wealth of general information about the importance of snake conservation and the biology, diversity, habitats, and ecology of snakes. Find useful information about the interactions of humans and snakes: species that are likely to be found near houses, snakes as pets, what to do in case of a snakebite, and more.

The revised edition of Snakes of the Southeast includes new photos, the latest research findings, new species discoveries, and the most current geographic range maps. Clearly written, cleanly designed, and fun to use, this guide promotes a better understanding of the conservation of this fascinating but often maligned group of animals.

Features:

Conservation-oriented approach

Over 300 color photographs, including many new images for this edition

New distribution maps for 53 species of snakes

New accounts of invasive snakes of the Southeast

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

Editorial Reviews

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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

McCormick Messenger - Bob Edmonds

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.

Copeia

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.

SciTech Book News

Small, medium, large, water, and venomous snakes are included as well as backyard snakes, pets, attitudes about them, and conservation.

Center for North American Herpetology

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.

Bulletin of the Maryland Herpetological Society

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.

Southeastern Naturalist

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

Mobile Register

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.

Athens Banner-Herald

A storehouse of easily digested information.

University of Georgia herpetologist Whit Gibbons and Davidson College biologist Mike Dorcas have created the most comprehensive and useful guide to the snakes of the Southeast. This richly illustrated book contains clear, detailed entries for each of the 52 kinds of snakes found in the region. Snakes of the Southeast also covers general topics such as snake conservation and the biology, diversity, and life cycles of snakes. The book also offers useful information about interactions between snakes and humans.
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820349015
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
10/01/2015
Series:
Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book Series
Edition description:
Second Edition, Revised
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
483,900
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Mike Dorcas is a herpetologist and author of numerous books, including A Guide to the Snakes of North Carolina and Invasive Pythons in the United States (coauthored with John D. Willson, UGA Press).
Whit Gibbons is a professor emeritus of ecology at the University of Georgia and author of several books on herpetology and ecology, including Keeping All the Pieces (Georgia).
Dorcas and Gibbons are coauthors of Snakes of the Southeast, Revised Edition, and Frogs and Toads of the Southeast (both Georgia).

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Snakes of the Southeast 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
jsphtnnr3920152 More than 1 year ago
Another Great Book Of Snakes
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has become the most authoritative source of information not only on snakes of the Southeast but for most of the Central and Eastern United States. This classic wildlife book won the award for the best field guide of the year because of excellent writing and fabulous photography and being written by two top authorities in the field of herpetology
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very informative and easy to read. Nice graphic pics.