Snakes: The Evolution of Mystery in Nature

Author:   Harry W. Greene ,  Michael Fogden ,  Patricia Fogden
Publisher:   University of California Press
Edition:   45th ed.
ISBN:  

9780520200142


Pages:   366
Publication Date:   17 June 1997
Format:   Hardback
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This text presents every facet of the natural history of snakes: their diversity, evolution and conservation. It provides an up-to-date summary of the biology of snakes on a global basis. Eight chapters are devoted to general biology topics, including: anatomy; feeding; venoms; predation and defence; social behaviour; reproduction; evolution; and conservation. Another eight chapters survey the major snake groups, including blindsnakes, boas, colubrids, stiletto snakes, cobras, seasnakes and vipers. Details of particular interest, such as coralsnake mimicry and the evolution of the rattle, are highlighted as special topics.

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Author:   Harry W. Greene ,  Michael Fogden ,  Patricia Fogden
Publisher:   University of California Press
Imprint:   University of California Press
Edition:   45th ed.
Dimensions:   Width: 21.60cm , Height: 3.10cm , Length: 27.90cm
Weight:   1.846kg
ISBN:  

9780520200142


ISBN 10:   0520200144
Pages:   366
Publication Date:   17 June 1997
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Print
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
Limited stock is available. It will be ordered for you and shipped pending supplier's limited stock.

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A comprehensive and deeply satisfying exploration of that much-maligned creature, the snake. . . . Emerging from this work is a creature less to be reviled than to be admired, demonstrating extraordinary evolutionary adaptability, fabulous variety, and spectacular coloration. -- Kirkus Reviews


A comprehensive and deeply satisfying exploration of that much-maligned creature, the snake, from herpetologist Greene (Univ. of Calif., Berkeley). Serpents have had a checkered history: They may have represented healing to the ancient Greeks and knowledge to the Incas, but for most folks they are appalling pictures of pure malevolence. It is Greene's mission to give the snake a public relations burnishing, to probe the beauty and intrigue of these animals against the backdrop of science, and he does so in detail, with style, aided and abetted by some 200 glorious, how'd-they-catch-that photographs from the Fogden husband-and-wife team. There is plenty here to engage the dedicated snake fancier - on squamate hemipenises and undifferentiated maxillaries, behavioral ecology and biogeography. But Greene wisely enlivens his herpetological tale with stories from the field - dodging a viper's fangs as he reaches for its head, all the while knee deep in swamp muck - and fascinating sidebars on mimicry, blind snakes on the pheromone trail, snakes near extinction (such as the eastern Timber Rattlesnake), nomenclature (is it any wonder snakes get a bad rap with names like Death Adder, Black Halloween, and Eyelash Pitviper?) - tidbits that allow lay readers a chance to catch their breath. Greene closes with a call for snake conservation, in particular habitat protection, for many of these sedentary, finicky eaters are dependent upon unique, undisturbed landscapes that are currently under attack from developers. Emerging from this work is a creature less to be reviled than to be admired, demonstrating extraordinary evolutionary adaptability, fabulous variety, and spectacular coloration. (Kirkus Reviews)


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Harry W. Greene is Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University. He was formerly the Curator of Herpetology the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, and Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he won the campuswide Distinguished Teaching Award in 1993. In 2000, he was awarded the third Edward Osborne Wilson Naturalist Award, presented by the American Society of Naturalists. Michael and Patricia Fogden are acclaimed nature photographers whose work has appeared in such publications as Smithsonian and Natural History, and in books published by Time-Life, National Geographic, and Audubon. They live in Costa Rica.

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