Australian Snakes: A Natural History

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Cornell University Press, 1995 - Nature - 224 pages
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Drawing on years of experience and an impressive grasp of the literature, Richard Shine covers the day-to-day lives of snakes, discussing their anatomy, evolution, and habitat, and describing their behavior, sex habits, life history, and diet.
 

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I was very pleased to add this book to my small herpetological library. Very well written and illustrated, by the well known Australian Herpetologist Rick Shine. Any of Rick's books have been worthy of inclusion and this one was rightly a prize winner. Clearly laid out and well indexed with a lot of up to date knowledge included. The well written chapters are a pleasure to dip into and the superb photographs complement each article. There are also included some first class line drawings and this book showed the way forward for later publications to follow, exiting without being sensational. A book I return to again and again. If I ever get round to writing a book about reptiles then this would be the format for me! 

Contents

Preface
7
The Evolution of Snakes
28
Where Snakes Live
56
The Behaviour of Snakes
74
Chapters The Sex Lives of Snakes
102
Snake Life Histories
128
What Snakes
146
Snakes and Humans
172
Appendix
208
Index
221
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Rick Shine, AM FAA, is a Laureate Fellow of the Australian Research Council and Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Sydney. In 2015, he was named President-Elect of the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles.

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