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"Shame on you Bobby Powell" - by Richard C. Vogt (Manaus, Amazonas, Brasil)
The book is an update of the original edition of Roger Conant from 1958, Even though two of the authors are deceased Powell should have left Conant as the original author. Powell also uses this book to make his own distasteful new common names with disregard for the lists that are made by herpetology organizations, particularly anoying is his coining of new names for a recently described species of Lilthobates, the authors did not call it Kaufields leopard frog. But Tom Collins also liked to decree his own species as well, so let poor Roger roll in his grave! The maps are also garishly colored and many of them do not depict the actual range of the animals, It is also confusing that he puts western species which have a slight eastern range extension as well as invasive foreign species into the text as if they ... full review

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"I'm no snake person and the book is great" - by OBC
The images and the descriptions are great! I bought this for a friend who moved to a protected wildlife area of FL because she will inevitably see plenty of snakes. The only bad part is that the descriptions of the snakes are printed in the front the images are towards the back (not side-by-side.) It's ok for quick identification though. I appreciate the information and the author's apparent respect for the ecosystem without having an agenda. It's a fascinating read even if you're not into snakes.

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"Good field guide." - by Nancy G Steenport
After finding a very large snake in my garden, I needed to know what species it was but did not have a reference book so I ordered the National Audubon Society Field Guide. It's a great reference book and I will use it often.

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"excellent book!" - by SuzanneSonflower
Can't say enough good about this book!! Perfect book for identifying snakes in our area. High quality photos, range maps and information. Definitely recommend!!

"Everything a field guide should be!" - by W. Paul W. (Dallas, Texas )
This is the best field guide I've had for herps. The layout is typical; there are color plates of the species and some written commentary and advice on field herping in the front of the book, followed by species accounts and range maps. Fairly typical layout. However, the way in which subspecies were handled is new, at least to me, and incredibly practical and useful. Those subspecies that are readily distinguishable in the field are given full seperate entries and individual range maps, which is particularly nice with certain large species groups (milk and king snakes, Pitouphis, etc.)

My only complaint, and it is minor, is that the taxonomy is old and very conservitive, even given when this book was published. Pitouphis is treated as monospecific genus in the book, whereas it's currently regarded as having several species, and Elaphe is still used for a good many of the colubrids ... full review

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"A delightful trip into the lives of snakes" - by G. Allinson (BROOKFIELD, IL, US)
This is a difficult review to write because there is so much good to say about this book and I'm afraid I might miss something. It starts with the sewn binding, heavy paper and quality printing that is the framework for a well written book with beautiful photos and large, easy to understand range maps. There is no doubt that the author, a renown herpetologist, knows his stuff. That he is able to communicate that knowledge about so many species in a way that almost anyone can understand and learn from is a decided plus. This book is a little heavy to be a comfortably carried field guide (then again it will fit in a backpack), but it certainly has a place in any reference library and is so beautiful that it can hold its own as a coffee table book. It is highly readable and ... full review

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"Some snakes are good snakes and can help keep mice and rats at ..." - by Lynn B
Living in the south where there are lots of snakes, this chart helps to know if they are poisonous or not. Some snakes are good snakes and can help keep mice and rats at bay and they are more afraid of you than you are of them. If they are left alone they won't bite.

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"Good comprehensive snake identification guide" - by Ryan Winkleman (CA)
I am an aspiring herpetologist, but am not huge on snakes and prior to this book did not own a dedicated snake book. All I had snake-wise was Stebbins' [[ASIN:0395982723 A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians (Peterson Field Guide)]] and St. John's [[ASIN:1551053438 Reptiles of the Northwest]]. So based on the recommendation of californiaherps.com, I picked up this book in the three-book "Guide and Reference to the ____ of Western North America (North of Mexico) and Hawaii" series of R.D. and Patricia P. Bartlett. I'm glad I did.

The book contains species accounts, photos, and range maps for 147 snake species that occur in the western United States (defined in this book as the region from the Pacific Ocean to the eastern borders of New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana), in Hawaii, in Alaska, and in western Canada. The introduction is fairly dispensable and mainly goes over general snake ... full review

"Beautiful Book" - by Forker (Texas)
Very handy reference for Texas snake identification. Excellent color photos makes identification of snakes a lot easier than other books where photos aren't as clear and definitive. Good tips on discerning snakes with similar appearances.

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"A Great Quick Reference/Compilation of Natue Facts for Active Nature Studies" - by Lorie (Columbus, MS)
After reading all the great reviews and the few bad reviews, I bought this book. I'm so glad I did. I homeschool and use Nature Study as science elective for my first and second grader. This book is the perfect quick reference/compilation for those out exploring nature. I certainly don't use this book as the leading comprehensive authority in all things nature but then the author states at the beginning of the book not to. If you want to do a more serious academic study of nature...go find another book. This is strictly for those who need to inspire an interest in nature and need a basic look at nature.

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"Love it!" - by noneofyourbusiness
I bought this for my neice and she loved it! She's nine and we had a great time reading and looking through the pictures. My nephew who is only four loves this book just as much as his sister.

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"What is a Reptiliomorph? It has to do with reptilian evolution." - by NMamzlver (Southern New Mexico and Western Michigan)
Reptiles are a group of animals comprising today's turtles, crocodilians, snakes, lizards, tuatara, and their extinct relatives. There are more than 8,000 species of reptiles on the planet. Reptiles are covered in scales, have bony external plating. Reptiles don't have sweat or sebaceous glands.Chameleons are reptiles that can change color based on their environment. The color changes are based on changes in humidity, temperature, emotions, such as anger and fear. Reptiles are cold-blooded animals which mean they depend on the warmth of the sun in order to survive. Reptiles are thought to have evolved about 340 million years ago, from a group of reptilian like animals called Reptiliomorphs. All Reptiles are tetrapods meaning 4 limbs except for snakes that lost their limbs through the last course of evolution. They are tetrapods by decent. Reptiles are found on every continent except for Antartica.

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"Very Cool" - by Loc
This book is excellent. I love the texture of the cover and the pages. The colors came out well on the illustrations and everything is easy to follow. The pictures are a great way to identify creatures you find out in the field and it's just overall fun to see what you can ID while out and about. Very informative and I liked the maps in the back which show you the distribution of each animal. This helps to narrow down identifications because you're able to see which species inhabits which area. Great book!

"All the snakes" - by Timothy
Bartlett's book is a good concise guide to the snakes of western North America. The book includes color photos and range maps of all of the snakes of the western states.

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"Great Book" - by rahunt2
IF you want an in-depth look into the snakes of the U. S., this is it.
The comprehensive keys, excellent photographs, and detailed information makes this the best snake book I own.
I am a master's student and the information in this book as well as the comprehensive literature cited will help me in my studies.