The garter snakes : evolution and ecology / by Douglas A. Rossman, Neil B. Ford, and Richard A. Seigel.

By: Rossman, Douglas Athon, 1936-Contributor(s): Ford, Neil B | Seigel, Richard AMaterial type: TextTextSeries: Animal natural history series: v. 2.Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, c1996Description: xx, 332 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 26 cmISBN: 0806128208 (alk. paper); 9780806128207 (alk. paper)Subject(s): Garter snakesDDC classification: 597.96 LOC classification: QL666.O636 | R67 1996
Contents:
Introduction / Douglas A. Rossman, Neil B. Ford and Richard A. Seigel -- Ch. 1. Taxonomy and Relationships of Garter Snakes / Douglas A. Rossman -- Ch. 2. Chronological Lists of the New Genus, Species, and Subspecies Names Proposed for Garter Snakes / Douglas A. Rossman -- Ch. 3. Key to the Species and Subspecies of Thamnophis / Douglas A. Rossman -- Ch. 4. Ecology and Conservation of Garter Snakes: Masters of Plasticity / Richard A. Seigel -- Ch. 5. Behavior of Garter Snakes / Neil B. Ford -- Ch. 6. Care in Captivity / Neil B. Ford.
Summary: The Garter Snakes: Evolution and Ecology is the first comprehensive review of the genus Thamnophis in nearly ninety years. The book includes color plates of all species (many never previously figured in color); extensive discussion of ecology, behavior, and captive care; and a modern key to all species - as well as species-by-species summaries of the systematics and natural history of the thirty different garter snakes now recognized. Of particular interest are the.Summary: descriptions of lesser-known species in Mexico. Because interest in reptiles has grown dramatically in recent years, this comprehensive guide is designed to appeal to as wide an audience as possible - to both the professional herpetologist interested in the biology of Thamnophis and the hobbyist who wants to know more about these diverse and widespread snakes, both in the home aquarium and in the wild. This up-to-date, appealing book, written by the world's leading.Summary: authorities, will be extremely useful not only to herpetologists but also to conservationists, ecologists, pet owners, and other readers generally interested in natural history.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 285-325) and index.

Introduction / Douglas A. Rossman, Neil B. Ford and Richard A. Seigel -- Ch. 1. Taxonomy and Relationships of Garter Snakes / Douglas A. Rossman -- Ch. 2. Chronological Lists of the New Genus, Species, and Subspecies Names Proposed for Garter Snakes / Douglas A. Rossman -- Ch. 3. Key to the Species and Subspecies of Thamnophis / Douglas A. Rossman -- Ch. 4. Ecology and Conservation of Garter Snakes: Masters of Plasticity / Richard A. Seigel -- Ch. 5. Behavior of Garter Snakes / Neil B. Ford -- Ch. 6. Care in Captivity / Neil B. Ford.

The Garter Snakes: Evolution and Ecology is the first comprehensive review of the genus Thamnophis in nearly ninety years. The book includes color plates of all species (many never previously figured in color); extensive discussion of ecology, behavior, and captive care; and a modern key to all species - as well as species-by-species summaries of the systematics and natural history of the thirty different garter snakes now recognized. Of particular interest are the.

descriptions of lesser-known species in Mexico. Because interest in reptiles has grown dramatically in recent years, this comprehensive guide is designed to appeal to as wide an audience as possible - to both the professional herpetologist interested in the biology of Thamnophis and the hobbyist who wants to know more about these diverse and widespread snakes, both in the home aquarium and in the wild. This up-to-date, appealing book, written by the world's leading.

authorities, will be extremely useful not only to herpetologists but also to conservationists, ecologists, pet owners, and other readers generally interested in natural history.

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This is a finely crafted effort by three professional herpetologists and academics on one of the most widely distributed groups of snakes in North America. The discussion on the taxonomy and evolution of garter snakes includes clear explanations of the characters on which the taxonomy is based, and a dichotomous key to the 30 species and their subspecies that occur in North America. Another section is devoted to ecology, behavior, and captive care, and a final section provides individual species accounts including a taxonomic synonymy identifying characteristics, life history and ecology, ideas on care and maintenance in captivity, and conservation status. The 90 exquisite color plates show not only species and subspecies but also various color morphs that occur regionally. The text is concise, easily understood, and sprinkled with high quality tables, graphs, illustrations, and distribution maps. These along with the 40 pages of cited references and a glossary make this a most welcome book to the professional herpetologist as well as to libraries supporting programs in vertebrate biology, herpetology, or ecology. Upper-division undergraduates; graduate students; faculty. H. N. Cunningham Jr. Pennsylvania State University, Behrend College

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