Venomous Reptiles of the United States, Canada, and Northern Mexico, Volume 2
2012 Outstanding Academic Title, Choice Magazine
Carl H. and Evelyn M. Ernst have completely revised their landmark reference Venomous Reptiles of North America to present the most comprehensive review of these animals in years.
The first volume contains species accounts of the venomous lizards and elapid and viperid snakes found north of Mexico's twenty-fifth parallel. Volume 2 of this definitive work covers the twenty-one species of the genus Crotalus found in the United States, Canada, and, for the first time, those found in northern Mexico.
Mixing their own research with careful data description and intriguing stories, Ernst and Ernst present the most accurate and interesting view of North America’s rattlesnakes available. They provide general background information on Crotalus, including venom delivery systems, how rattles function, what rattlesnakes eat, and what eats rattlesnakes. Additionally, they offer specific and fascinating details, such as observations of rattlesnakes swimming to offshore islands, accounts of male combat bouts, possible "anting" behavior in Crotalus viridis, and the features of the Santa Catalina Island rattleless rattlesnake. Each species account includes vivid photographs, range maps, and explanations of the limits to their respective distribution.
Presenting the latest research on venomous reptiles in the United States, Canada, and northern Mexico and featuring an extensive bibliography of literature on the subject, this volume contains a wealth of information for anyone with an interest in venom, snakes, or herpetology in general.
About the Authors
Carl H. Ernst, professor emeritus at George Mason University and a research associate at the Smithsonian Institution, is coauthor of Turtles of the United States and Canada, also published by Johns Hopkins. Until her recent retirement, Evelyn M. Ernst taught high school chemistry and biology and was an administrator with the National Science Resources Center. Together they wrote Snakes of the United States and Canada.
"A well written and detailed reference book... covering topics of great interest to both reptile enthusiast and the professional herpetologist alike."
"This book has more information on these reptiles than I have ever seen in a book. Carl Ernst and Evelyn Ernst were great in compiling the information to make this book into an amazing and informational read. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars."
"These fascinating books cover all the venomous lizards and snakes... An essential purchase for academic and large public libraries, and a very worthwhile acquisition for smaller libraries."
"The second volume of the comprehensive herpetology reference Venomous Reptiles of the United States, Canada, and Northern Mexico is a 'must' recommendation for any college-level science holding serious about herpetology."
"Venomous Reptiles of the United States, Canada, and Northern Mexico: Crotalus, Volume 2 completes this invaluable reference work. It will be the standard reference for herpetologists, and a source of fascination for enthusiasts."
"This two-volume set is by far the most complete, thoroughly researched, and accurate work on North American venomous reptiles yet published... Essential."
"Venomous Reptiles of the United States, Canada, and Northern Mexico represents the latest research on these animals and includes the most extensive bibliography of literature on the subject. Anyone with an interest in venom, snakes, or herpetology in general will find a wealth of information within the pages of these impressive volumes."
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