By: Michael Cermak(Author)
120 pages, colour photos
Spectacular Snakes of Australia is of interest to herpetologists, hobby reptile keepers, naturalists, nature photographers and the general public.Spectacular Snakes of Australia showcases snakes as beautiful creatures that play an important role in ecology. It portrays most of the species found in Australia, such as tiger snakes, copperheads, brown snakes, death adders and sea snakes, up close and personal. It also includes some unique photographs that offer a rare glimpse into their lives, such as the hatching of scrub pythons.
With informative text based on the latest research, readers will gain an understanding of the reproductive biology, behaviour, predators and prey of these reptiles, as well as their habitat and conservation values. They will explore the importance of colours and patterns in allowing snakes to blend into their environment, their defence and attack mechanisms, and the adaptations they have undergone to cope with their surroundings. In addition, the author provides some anecdotes on his encounters with snakes, and clears up a few myths regarding snake behaviour.
Richly illustrated with exceptional photographs, Spectacular Snakes of Australia describes the deadly serious as well as the quirky – from snakes that love water to those with potent venom, and even snakes that are blind! Spectacular Snakes of Australia is a real treat for any snake lover.It includes quality photography. A diversity of snakes are covered. All Australian species are featured, except for a few small Elapids. The photography has an artistic angle rather than descriptive as in many other snake books.
"As well as imparting a great deal of factual information from recent decades of research by others, Cermak infuses the text with many anecdotes and facts from his own considerable experience [...] this is precisely the type of book and format that can engender an appreciation of these maligned animals."
- Nick Clemann, Victorian Naturalist, February 2010
"This handsome book captures the wonderment of snakes in all their spectacular forms and lifestyles in Australia. Anyone can buy, read and understand this book."
- Brad Maryan, The Naturalist News, May 2009
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Michael Cermak is a professional zoologist and wildlife photographer with 25 years' experience photographing rainforest wildlife.
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