Snakes of the Southeast

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University of Georgia Press, 2005 - Nature - 253 pages
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Fifty-two kinds of snakes can be found in the Southeast, almost half of all species native to North America. Filled with more than 300 color photographs and written by two of the region’s most renowned herpetologists, this is the most comprehensive educational guide to the snakes of the Southeast.

At the heart of the guide are its heavily illustrated, fact-filled descriptions of each species and its habitat. Also included is a wealth of general information about the importance of snake conservation and the biology, diversity, and life cycles of snakes. Useful information about the interactions of humans and snakes is also covered: species that are likely to be found near houses, snakes as pets, what to do in case of a snake bite, and more.

Clearly written, cleanly designed, and fun to use, the guide will promote a better understanding of the habitat needs of, and environmental challenges to, this fascinating group of animals.


  • Conservation-oriented approach
  • Over 300 color photographs
  • Nearly 50 distribution maps
  • Clear descriptions of each species, including differences in the appearance of young and mature snakes
  • Size charts, key identifiers (scales, body shape, patterns, and color), descriptions of habitat, behavior and activity, food and feeding, reproduction, predators and defense, and conservation

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This is a very interesting book. The details of each snake is what he wanted. The pictures are vivid and description and information is great. I purchased it as a gift and it was highly praised. Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Whit Gibbons is a professor of ecology emeritus at the University of Georgia and the head of the Environmental Outreach and Education Program at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. Mike Dorcas, a biologist at Davidson College, is author of A Guide to the Snakes of North Carolina. Gibbons and Dorcas are coauthors of North American Watersnakes.

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