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  • Paperback: 42 pages
  • Publisher: Ophidian Publishers (May 20, 2005)
  • ISBN-10: 0974955108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974955100
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #505,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael E. Dorcas, Ph.D.
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Mike Dorcas is a Professor in the Department of Biology at Davidson College, Davidson, NC. He received a B.S. (1986) and M.S. (1990) from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Ph.D. from Idaho State University in 1995. Mike is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has received numerous awards, including the Senior Research Award from the Association of Southeastern Biologists and the Meritorious Teaching Award at the World Congress of Herpetology Biologists in 2012. Mike's research program focuses on the ecology, physiology, and conservation of amphibians and reptiles. His research program is interdisciplinary in nature and relies heavily on collaboration with students. Mike has published numerous book chapters and over 100 articles on the biology of amphibians and reptiles, many of which include students as coauthors. He is involved in numerous research projects including studies of invasive Burmese pythons in Florida and the ecology and conservation of diamondback terrapins in South Carolina. Much of his research in the Davidson area focuses on the effects of urbanization on amphibians and reptiles. He frequently gives talks about his research to the public and in academic settings. He has published seven books, including Invasive Pythons in the United States with JD Willson and Snakes of the Southeast with Whit Gibbons.

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"A Guide To The Snakes of North Carolina" by Michael E. Dorcas is an excellent book for snake identification and FAQ's. I was able to identify the snake that kept showing up in my backyard and after reading the info. on the snake, I no longer feared it. This book has actually helped me overcome my phoebia of snakes and I recommend it to every North Carolina resident!!
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I consider this my "Snake Bible." Although I have a more comprehensive book, the photos in this one can't be beat. I constantly use it to teach people about snakes because it is written on a level that anyone can read, even elementary school kids, and the photos show so many different variations of each species. I really liked the way the snakes are grouped by size, then grouped as water snakes and then venomous. A must-have for anyone living in NC (which is, of course, the best place to live!)

And you can't beat the price!
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This book has many photos showing the difference of each snake in the different regions of the state. It is comprehensive information in easy to understand format.
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Some field guides leave me wanting more information, others have so much detail as to make simple identification difficult. This book was just right. Consistent information format for each species, along with several pictures at different stages of development and gender. Made it very easy to determine what snake we had seen. What originally drew me to this book was that it was targeted specifically to North Carolina, I was surprised to find that some snakes have ranges that do not cover the entire state.
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For herping or just to help you identify those snakes you keep finding in your yard, this is the book for you! It contains a detailed write-up on ALL the snakes that are found in North Carolina. In additon to the write-ups (which gives a complete description of each snake, what it eats, its temperament, etc) it has several photographs for each snack. The photos range from newborn to juvenile; sub-adult to adult. This guide is for experienced herpers and novices alike. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest (or fear) in snakes, especialy if you are a native to North Carolina (or if you are planning on vacationing here during the seasons in which snakes are commonly out).
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The color glossy pictures(live animals-not illustrations) are the best-although there is too much "Save the Snakes" editorial drivel in areas of the book. I extensively travel this state and am outside in a lot of areas. I have a reason for wanting to know what kind of snake I am looking at-aside from normal outdoorsman curiosity.

Although I marvel at snakes, many of my co-workers do not and are quick to kill many of these creatures that present no threat to them because they don't want to take the time to id the snake first and they still have a little of the old "only good snake is a dead snake attitude" in them. If I can take some of the mystery out of it for them with this book, perhaps that attitude will change.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to ask questions first and shoot later(if at all).

I'm certainly no conservationist but this book will serve to deepen appreciation of the 36 kinds of NC snakes. Their habitats, and range are clearly laid out and information on reproductivity, species variation, etc. is presented in an organized consistent form from snake to snake.

I was quite pleased. This book was definitely more easy to use and relevant in NC than other snake books which cover all North American snakes and are much more poorly illustrated perhaps partially because of the amount of material.
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This is a good book, filled with information about Snakes. I found it very helpful in learning how to identify snakes in my yard.
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This book is a WONDERFUL resource for information and actual color photographs of the snakes found in North Carolina. In Charlotte it is not unusual to have a snake appear in your yard and I like to know what snake I am looking at and what behavior I can expect from it. I have lived here for 35 years and had no idea we had such a variety that were native. Hopefully, other folks will educate themselves with this book and quit killing snakes out of fear....they do serve a purpose. If you don't want them around, have someone relocate them.
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