The Snakes of Trinidad and Tobago (Google eBook)

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Texas A&M University Press, 2001 - Nature - 270 pages
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Scientific fact meets island folklore as Hans E. A. Boos presents more than sixty species of snakes found in the twin-island independent Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago. The culmination of thirty years of collecting and observing the snakes of these islands, The Snakes of Trinidad and Tobago provides in-depth information about these often feared and misunderstood creatures.

Boos describes each unique species of snake found on the two islands, including local names from two centuries back. Species accounts come complete with tales -- both documented and apocryphal -- of human encounters with the more dangerous island snakes. Forty-eight color plates aid in identification.

While tiny Tobago is mercifully devoid of poisonous snakes, Trinidad hosts four venomous species, including coral snakes and the notorious bushmaster. Boos refutes many of the myths about these deadly but usually nonaggressive snakes with information about their habits and behavior and gives information about what to do -- and what not to do -- in the event of a bite. Boos also discusses intriguing folk medicine cures such as the Belgian Black Stone, sure to work only if a bite was harmless to begin with.

The Snakes of Trinidad and Tobago will find an audience among herpetologists, ecologists, and other scientists concerned about the snakes and wildlife of Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean, and South America. It will also appeal to general readers interested in snakes and in Caribbean folklore.

  

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Contents

Introduction
3
Taxonomy and Species Accounts
35
LeptotyphlopidaeThread Snakes
38
TyphlopidaeBlind Snakes
41
AniliidaePipe Snakes
46
BoidaeBoas and Pythons
49
ColubridaeHarmless Snakes
84
Xenodontinae
85
ElapidaeCoral Snakes Cobras Mambas
142
ViperidaePit Vipers Mapepires
154
Antidotes and Anecdotes
179
The Belgian Black Stone
221
Identifying Large Diurnal Mostly Black Snakes in Trinidad and Tobago
223
Glossary
225
References
229
Index
259

Dipsadinae
110
Colubrinae
119

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About the author (2001)

Hans E. A. Boos is former curator of the Emperor Valley Zoo, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, and is currently with Bushmaster Treks and Tours. He has published numerous articles on island fauna and has lectured and consulted on wildlife issues. Boos is a member of the Field Naturalists' Club of Trinidad and Tobago, the Society of the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, and the Societas Europaea Herpetologica.

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