Series: Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book
392 pages, 385+ colour photos, 68 illustrations, 64 colour distribution maps
More than sixty species of snakes are found in the eastern United States, the region of highest biodiversity of all reptiles and amphibians in North America. In this brand new guide, stunning photographs, colorful geographic range maps, and comprehensive written accounts provide essential information about each species – including detailed identification characteristics, general ecology and behavior, and conservation status. Carefully researched and written by two expert herpetologists, Snakes of the Eastern United States is directed toward a general audience interested in natural history.
Additional information supports the already fact-filled snake species profiles. A chapter on urban and suburban snake ecology focuses on species most commonly found in some of the country's largest cities and residential settings. A chapter on snake conservation includes information on threats faced by native species in many regions of the eastern United States. Another chapter provides the latest updates on the status of invasive species of pythons and boa constrictors that have now become naturalized permanent residents in certain areas of the country. This is the most accessible and informative guide to snakes of the eastern United States available anywhere.
"Snakes of the Eastern United States is extraordinarily informative about snake biology and impresses on the reader that snakes are an integral part of the natural world we share with them. This book will go far toward educating the public and encouraging everyone to respect these intriguing creatures."
– Jim Fowler, Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom
"I have always enjoyed learning about snakes and found this book to be the best source I have seen to continue doing so. Great job with awesome illustrations."
– Jeff Corwin, Animal Planet
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Mike Dorcas, a professor of biology at Davidson College, USA is author of A Guide to the Snakes of North Carolina and coauthor of Invasive Pythons in the United States (with John D. Willson).
Whit Gibbons is a professor emeritus of ecology at the University of Georgia and the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, USA. He is the author of Keeping All the Pieces (Georgia).
Dorcas and Gibbons are coauthors of Frogs and Toads of the Southeast.