272 pages, 200 colour photos, illus, maps
A guide to snake classification, behaviour, breeding and evolution. It covers the most popular aspects of snake biology. It includes colour photographs that show the fascinating variety of snake colouration as well as illustrate their amazing capacity for camouflage. It also covers natural diversity, size, shape, physiology, ecology, and more.
A thorough revision of the highly successful Encyclopedia of Snakes
The origin and evolution of snakes. Morphology and function. How snakes live. Where snakes live. Feeding. Defence. Reproduction . Snakes and humans. Taxonomy. The classification of snakes.
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Chris Mattison is a professional herpetologist based in Sheffield, with an international reputation as a writer on the topic. He is the author of Snakes of the World, keeping and Breeding Snakes and half-a-dozen other related titles. A member of both the British and international herpetological Societies, he travels widely photographing reptiles in the wild and is in demand as a lecturer on the subject in Europe and North America.