The authors have summarized the natural history and captive maintenance of all species of snakes found in the United States and Canada. They have spent years studying the captive maintenance of over 90% of these species and have researched the literature to provide a summary of natural history for each species discussed. In addition, recent literature regarding the captive maintenance and propagation of many snakes is presented. Furthermore, a tremendous amount of detailed information on unusual species is presented in this book which is not available elsewhere. Convenient and easy to read, the book is also illustrated with over 100 colour pictures and has an extensive bibliography. It is a useful reference for all North American libraries, all veterinary clinics that treat North American snakes, zookeepers and herpetoculturists.