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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; New ed of Abridged ed edition (1 July 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520040392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520040397
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,510,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Combines solid scientific reference material, which is not too technical for the layman to understand, with popular natural history, folklore about rattlesnakes and about their bites, and rattlesnake stories from credible and incredible sources. A wonderfully interesting book."--"Tucson Star

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Laurence M. Klauber was an electrical engineer who began seriously studying reptiles in his forties. He volunteered to become the San Diego Zoo's first Curator of Reptiles, and his fascination with snakes and lizards eventually brought him international scientific recognition. He died in 1968 at the age of eighty-four. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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By J. Eaton VINE VOICE on 7 Oct. 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Without a doubt this two volume work, written by the amateur American Herpetologist, L.M.Klauber, is a masterpiece of research.
Dated it may be (University of California Press 1956) but outstanding it still remains. When first published, after many years of dedicated and poverty stricken research Laurence Klauber, already well known in reptile loving circles for his immaculate research, became a world wide over night sensation. He had originally only meant to cobble together some Rattlesnake identity cards for naturalists in the field, His research however became endless and his family had to endure years of hardship, plus a basement full of live Rattlers that formed part of his study group! Eventually it all paid of and this monumental work was the result. The two volumes were soon being stocked by Universities everywhere and Laurence Klauber was, from then on, much in demand.
Here is a quick peek at some of the chapters and subjects covered in the books.-Check list of rattlesnakes, Key to the Rattlesnakes of Canada. Key to the Rattlesnakes East of the Mississippi River, Key to the Rattlesnakes West of the M river. Key to the rattlesnakes of Mexico.. California..Central and South America. and so on. Paleontology of the Rattlesnakes The rattle- function, origin of, sound of, speed of vibration. etc. The contents list is ten pages long and the two volumes cover everything and anything to do with Rattlesnakes and their effect on mankind.
The work is long out of print but Amazon can still find second hand copies for sale at various prices and conditions. I have personally been enamoured of the work since I hand copied notes from the Liverpool Reference Library copy, back in the 60's, before the wonder of photo copiers!
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By A Customer on 14 Aug. 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is by far the best book on the subject of rattlesnakes ever written. I am so glad they made a second edition. Everything you ever wanted to know about rattlesnakes is in this book.
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decades after it's publication, still the best! 22 July 2004
By W. Paul W. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is still the best book on rattlesnakes, decades after it was published. That alone ought to stand as a testament to the value this book has. The author brought an incredibly analytical mind to this book, and it shows. Some of the medical information is out of date, as is some of the taxonomy, but much on the habitats, morphology, ecology, interaction with man, etc. still holds true.

His work on the rattlesnakes strike, on comparitive morphology of the two genera, etc. still stand. This book covers rattlesnakes in incredible depth, going over every detail of these serpents. It's a godsend for those of us interested in rattlers. This book leaves no stone unturned (herping joke, sorry). It covers it's subject matter completly and professionally, and is well worth having on the bookshelf as a reference. If you like rattlers, or for that matter find zoology interesting, this book is a worthwhile read. If only more herpetological text were near as thorough as this one...
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A truly interesting book 11 July 2002
By Richard L Gallager - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I read this book in the mid 90's just for the heck of it, and found it to be wonderful. The style is neither dryly academic nor breathlessly tabloid, but just right. The text answers almost all possible questions about rattlesnake life, legends, myths, and taxonomy that one could think of. It is one of the few books I have read that could be used as either a reference or vacation book.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Klauber rules! 19 July 2002
By Kay Fielding - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Anything and everything you need to know about these great reptiles! Status, morphology, the rattle, bodily functions, behavior, population and ecology, food, reproduction, venom apparatus, envenomation and its effects, treatment and prevention of envenomation, control an utilization, enemies of rattlesnakes, Indians and rattlesnakes, post-Columbian knowledge of rattlesnakes, myths, folklore and tall stories.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Best book on rattlesnakes ever written. 14 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is by far the best book on the subject of rattlesnakes ever written. I am so glad they made a second edition. Everything you ever wanted to know about rattlesnakes is in this book.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Book 13 Nov. 2005
By Michael Clarkson - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the Rattle Snake Bible. Klauber was not only the head of the San Diego Zoos reptile house for many years, he still is referenced in association with rattlesnakes as the formost expert years after his death and it is well deserved. His research was ground breaking (although now it seems elementary in some ways I.E. his heat pit research.) and interesting to read. Its no wonder they chose to name the banded rock rattle snake in his honor (crotalus viridis klauberii).
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