Corn and Rat Snakes (Complete Herp Care) Paperback – 1 Sep 2006
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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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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.
It maintains a level of just about ok, but i felt i could get more info from Videojug or Youtube.
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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!!!!
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.
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!!!