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.
Whit Gibbons, an ecologist at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, has written over a dozen popular and scientific books and booklets on the reptiles and amphibians of the United States. 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.