128 pages, 4 plates with 10 colour photos; b/w illustrations, b/w distribution maps
Snakes are among the most fascinating of reptiles, while at the same time they can inspire strong feelings of fear in us. People have kept snakes since the beginning of civilization and in recent years, with modern vivariums and a range of equipment readily available, their popularity as pets has increased dramatically.
Given that nearly all snake keepers start their hobby with Garter Snakes, this excellent source of reference is clearly the book to buy.
Garter Snakes, species of the genus Thamnophis, are probably the most popular choice for the beginner. They are not venomous, have a gentle nature and are not a problem to feed. This makes them generally one of the easiest types of snake to care for in captivity.
Garter Snakes: Their Natural History and Care in Captivity provides the reader with all the necessary practical information on how to care for and breed Garter Snakes. Housing, heating, feeding, handling, health care and husbandry are all fully dealt with. In addition, all aspects of their natural history are covered, including distribution in the wild, behaviour, diet and reproduction.
Accompanying the text are informative line illustrations, maps to show the distribution of the 13 major species habitats in North America and a section of striking colour photographs.
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Roger Sweeney is now Livestock Manager at the famous wildlife park 'Birdworld', at Farnham in Surrey. He has worked with a wide variety of aviary birds and terraria animals in several collections and writes from practical experience.