Rattlesnakes: Their Habits, Life Histories, and Influence on Mankind, Volume 1

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University of California Press, 1997 - Nature - 1533 pages
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This virtual encyclopedia of the rattlesnake became a natural history sensation when it was first published in 1956. The republication of the Second Edition, with a new foreword by Harry W. Greene, will give amateur and professional herpetologists alike reason to rejoice. Volume 1 covers taxonomy, physiology, and behavior; Volume 2 concentrates on the rattlesnake's interactions with other organisms, including humans. Klauber's detailed and thorough study is still one of the most complete rattlesnake references ever published.Greene's Foreword discusses the initial impact and continuing value of Klauber's work and recounts some of the advances in knowledge of rattlesnake biology during the past 25 years. Also included is an update of rattlesnake taxonomy.
  

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Contents

POISON APPARATUS
741
THE BITE AND ITS EFFECTS
829
TREATMENT AND PREVENTION OF THE BITE
892
Cauterization
900
Oils and Fats
921
Antivenin
942
Recommended Treatment for Rattlesnake Bite
955
The Prevention of Rattlesnake Bite
961
ENEMIES OF RATTLESNAKES
1064
INDIANS AND RATTLESNAKES
1116
POSTCOLUMBIAN KNOWLEDGE OF RATTLESNAKES
1220
MYTHS FOLKLORE AND TALL STORIES
1245
BIBLIOGRAPHY
1293
SUPPLEMENTAL BIBLIOGRAPHY
1434
INDEX
1459
Copyright

CONTROL AND UTILIZATION
1005

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About the author (1997)

Laurence M. Klauber was an electrical engineer who began seriously studying reptiles in his forties. He volunteered to become the San Diego Zoo's first Curator of Reptiles, and his fascination with snakes and lizards eventually brought him international scientific recognition. He died in 1968 at the age of eighty-four.

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