on 13 July 2014
This is a good, broad-based introduction to North American ratsnakes, primarily corns but be wary of making it your only reference for keeping these popular snakes. I'd recommend making much wider research into things like husbandry as this book is far from complete and has some odd omissions.
For instance, the housing section covers how to house your snake in glass aquariums, sweater boxes and acrylic (plastic) terrariums. No mention of properly-vented vivariums actually designed for snakes. The heating section covers heat mats, rocks, incandescent lighting and ceramic heat emitters without ever mentioning thermostats. By following the advice in this book, you could house a snake in an old fishtank with a mesh lid half-covered in cling film to limit evaporation, running ventilation fans to circulate the stale air in the tank, with a spotlight dangling over it providing 8 hours of light and no heat the rest of the time. Goodness knows how you're supposed to attach climbing branches for a 5 foot snake to a sheet of glass, either. Oh, and the author hasn't heard of reptile carpet - the section on using carpet refers to domestic carpet that can't be washed. All in all, I thought this book was written in the 1990's and was surprised by the 2012 publication date, but the references suggest it has drawn heavily on older books.
on 24 July 2011
This is not the best book i've read for the care of Pantherophis etc. It kind of glosses over care and handling but vomits forth with Morphs etc. If you want a book that goes into detail about care etc of this long lived species, look around before purchasing.
It maintains a level of just about ok, but i felt i could get more info from Videojug or Youtube.