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This authoritative compendium of North American poisonous snakes and lizards is organized by individual species. Each section contains the individual reptile's geographic distribution and provides condensed information on its ecological role, behavior, feeding, and reproduction, as well as reports of human envenomations. Also included are a range map, photographs, and descriptions of regional morphological variations and related recognized subspecies. This book contains an accurate specimen identification key for the species it covers, but most other information may be found elsewhere. Narrow in scope, yet heavily footnoted and crammed with technical information on karyotypes, scale patterns, and fossil records, this book will appeal only to advanced lay or professional herpetologists seeking a one-stop source. Recommended for academic collections.
- Frank Reiser, Nassau Community Coll., Garden City, N.Y.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Ernst has provided a beautiful summary of the literature in this area. Anyone interested in the biology of these reptiles will find this book a spectacular timesaver.”—Quarterly Review of Biology
“This book is a valuable reference, representing the only recent comprehensive account of North America’s venomous reptiles. Most herpetologists, as well as many other biologists and naturalists, will want access to a copy [and] amateurs will find the book readable and useful.”—ASB Bulletin
“A solid, scholarly natural history of all venomous reptiles north of Mexico (20 snakes and the Gila monster). . . . Likely to remain the standard reference for the next twenty years.”—SciTech Book News