The subject of this narrative is the generic snake. Intended for amateur herpetologists and general naturalists the work treats the origin, evolution and classification of snakes and then discusses morphology and function, how and where snakes live (habit
Author: Christopher Mattison
This comprehensive, highly illustrated guide covers the most popular aspects of snake biology. Throughout, colour photographs show the fascinating variety of snake colouration as well as illustrating their amazing capacity for camouflage. Chapters investigate main themes, using text, photography and useful diagrams. There is detailed coverage of snake classification, evolution, natural diversity, size, shape and colouration, physiology, ecology, feeding, defensive behaviour, breeding, mythology, superstition and modern human attitudes to snakes. In addition, there are fact boxes within each chapter, which comprise items of special importance and interest, such as scale-type, population in the wild, egg incubation, etc. Above all, this is a major international title for all involved and interested in snakes, their zoology and care in captivity.
Author: Christopher Mattison
Publisher: Godsfield Press
This reference covers snake classification, size, shape and colouration, ecology, eating habits, defensive behaviour, and mythology and superstition.
Author: Christopher Mattison
Publisher: Checkmark Books
Everything You Need to Know About Snakes is a new title that explores everything reptile. Find out how far a cobra can spit, meet some masters of disguise, see a gallery of fangs, and discover a 15-meter long prehistoric snake. Plus stacks of facts about lizards, crocodiles, tortoises, and turtles!
Author: DK Publishing
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Kids Meet the Snakes features snakes from all around the world, from the common garter found in many backyards to the fearsome Egyptian Cobra, with each snake showcased on a full-color 2-page spread complete with die cut. The text is written as an inviting and intimate 1st person introduction from each snake species directly to the reader, instantly drawing kids in and enticing them to want to learn more. Each spread also features fun facts about the species including its habitat, food sources, and typical daily activities. They’re ssssspectacular, ssssspooky, and just a little bit sssscary, they’re snakes, and in this newest addition to the popular Kids Meet series, readers will come face to face with them on a personal level. Each 2-page spread will feature a different species of snake from around the world, with beautiful photos by famed nature photographer Chris Mattison. More than 40 different types of snakes, from the mundane garter to the lethal viper will be introduced, including: Tropical rattlesnake, Boomslang, Green mamba, Egyptian cobra, Puff adder, Gaboon viper, and Egg-eating snake, and each page will include a personal introduction from the snake plus fun facts about the animal’s habitat, food, and lifecycle. With Kids Meet the Snakes, getting to know our sssscaly, ssssslithery sssnake friends issss sssso much fun.
Author: Andra Serlin Abramson
Publisher: Applesauce Press
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
The Great Big Book of Snakes and Reptiles * Exciting and accessible information provides an insight into every aspect of reptile life and behavior * More than 700 fabulous wildlife photographs and illustrations show a reptile's-eye view of survival in the wild * "Did you know?" spotlights reveal amazing-but-true facts about the reptile world * Stunning photo-features zoom in on habitats, life cycles and survival tactics * An ideal reference book for 8- to 12-year-olds that supports school studies on life processes in the natural world.
Author: Barbara Taylor,Mark O'Shea
This is a fully up-to-date and comprehensive photographic field guide to the snakes of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Lavishly illustrated with 387 color photographs, it includes coverage of all 122 snake species found in these regions. The guide's detailed introduction discusses snake anatomy, biology, habitats and taxonomy. It also explores the health of snakes in captivity and conservation measures, and provides a succinct explanation of the chemical composition, physical effects and cultural uses of snake venom. Species accounts are arranged taxonomically and provide identification features, a description of the species' habitat and behavior and information about whether a snake is venomous. Abundant distribution maps describe each species' geographic variation and usual habitats. Clear photos aid identification and are supplemented with illustrations highlighting key anatomical features. A table of all species, country by country, is included at the back of the book. The first dedicated field guide on snakes to appear in many years, Snakes of Europe, North Africaand the Middle East will be indispensable for anyone interested in learning more about these unique reptiles. Highlights all 122 snake species found in the region Features 387 excellent photos supplemented with diagrams Reflects most recent classification and scientific research Provides each species' identification details, habitat, behavior and much more Includes distribution maps for all species
A Photographic Guide
Author: Philippe Geniez
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Anyone can look at a snake and see a creature unique unto itself, a reptile with a set of zoological and biological traits that are entirely its own. Just looking at this distinct animal raises many scientific questions. With regard to evolution, how did such an animal come to be? How does a snake move, and how do its sense organs differ from that of other reptiles? How does it eat, and how does it reproduce? Essentially, how does a snake "work"? In How Snakes Work: The Structure, Function and Behavior of the World's Snakes, leading zoologist Harvey B. Lillywhite has written the definitive scientific guide to the functional biology of snakes. Written for both herpetologists and a more general audience with an interest in the field, How Snakes Work features nearly two hundred color images of various species of snakes, used to provide visual examples of biological features explained in the text. Chapter topics include the evolutionary history of the snake, feeding, locomotion, the structure and function of skin, circulation and respiration, sense organs, sound production, temperature and thermoregulation, and reproduction. Containing all the latest research and advances in our biological knowledge of the snake, How Snakes Work is an indispensable asset to professional zoologists and enthusiasts alike.
Structure, Function and Behavior of the World's Snakes
Author: Harvey B. Lillywhite
Publisher: Oxford University Press
For millennia, humans have regarded snakes with an exceptional combination of fascination and revulsion. Some people recoil in fear at the very suggestion of these creatures, while others happily keep them as pets. Snakes can convey both beauty and menace in a single tongue flick and so these creatures have held a special place in our cultures. Yet, for as many meanings that we attribute to snakes—from fertility and birth to sin and death—the real-life species represent an even wider array of wonders. The Book of Snakes presents 600 species of snakes from around the world, covering nearly one in six of all snake species. It will bring greater understanding of a group of reptiles that have existed for more than 160 million years, and that now inhabit every continent except Antarctica, as well as two of the great oceans. This volume pairs spectacular photos with easy-to-digest text. It is the first book on these creatures that combines a broad, worldwide sample with full-color, life-size accounts. Entries include close-ups of the snake’s head and a section of the snake at actual size. The detailed images allow readers to examine the intricate scale patterns and rainbow of colors as well as special features like a cobra’s hood or a rattlesnake’s rattle. The text is written for laypeople and includes a glossary of frequently used terms. Herpetologists and herpetoculturists alike will delight in this collection, and even those with a more cautious stance on snakes will find themselves drawn in by the wild diversity of the suborder Serpentes.
A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred Species from around the World
Author: Mark O'Shea
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Describes the origins, classification, size and shape, colors, enemies, food, reproduction, life-cycle, and habitat of frogs and toads from around the world.
Author: Christopher Mattison
Author: John Coborn
Publisher: TFH Publications
This comprehensive reference guide explains how to recognize poisonous snakes around the world, what precautions to take to avoid being bitten and what first aid procedures and antivenoms are available in the event of a bite.
A Manual for Use by U. S. Amphibious Forces
Author: United States. Department of the Navy. Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
Note that there is a companion website for this book and it can be seen at: http://secretsofthesnakecharmer.blogspot.com/ Humans and snakes have an intimate and ancient relationship that often revolves around either love or hate. Snakes can be seen as gods, spiritual messengers, symbols of fertility, and guardians of resources in virtually all cultures. But to those that fear them, snakes are seen as venomous creatures that cannot be trusted. In Secrets of the Snake Charmer, John Murphy, a research associate of the Division of Amphibians and Reptiles in the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, provides an in-depth, twenty-first century look at snakes utilizing the published research of other herpetologists as well as his own personal experiences and speculations. Murphy covers a wide range of topics such as the adaptability of snakes, the ways in which evolution has tinkered with snakes during the last 160 million years, and the impact snakes have on the ecological communities they live in. While sharing ideas about the origin of snakes, rattlesnake rattles, and spitting in cobras, Murphy presents an innovative portrayal of snakes that proves they co-evolve with their prey, predators, and parasites in order to fulfill a significant and novel role in the web of life.
Snakes in the 21st Century
Author: John C. Murphy
Discusses the habitats, coloring, behavior, diet, eggs, and geographic range of more than 400 species of snakes
Author: John M. Mehrtens
Publisher: Sterling Pub Co Inc
More than sixty species of snakes are found in the eastern United States, the region of highest biodiversity of all reptiles and amphibians in North America. In this brand new guide, stunning photographs, colorful geographic range maps, and comprehensive written accounts provide essential information about each species—including detailed identification characteristics, general ecology and behavior, and conservation status. Carefully researched and written by an expert herpetologist, the guide is directed toward a general audience interested in natural history. Additional information supports the already fact-filled snake species profiles. A chapter on urban and suburban snake ecology focuses on species most commonly found in some of the country’s largest cities and residential settings. A chapter on snake conservation includes information on threats faced by native species in many regions of the eastern United States. Another chapter provides the latest updates on the status of invasive species of pythons and boa constrictors that have now become naturalized permanent residents in certain areas of the country. This is the most accessible and informative guide to snakes of the eastern United States available anywhere. Covers snakes in these states (plus Washington, DC): Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Features: More than 385 stunning color photographsColorful geographic range mapsSpecies accounts that cover identification, general ecology and behavior, and conservation statusExtra information on snakes in urban and suburban areasStrong conservation message, with a focus on environmental threats to native speciesCoverage of invasive snakes
Author: Whit Gibbons
Publisher: University of Georgia Press