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Rattlesnake - Portrait of a Predator Hardcover – August 17, 1998
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The text alone would be worth the price of the book; the photography makes the book a steal. This man knows how to take pictures; some of the best photos of rattlers I've ever seen (and I've seen and taken several) are here. I borrowed this book from a library, expecting something that was little more than an update on Klauber; however, this work stands alone very well, and is informative--I intend to buy it. The photos are on par with any herp photography I've ever seen, and are impressive and useful; almost worth the price of the book themselves. This book is a must have, and well worth the time and money that one must invest to read it.
My only criticism of the book is that it spends a lot of time dealing with human activities as regards rattlesnakes, such as the notorious "rattlesnake roundups," which the author rightly explains to be unconscionable predations by man against innocent and essential creatures. I would have rather seen even more space devoted to a pure scientific study of rattlers. But this is a minor quibble, and many will doubtless disagree with me because these sections are very well done and interesting.
The book's scientific discussion of rattlesnakes is very interesting. These are amazing creatures and the author plainly is highly motivated by the subject. This book is a labor of love in which the reader will delight to share.
This is a wonderful book for anyone interested in rattlers.
Rubio writes about rattlesnakes with an even-handed, scientific coolness, but his passion for the subject shines through in every sentence. This volume is undoubtedly a work of love and it's a pleasure to read. The torch lit by Klauber has been most honorably hoisted again by Rubio.
I highly recommend this book to everyone, not just rattlesnake enthusiasts.
If you're wondering if it's worth it--yes, it is!
Not only are Rubio's photographs of these snakes all well crafted but his study and knowledge of Rattlesnakes is beyond thorough. There is attention to detail and his accuracy is dead on with even the slightest variances in the species. If you have an interest in Rattlesnakes, and or want to improve your knowledge of them then this is the book to get.
As some of the other reviewers have already noted, the photography that is displayed in this book is absolutely stunning. Many of the pictures are some of the best ever published on this subject, which in itself makes the book well worth its price.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is a huge book full of great pictures of Rattlesnakes and information too, it focus its attention on the North American Rattlesnakes.Published on December 21, 2013 by Edouard Paiva
No it is no Lawrence Klauber, but this is a well written well photogrpahed book. This work, in a large part based on the much more informative "Rattle Snakes" book by Lawrence... Read morePublished on February 7, 2006 by Michael Clarkson
This is undoubtedly one of the best zoological books I've ever read. The photographs are superb and the text is both enlightening and understandable. Read morePublished on April 16, 2002