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What's Wrong With My Snake? A User-Friendly Home Medical Reference Manual (The Herpetocultural Library) (Herpetocultural Library, The) Paperback – January, 1997

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Product Details

  • Series: Herpetocultural Library, The
  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Advanced Vivarium Systems (January 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1882770358
  • ISBN-13: 978-1882770359
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,201,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. John Rossi is a small/exotic animal practitioner in Jacksonville, Florida. After receiving his Bachelor's degree in 1977, he moved to Tampa, Florida where he received his Masters in Zoology in 1981. Since his graduation from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986, he has treated a large number of exotic animals, and that experience is evident in these books. He is the author of numerous papers and other books, including Snakes of the United States and Canada.

He has lectured around the country on exotic animal care. Dr. Rossi is a 4 time North American Veterinary Conference lecturer. He was also a co-founder and past president of the Jacksonville Herpetological Society.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Crowe on August 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
Anyone who owns a snake should own a copy of this book. Period.
We've been using this book for two years. During that time it has been an invaluable reference for our collection. Any time we suspect something may be wrong with one of our snakes, the very first thing we do is consult this book. If the problem is included (and it usually is), there will be a chapter outlining what the possible causes might be and what we can do to help prevent it or correct it. It also helps us figure out when we need to take the animal to a veterinarian -- and, for that matter, when we don't, and can look after the situation by ourselves.
But its real value is showing you how to keep your snake healthy and prevent medical conditions from arising in the first place. That means fewer snake deaths and fewer expensive trips to the vet, which makes this book an excellent investment. If you keep snakes, buy it if you don't already own a copy -- you owe it to them.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 13, 1998
Format: Paperback
The author should be commended for this book. Throughout the book the author demonstrates why an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Some of the photos of sick or injured snakes were difficult to view. I will take better care of my snake, based on what I learned from this book. I was very impressed with the authors extensive coverage of medicines and dosage charts. If I ever take my snake to the vet, this book will go with me.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael Pollmann on November 7, 1997
Format: Paperback
This book contains a great deal of information for the identification and treament of problems in captive-kept snakes. Sections range from feeding problems to medicating. Very well organized and easy to understand. A must for all snake owners.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 22, 2003
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I bought this book on a whim. I was trying to find something that addressed all the problems that snake owners encounter. This book is wonderful with very clear descriptions of illnesses and injuries. You are able to look at your snake, and then immidiately look it up in the book. It gives you immidiate treatment, whether you need a vet's help or not. It covers all the most common antibiotics, their doses, and purpose. This is a MUST have for anyone with a snake, or an entire collection. This is the only book I found that covered just about everything I have ever needed to know about snake care and preventative care.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Kimes on August 1, 2005
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I have been raising and breeding snakes for over 30 years and I found this book to be very helpfull for most ailments and has good suggestions for treatment. I would have really liked more color pictures, but for the price it will be hard to beat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenni on June 8, 2007
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I enjoy having this book. I wish I had stumbled upon it sooner. It would have helped me to solve some of my more puzzling predicaments that I had to figure out on my own. That having been said - this book contains mostly medical problems that can be avioded by proper husbandry, and doesn't get too specific. I have used this book several times, although it never really told me much I didn't know or suspect. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is thinking of getting a snake, or lizard too really. I have kept herps for a decade now and only got the book a year or so ago, so I'd already read about and learned a lot through experience and other herp reading, but this does give more information than care sheets, or generalized herp books. I would have liked it better if it had more problems covered, as several times I have thought to check the book, only to find no mention of my specific problem. But for the most common problems the book covers prevention, home treatment, and vet treatment. It is a must-have for any reptile owner, or prospective reptile owner.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mathieu on January 10, 2003
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I actualy own 5 snakes at home. I'm not a beginer in the field of herpetology but, when diseases and negatives aspects of keeping snakes come to you, you have to be informed. Right now, 3 of my pythons has fungal infections and this little book saved me a realy expensive vet bill !
Great explanations ... but there should be colored pictures.
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Very thorough with lots of insight and information that you can't always find on the internet; things you wouldn't even know to look for. This book helped me troubleshoot quite a few problems with my snakes, from respiratory infections to excessive roaming. The problem-solution chart is a wonderful tool and is a page you'll want to bookmark (I did.) The only thing I didn't find useful was the antibiotics and medication chart. This would be a Godsend for a vet, but not for your average keeper/breeder as we probably don't have access to a lot of those medications, nor have needles on hand to administer them. The other thing is the pictures are pretty gory---they seem like more of a scare factor than informational at times. Quite a few made me cringe and I've got a pretty strong stomach. However, any time my snakes act even a little strange, I grab this book and I usually find an answer.
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