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Ball Pythons: The History, Natural History, Care, and Breeding [Hardcover]

David G. Barker , Tracy M. Barker


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5.0 out of 5 stars Book Description 27 Feb 2007
By Zoo Book Sales - Published on Amazon.com
The most detailed and comprehensive book ever written about one species of snake. Twenty chapters are devoted to general topics of interest and importance to keepers and breeders of ball pythons. A comprehensive bibliography lists articles, papers, and books written about the species. Includes carefully researched and detailed information relevant to the maintenance and breeding of all species of snakes. All snake keepers-hobbyists and scientists, professionals and beginners-will find this book a treasure. 320 pp. Hardcover w/DJ individually boxed.

At this time, ball pythons have an unprecedented popularity around the world. Authors Dave and Tracy Barker are keepers renowned in the world community of herpetoculture; they are biologists with decades of hands-on experience with pythons. Their expertise and success in working with pythons are unequaled. The Barkers have kept and bred more species of pythons than any other facility or institution. They bring to this book a rare consolidation of herpetoculture and herpetology, combined with their obvious affection for pythons.

Twenty chapters are devoted to general topics of interest and importance to keepers and breeders of ball pythons. A comprehensive bibliography lists articles, papers, and books written about the species. And because of the book's breadth of information, all snake keepers-hobbyists and scientists, professionals and beginners-will find this book a treasure of carefully researched and detailed information relevant to the maintenance and breeding of all species of snakes.

Ball pythons are beautiful snakes, and the book is illustrated throughout with informative and fascinating figures and images. The extraordinary variations of color and pattern for which ball pythons are known and selectively bred are showcased in a gallery featuring some of the most beautiful snakes in the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The must-have ball python book 3 Mar 2008
By Margot Early - Published on Amazon.com
Excellent and comprehensive with many beautiful photographs. This book is detailed, extremely well-written and edited and utterly readable. The authors cover everything from ball python worship in West Africa to tips on incubating eggs. Every experienced and beginning ball python owner should have this book. The authors warn against perils from seemingly innocuous features of your snake's habitat (for instance, how a young snake can get stuck--and die--in a piece of pipe larger than his body). A bit of tongue-in-cheek humor as well. The only drawback is the use of tiny grey (!?!?) text that appears beneath plates. Reading glasses and a good flashlight help here, and it's no reason to pass up this outstanding text. This is wisdom from masters in the art of ball python husbandry. Buy this book; it's worth every penny, and you owe it to your snake.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books on Ball Pythons 18 Dec 2007
By D. Alpert - Published on Amazon.com
The Barkers, who wrote this book, are one of the best in the business. This, along with Kevin McCurley's book, should be staples in any ball python breeder's library. This book is massive, and the pictures of the morphs alone are worth buying the book. However, I must point out, you can buy this book cheaper from VPI directly.
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