Spectacular Snakes of Australia

Spectacular Snakes of Australia

by Michael Cermak


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• Beautiful four-color photographs on every page
• Covers an extraordinary range of snake species

This book showcases snakes as beautiful creatures that play an important role in ecology. It portrays—up close and personal—most of the species found in Australia, such as tiger snakes, copperheads, brown snakes, death adders and sea snakes. It also includes some unique photographs that offer a rare glimpse into their lives, such as the hatching of scrub pythons.

With informative text based on the latest research, readers will gain an understanding of the reproductive biology, behavior, predators and prey of these reptiles, as well as their habitat and conservation values. They will explore the importance of colors and patterns in allowing snakes to blend into their environment, their defense and attack mechanisms, and the adaptations they have undergone to cope with their surroundings. In addition, the author provides some anecdotes on his encounters with snakes, and clears up a few myths regarding snake behavior.

Richly illustrated with exceptional photographs, Spectacular Snakes of Australia describes the deadly serious as well as the quirky—from snakes that love water to those with potent venom, and even snakes that are blind! This book is a real treat for any snake lover.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780643095946
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Publication date: 06/28/2009
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: (w) x 8.75(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Michael Cermak is a professional zoologist and wildlife photographer with 25 years’ experience photographing rainforest wildlife.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Preface; BIODAE: The Dry Country Dwellers; Giants and Midgets; The Migrants from Papua New Guinea; Colours and Patterns; Water-Loving Pythons; Pythons from the Top End; ACROCHORDIDAE: Living in Fresh Water; COLUBRIDAE: The Frog Hunters; Amongst the Branches; Rainbow at Night; TYPHLOPIDAE: Blind Snakes; ELAPIDAE: The Three Taipans; Tiger Snakes; An Island of Black Giants; Copperheads; Brown Snakes; The Masters of Camouflage; Are All Snakes Black?; A New Discovery; The Elegant Trio; The Fastest Snakes; The Temperamental One; The Rest; Sea Snakes and Sea Kraits; Glossary; Index.

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