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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Checkmark Books (April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816039313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816039319
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.7 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #693,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

YA?This fine resource is organized by broad themes that cover pertinent aspects of the life cycle of snakes?their biology, history, and taxonomy. Chapter topics include origin and evolution, morphology and function, feeding, defense, and reproduction. One especially interesting chapter highlights the tenuous relationship between snakes and humans. Fascinating sidebars offer tantalizing insights into research, history, and misconceptions. The book's organization encourages students to keep reading after locating specific answers to their questions. The detailed index includes both common and scientific names. Numerous colorful, closeup photographs call attention to the text and will attract browsers. An excellent addition to herpetology collections.?Gary Filmore, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Mattison opens his large-scale study of snakes (not an encyclopedia of snakes as the title suggests) with the scientific definition of the creature and how it differs from other reptiles. He then moves on to cover their taxonomy, morphology, habitats, diet, reproduction, and protective mechanisms. Especially interesting are the discussions of the snake's relationship with humans in myth and reality. Color photographs illustrate the discussion throughout. A field day for herpetologists and snake-loving readers. To be indexed, generally and by species. Denise Perry Donavin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 22, 1996
Format: Hardcover
This comprehensive, highly illustrated book
covers the most popular aspects of snake biology
and is intended to be the most informative and
comprehensive title on the subject yet published.
Throughout, colour photographs show the
fascinating variety of snake coloration as well as
being used to illustrate and clarify points of
interest.

Each chapter consists of a main theme
containing text, photographs and diagrams.
There is a detailed coverage of snake
classification, evolution, natural diversity, size,
shape and coloration, 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 will be a major international title
for all involved and interested in snakes, their
zoology and care in captivity.

Chris Mattison is a professional berpetologist,
based in Sheffield in the UK, with an international
reputation as a writer on the topic. He is a long-
established Cassell/Blandford author, having
written Snakes of the World, Keeping and
Breeding Snakes and half-a-dozen other related
titles. A member of both the British and
International Herpetological Societies, he
travels widely photographing reptiles in the wild
and is in demand as a lecturer on the subject in
Europe and North America.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Shan K Casteel on March 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This books provides great info for snakes and their physiology, as well as taxonomy/classification. The main thing I found lacking was information on specific species; though it cover family/genus info fairly well, I felt it forsook the "trees for the forest." But overall very good.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Alex on February 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Although not quite a good reference work for the true professional, The Encyclopedia of Snakes covers a wide array of topics and goes through the classification of the snakes in a comprehensible family by family format. The quality of the photographs is quite excellent, and, coupled with the extensive tidbits on habits, anatomy, classification, and range makes a wonderful and compelling read.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. It provided some natural history, but the meat of the book was the snakes' habits and lifestyles which is what most people starting in herpetology want. All in all it is a great book.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David M. Hollingsworth on June 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a great book. Instaed of the usual individual synopsis of each species, it has a more general approach. The sections on taxonomy and classification were especially useful to me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Botia on December 5, 2005
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I would use this book as one of the texts if I were teaching a herpetology course. It contains a comprehensive view of snakes' anatomy, sensory organs, and adaptations. If you're looking for a book that will give you an amazing amount of general snake knowledge, this is the book for you. For accounts of particular species, however, you will need to pick up additional material.
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