Venomous Reptiles of the United States, Canada, and Northern Mexico: Volume 2 - <I>  Crotalus</I>

Venomous Reptiles of the United States, Canada, and Northern Mexico: Volume 2 - Crotalus

By: Carl H. Ernst (author), Evelyn M. Ernst (author)Hardback

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Carl H. and Evelyn M. Ernst have completely revised their landmark reference Venomous Reptiles of North America to present the most comprehensive review of these animals in years. The first volume contains species accounts of the venomous lizards and elapid and viperid snakes found north of Mexico's twenty-fifth parallel. Volume 2 of this definitive work covers the twenty-one species of the genus Crotalus found in the United States, Canada, and, for the first time, those found in northern Mexico. Mixing their own research with careful data description and intriguing stories, Ernst and Ernst present the most accurate and interesting view of North America's rattlesnakes available. They provide general background information on Crotalus, including venom delivery systems, how rattles function, what rattlesnakes eat, and what eats rattlesnakes. Additionally, they offer specific and fascinating details, such as observations of rattlesnakes swimming to offshore islands, accounts of male combat bouts, possible "anting" behavior in Crotalus viridis, and the features of the Santa Catalina Island rattleless rattlesnake. Each species account includes vivid photographs, range maps, and explanations of the limits to their respective distribution. Presenting the latest research on venomous reptiles in the United States, Canada, and northern Mexico and featuring an extensive bibliography of literature on the subject, this volume contains a wealth of information for anyone with an interest in venom, snakes, or herpetology in general.

About Author

Carl H. Ernst, professor emeritus at George Mason University and a research associate at the Smithsonian Institution, is coauthor of Turtles of the United States and Canada, also published by Johns Hopkins. Until her recent retirement, Evelyn M. Ernst taught high school chemistry and biology and was an administrator with the National Science Resources Center. Together they wrote Snakes of the United States and Canada.


PrefaceIntroductionList of AbbreviationsVenomEnvenomation by North American ReptilesTreatment of Envenomation by ReptilesConservation of Venomous North American ReptilesIdentification of the Venomous Reptiles of Canada, the United States, and Northern MexicoKey to the Families of North American Venomous ReptilesHelodermatidae: Beaded Lizards and Gila MonstersHeloderma horridum, Beaded LizardHeloderma suspectum, Gila MonsterElapidae: Elapid SnakesMicruroides euryxanthus, Western CoralsnakeMicrurus distans, West Mexican CoralsnakeMicrurus fulvius, Harlequin CoralsnakeMicrurus tener, Texas CoralsnakePelamis platura, Yellow-bellied SeasnakeViperidae: Viperid SnakesAgkistrodon bilineatus, CantilAgkistrodon contortrix, CopperheadAgkistrodon piscivorus, CottonmouthAgkistrodon taylori, Taylor's CantilSistrurus catenatus, MassasaugaSistrurus miliarius, Pygmy RattlesnakeGlossary of Scientific NamesBibliographyIndex to Common and Scientific Names

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  • ISBN13: 9780801898761
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 424
  • ID: 9780801898761
  • weight: 1043
  • ISBN10: 0801898765

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