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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: TFH Publications,U.S.; 1 edition (Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793828805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793828807
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 0.8 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,015,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Philip Purser is a literature instructor living with his wife in Bethlehem, Georgia. He is an avid herp and fish hobbyist, having authored many articles and books on these and other topics. He spends much of his time photographing wildlife.


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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.
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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.
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bought 3 books on-line
all were good quality
and very usefull,but
this book way the best of the lot
very easy to understand for a novice
would recommend this book to anyone.
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Very informative introduction for a beginner to snake keeping. Has given me a grounding from which to do further research. great product which I am sure I will refer back to may times.
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars 17 reviews
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book of its kind 4 May 2006
By Derek - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
One of the most reader-friendly and authoritative books of its kind Ive ever read. Not only does this book give a solid outline of the natural history of these snakes, but it also answers (Thoroughly!) all the questions/issues that might arise in the captive care/breeding of the corn and rat snakes.

The author, Phil Purser, is an authority on these snakes whom I once had the honor of meeting at a university lecture; his name on a book about herps is a definite stamp-of-quality.

If you have to buy a corn snake book, THIS IS THE ONE!!!!

~Derek
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginner corn snake owners! 24 Feb. 2009
By Angela Calabrese - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book a couple of weeks before getting my first snake, and I was very glad I did! This book is very easy to understand, was interesting to read, and answered all my questions. I work at a pet store and I recommended it to all customers thinking about getting a corn snake. I even recommend it to young readers because it is so user friendly.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very complete 17 Dec. 2006
By D. Jacobson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I feel that this book is very complete and extremely helpful. If you own or are interested in corns pick this up because it will be helpful, also the offer lists some considerations before purchasing a corn which is great to see.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book on corn snakes as pets 8 Feb. 2012
By Florida Outdoors Guy - Published on Amazon.com
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As someone who kept snakes as pets as a child, and now in my 40's have picked up interest in the hobby again, I found this book to be both practical for the newcomer as well as detailed enough for an experienced hobbyist.

It is not one of those general pet guide books where they give you the basic care requirements in boilerplate text and insert a few pictures of the species in question (unfortunately a lot of the TFH books of the past did this.) This book was written from the ground up as a complete care guide to corn snakes, perhaps the very best species of pet snake out there. At 128 pages including the index, this is not a huge investment of time to read, and writing style is both easy as it is informative.

While there is a HUGE emphasis on ball pythons out there right now, the corn is a beautiful, intelligent animal that deserves the attention of anyone serious about acquiring a pet snake. This book will help you to keep and raise a healthy, attractive pet that you will be able to enjoy for years without having to wrry about the impact on the environment.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative! 31 July 2011
By Monique J. Gagnier - Published on Amazon.com
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I LOVE this whole TFH line of books!

This book is excellent, great for beginners and great for hobbyists that have been keeping Corn and Rat Snakes for years! This book does provide more information on Corn Snakes but has a small section dedicated to Rat Snakes. The book covers how to create the perfect environment for your snake, how to feed it, how to breed it and everything in between. I highly suggest this book!!!
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