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Snakes of the Southeast (Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book) Paperback – May 23, 2005

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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)

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)

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

(Southeastern Naturalist)

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)

A storehouse of easily digested information.

(Athens Banner-Herald)

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Winner of the 2005 National Outdoor Book Award, Nature Guidebook Category
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Product Details

  • Series: Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press (May 23, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820326526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820326528
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I received this book two days ago and have finished reading it the first day. The book is extremely well organized with facts and features that you won't, but always want to, find in other books such as:

general identifying characterists set out in a box for each species for easy location

identification of the young

what will be the effect of the bite each species of venomous snake

very good glossory and index (which includes both common and scientific names)

I have needed a book like this for a long time for a quick reference with MANY photos to easily identify the specie in questions. If you live in the southeast and want to know more about local snakes or just need a VERY good reference book for quick use, this is a must have.
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This book has everything a child and/or adult needs to know about the snakes that can be found in any given area of the Southeast. Even down to the parish/county you may live in. It gives you hints that let you know which snake is which (enormously helpful for venomous ones). It also shows a way, with only 1 exception (the coral snake), to determine if a snake is venomous by looking at it's shed skin. Now how many times have you or your child come across a snake skin and wondered if it could have been a harmful snake? I bought this book for my 6 year old son who, like his mother, has an interest in snakes and curiosity. I recently noticed my hubby perusing through it & he despises them. Matter of fact, my neighbor has already borrowed it for identification. He then decided to read through it the rest of the way...it's just that insightful!
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You might want two copies of this wonderfully practical guide - one for the field and one for the coffee table.

The wealth of practical information, photos and identifying characteristics make this the perfect field guide. It also is an extremely effective tool for preservation at a time when the first instinct for too many people is to immediately destroy a snake that ventures into their yard, even if it presents no harm. With snakes of the Southeast, a quick check will provide the answer.

The book's smart design, photography and production also will make it at home with the showpiece volumes on your coffee table - at a fraction of the price.

Great stuff!
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As many Herp books as I have read through, this book covers all the information provided by most other field guides on snakes in this region, and then some! It has great photos of all the snakes throughout this region and the info on each species is organized in a descriptive, yet reader-friendly fashion. The other contents in this book are very informative and covers everything from the biology of snakes to their predators and defenses, and everything in-between. The final section on "People and Snakes" is AWESOME!! It is important that people will be better informed about snakes and see that they do not live up to their unwarrented reputation. This section of the book does a great job in communicating this message to the reader and also how benificial snakes are to our ecosystems. At the least, this book is a fascinating read and should be accessible to anyone living in this region. The Southeast region is one of the best places, in my opinion, for finding some of the most unique and beautiful snakes in the country. If anything, there is much more to learn from this book than there is from "People" magazine by a long shot!
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A worthy successor to Snakes of Georgia & South Carolina, also co-authored by Whit Gibbons. This earlier volume, now out of print, was superb as well...though brief and exorbitantly priced.

The current work is logically organized, user-friendly yet comprehensive. The color photos are tack-sharp. For the amateur naturalist, teacher or student alike, or for the common sojourner this is the perfect reference--liberally illustrated but detailed as well. Plus--the price is right.
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As the webmaster of [...], I have a pretty large collection of herpetology books. This is the single best book on the snakes of the southeast that I have found. The sections are divided up logically and usefully; it has great range maps, and excellent photography. When I teach classes on snakebite to medical personnel, this is the book that I recommend, because one of the main things that people need to be able to do is differentiate the non-venomous snakes from the venomous ones. And the majority have no idea that there are 41 species of snakes in Georgia alone. It's definitely the one book on snakes that every family living in the southeast should own.
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Great book for those doing a lot of hiking or walking. Easy to identify pictures allow close comparison. I commonly run into snakes during rugged terrain hikes and am familiar with most but this book helped me with those where I was unsure-non poisonous.
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This is a very comprehensive book on snakes. I highly recommend to anyone wanting to learn more about identifying southern snake species. Range maps and photography are first class.
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