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The Garter Snakes: Evolution and Ecology (Animal Natural History Series) Hardcover – September 15, 1996
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The Garter Snakes: Evolution And Ecology is a comprehensive survey of the genus Thamnophis, or common garter snake. The Garter Snakes includes color plates of all species (many never previously figured in color); an extensive discussion of ecology, behavior, and captive care; and a modern key to all species; as well as species-by-species summaries of the systematics and natural history of the thirty different garter snakes now recognized. The Garter Snakes is an up-to-date, appealing book, written by world authorities, and essential reading for herpetologists, conservationists, ecologists, pet owners, and non-specialist general readers interested in natural history. Highly recommended! -- Midwest Book Review
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The Garter Snakes: Evolution and Ecology is the first comprehensive review of the genus Thamnophis in nearly ninety years. The book includes color plates of all species (many never previously figured in color); extensive discussion of ecology, behavior, and captive care; and a modern key to all species - as well as species-by-species summaries of the systematics and natural history of the thirty different garter snakes now recognized. Of particular interest are the descriptions of lesser-known species in Mexico. Because interest in reptiles has grown dramatically in recent years, this comprehensive guide is designed to appeal to as wide an audience as possible - to both the professional herpetologist interested in the biology of Thamnophis and the hobbyist who wants to know more about these diverse and widespread snakes, both in the home aquarium and in the wild. This up-to-date, appealing book, written by the world's leading authorities, will be extremely useful not only to herpetologists but also to conservationists, ecologists, pet owners, and other readers generally interested in natural history.
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The more I reference this book the more I notice oddities. The bottom margin on the book is huge! Almost a third of each page is unused.
But bear in mind that this a scientific monograph. As monographs go it is surprisingly accessible, but it does not pull any scholarly punches, and some parts of it will be beyond some readers, particularly children. The species key, for example, refers to measurements that no amateur or casual observer would be able to make, but it does so in order to be correct rather than easy.
That garter snake researchers need to own a copy of it goes without saying; amateurs with a serious interest in garters ought to buy it as well.