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The Garter Snakes: Evolution and Ecology (Animal Natural History) Hardcover – Sep 1996


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press (Sep 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806128208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806128207
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,396,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The first comprehensive review of the garter snake in nearly 90 years featuring color photographs of each species and presentations of the lesser known varieties of Mexican garters. The text discusses the ecology, behavior, captive care, systematics, and natural history of the 30 different garters now recognized by experts, and is designed to be ac

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If you keep garters this book is a fantastic resource. OK, so it's expensive to buy in the UK and it was published 15 years ago. But, it contains so much information about the species known at the time it was published.
This is an academic book, it's not a coffee table book with lots of big photos, it's not written in a dumbed-down way. If you want to learn more about garter snakes and can deal with an academic writing-style - this is the book for you.
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This wonderful compendium of gartersnake information is a treasure for lovers of Thamnophis. The color plates are wonderful, and the biological information is fascinating. Who would have guessed that some garters actually brumate (hibernate) in water? A great gift for any gartersnake keeper.
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An essential reference 16 Aug 2001
By Jonathan Crowe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
For anyone interested in garter snakes, this book is the Holy Grail. Its chapters summarize a tremendous amount of work done on the genus, and make this book the one reference to consult first when doing any research on garters. It covers all thirty species, including many from Mexico and Central America for which data is limited and that I had never heard of before. I'm very pleased with it, and refer to it often.
But bear in mind that this a scientific monograph. As monographs go it is surprisingly accessible, but it does not pull any scholarly punches, and some parts of it will be beyond some readers, particularly children. The species key, for example, refers to measurements that no amateur or casual observer would be able to make, but it does so in order to be correct rather than easy.
That garter snake researchers need to own a copy of it goes without saying; amateurs with a serious interest in garters ought to buy it as well.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The only "must-have" snake book 20 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
There is far too much information in this book to be summarized in a review. Suffice it to say that the book is fascinating: the writing is clear, the conclusions sound, and the research extensive. For most other varieties of snake--other colubrids, boidae, vipers, even elapids--there is no shortage of books, and books covering even individual species are plentiful (think how many books are devoted exclusively to Boa constrictor ssp., for example). And while most of these books are worth reading once, the majority say little that all the others don't say, too. Garter snakes, however, seldom rate more than a paragraph or two in any snake book, and there are very few books devoted exclusively to garters (I can think of only one, offhand). This book, however, gives garters the attention--and gives the reader the information--that the species deserves. If one is a ratsnake enthusiast, or a python person, or mad about milksnakes, there are plenty of books worth reading, but few that are indispensable. If one is a breeder, researcher, or simply an interested layperson regarding garter snakes, however, this book is one that simply cannot be done without.
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Any garter enthusiast will want this in their library 29 Jun 1999
By snakelady@home.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This wonderful compendium of gartersnake information is a treasure for lovers of Thamnophis. The color plates are wonderful, and the biological information is fascinating. Who would have guessed that some garters actually brumate (hibernate) in water? A great gift for any gartersnake keeper.
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Must have for those interested in Thamnophis 16 Nov 2010
By Smoochy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
While this books has slowly become slightly out of date over the last fifteen years of its existence, it still contains very valuable information. Not only are life history traits and measurements given in adequate detail, but taxonomic history is presented in a very accessible manner. The reference section is well put together, as are the detailed range maps. It is clear that the authors put a lot of time into constructing a thoughtful, well organized book that would stand the test of time.

The more I reference this book the more I notice oddities. The bottom margin on the book is huge! Almost a third of each page is unused.
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