Guide and Reference to the Snakes of Western North America (north of Mexico) and HawaiiBook - 2009
According to the Bartletts, some 147 species and subspecies of snakes live between the hot dry deserts of the Mexican border and the frigid slopes and valleys of Alaska, and between verge of the Great Plains into the foothills of the Rockies and the middle of the Pacific. For each one, they discuss its abundance and range, its habitat, features by which to identify it, and similar species and how to tell them apart. They also provide color photographs and distribution maps. Included are the two species from Hawaii, the one from Alaska, and 16 from western Canada. Herpetologist herpeculturalist R. D. and biologist and historian Patricia are mapping the continent with the guides to reptiles and amphibians. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
University of Florida Press
"If you love snakes, read this book. If you are repulsed by snakes, definitely read this book and you might just find yourself warming up to these fascinating creatures of mystery and myth."--Daniel Beck, Central Washington University
"Vignettes in the book let the armchair reader feel he or she is part of a herpetological adventure. These personal interludes make the book unique, as the straightforward identification varies little from field guide to field guide."--Traci Hartsell, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
"The most impressive aspect of the book is its completeness. Each species account is very complete and includes information far beyond the diagnostic characters and distributions. I learned quite a bit from reading this book."--Jeffrey R. Parmalee, Simpson College
Information on how to search for herpetofauna, habitat descriptions, captive care, and a special section on reptiles and the law make these guides the perfect resource for amateur or professional naturalists. They also are ideal for anyone living in or visiting a western state who is interested in knowing more about the natural world around them.