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The new encyclopedia of snakes

Author: Chris Mattison
Publisher: Princeton, N.J : Princeton University Press, [2007] ©2007
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Revised and updated editionView all editions and formats
The subject of this narrative is the generic snake. Intended for amateur herpetologists and general naturalists the work treats the origin, evolution and classification of snakes and then discusses morphology and function, how and where snakes live (habitat, adaptations and world patterns), feeding, defense, and reproduction. A chapter deals with the relationships of snakes and humans, and there are sections on  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Encyclopedias
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Mattison, Christopher.
New encyclopedia of snakes.
Princeton, N.J : Princeton University Press, ©2007
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Chris Mattison
ISBN: 9780691132952 069113295X
OCLC Number: 170972910
Notes: Revised and updated edition of: Encyclopedia of snakes. 1995.
Description: 272 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 29 cm
Contents: The origins and evolution of snakes. Defining snakes ; Origins and evolution of snakes ; Modern snake classification --
Morphology and function. Size and shape ; Colour ; Skin and scales ; Locomotion ; Senses ; Internal anatomy --
How snakes live. The physical environment ; The biological environment --
Where snakes live. Habitats ; Adaptations of habitats ; World patterns of distribution --
Feeding. Types of food ; Methods of hunting ; Overpowering prey ; Swallowing and digestion --
Defence. Predators of snakes ; Defence strategies --
Reproduction. The reproductive cycle ; Breeding seasons ; Mating systems ; Gestation ; Egg laying and birth ; Incubation ; Hatching ; Growth and development ; Reproductive strategies --
Snakes and humans. Snake myths and snake worship ; Current attitudes ; Exploitation of snakes ; Conservation ; Studying snakes ; Snakes in captivity --
Taxonomy. Classification ; Nomenclature : How snakes are named --
The classification of snakes. Anomalepididae ; Leptotyphlopidae ; Typhlopidae ; Anomochilidae ; Aniliidae ; Cylindrophiidae ; Uropeltidae ; Loxocemidae ; Xenopeltidae ; Boidae ; Pythonidae ; Bolyeriidae ; Tropidophiidae ; Xenophidiidae ; Acrochordidae ; Viperidae ; Atractaspididae ; Colubridae ; Elapidae.
Other Titles: Encyclopedia of snakes
Responsibility: Chris Mattison.
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Organized thematically, this book addresses the origin and evolution of snakes; their morphology and function; how and where they live; their methods of feeding, defense, and reproduction; their  Read more...


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"Learn about snakes from around the world, the relationships between the species, snake biology--how and where they live, feed and reproduce--and how they interact with humans. This updated edition Read more...

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