Islands and Snakes contains 13 chapters describing ecological systems with foci on snakes and their ecological roles on islands around the world. Each chapter is written by one or more authors who is an authority on that particular system.
Author: Harvey B. Lillywhite
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Islands and Snakes contains 13 chapters describing ecological systems with foci on snakes and their ecological roles on islands around the world. Each chapter is written by one or more authors who is an authority on that particular system. Summaries of research on the various islands are written in a narrative manner that includes science as well as personal insights in easily understood language. These varied vignettes of science feature islands around the world, and in all cases, fantastic species of snakes and their roles in the community of insular organisms in which they occur. Both challenges and opportunities associated with island life are discussed, as well as the unique attributes of snakes and their conservation as unique and important parts of nature. Chapters include colorful photographs and illustrations, and collectively they convey information on topics that include ecology, behavior, biogeography, physiology, adaptation, and evolutionary biology. An introductory chapter presents a review and perspective on the historical importance of island ecology and how snakes have contributed to our understanding of evolution and adaptation. The other chapters focus on snakes inhabiting islands associated with Asia, Australia, South America, North America, the Caribbean, and Europe. The final chapter features the unique "table top islands" or tepuis of South America as examples of ecological islands where elements of biota have become isolated by geographic features of landscape similarly to oceanic islands.
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Author: Masamitsu Oshima
Publisher: Franklin Classics Trade Press
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A new calamarine snake from the Philippine Islands. Smithson. Misc. Coll. (1908)
50. Describes Cala maria incarmsi from Mindanao. TAYLOR, EDWARD H. Snakes and lizards known from Negros, with descriptions of new species and
Forty-eight color photographs and fifty black-and-white photographs and pieces of line art, most by the author, illustrate the text and aid in identification.
Author: Hans E. A. Boos
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Scientific fact meets island folklore as Hans Boos presents more than sixty species of snakes found in the twin-island independent Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago. The culmination of thirty years of collecting and observing the snakes of these islands, The Snakes of Trinidad and Tobago engagingly informs readers about these often feared and misunderstood creatures. Tracing the contributions of scientists to the evolving taxonomy of the islands' reptiles, Boos describes each unique species of snake found on the two islands, including local names from two centuries back. Species accounts come complete with tales—both documented and apocryphal—of human encounters with the more dangerous island snakes. Forty-eight color photographs and fifty black-and-white photographs and pieces of line art, most by the author, illustrate the text and aid in identification. While tiny Tobago is mercifully devoid of poisonous snakes, Trinidad hosts four venomous species, including coral snakes and the notorious bushmaster. Boos refutes many of the myths about these deadly but usually nonaggressive snakes with information about their habits and behavior. He also writes about the giant anaconda and the boa constrictor, about which many half-truths and fictions abound. All snakes bite, but only a few species are venomous. Boos gives information about what to do—and what not to do—in the event of a bite and discusses intriguing folk medicine cures, such as the Belgian Black Stone, sure to work only if a bite was harmless to begin with. The Snakes of Trinidad and Tobago will find an enthusiastic audience among herpetologists, ecologists, and other scientists concerned about the snakes and wildlife of Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean, and South America. It will also appeal to general readers interested in snakes and in Caribbean folklore.
... of marine snakes known from New Guinea , including the country of Papua
New Guinea , Irian Jaya and the Aru Islands . Mark O ' Shea provided a
comprehensive guide to the marine snakes of Papua New Guinea and
recognised two ...
Author: Harold Heatwole
Publisher: UNSW Press
A description of the varieties and distributions of sea snakes, how they go about their daily lives underwater, what they eat and what eats them. How they reproduce and grow, how they go for long periods without breathing and the nature of their venom. A thorough investation into this fascinating reptile.
watersnakes with island populations (Nerodia sipedon insularum) consisting of
high frequencies of snakes with reduced patterning and mainland populations (N
. s. sipedon) consisting only of regularly patterned snakes (King 1987). Variation
Author: Stephen J. Mullin
Publisher: Cornell University Press
In the first book on snakes written with a focus on conservation, editors Stephen J. Mullin and Richard A. Seigel bring together leading herpetologists to review and synthesize the ecology, conservation, and management of snakes worldwide.
A second harmless Tree Snake Dendrophis calligastra has lately been
discovered near Cape York, and a variety of the Australian Brown Tree Snake
Dipsas fusca extends even to New Ireland. This large island produces a second
Tree Snake ...
Snakes occur virtually throughout the world, occupying suitable habitats on all
continents except Antarctica and such islands as New Zealand, Greenland and
Ireland. Saint Patrick, who ... Most of the island continent' is inhabited by snakes.
Author: Richard Shine
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Drawing on years of experience and an impressive grasp of the literature, Richard Shine covers the day-to-day lives of snakes, discussing their anatomy, evolution, and habitat, and describing their behavior, sex habits, life history, and diet.
On the basis of the distribution of snakes it is evident that the island groups of
Tokara , Amami , Okinawa , Miyako and Yaeyama have received their fauna from
China via Formosa . With only one or two exceptions , the snake genera have
Except for ± 30 taxa, we do not know the true conservation status of West Indian snakes; the herpetofauna is in a state of flux, as are the islands. Factors
contributing to the decline of Antillean snake populations are complex, but nearly
all are ...
Author: Adrian Hailey
Most of the islands of the Caribbean have long histories of herpetological exploration and discovery, and even longer histories of human-mediated environmental degradation. Collectively, they constitute a major biodiversity hotspot – a region rich in endemic species that are threatened with extinction. This two-volume series documents the existing status of herpetofaunas (including sea turtles) of the Caribbean, and highlights conservation needs and efforts. Previous contributions to West Indian herpetology have focused on taxonomy, ecology and evolution, particularly of lizards. This series provides a unique and timely review of the status and conservation of all groups of amphibians and reptiles in the region. This volume introduces the issues particularly affecting Caribbean herpetofaunas, and gives an overview of evolutionary and taxonomic patterns influencing their conservation.
Almost half of allreptiles are snakes. There are 3,000 different species that live all
over the world—only Antarctica and a few islands are snake-free. All snakes are
hunters and about a third of them kill with venom. It might not look like it, but ...
Author: Tom Jackson
Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing LLLP
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
This book engagingly exposes the biggest, fastest, and deadliest snakes on the planet. Readers will find out why snakes smell with their tongues, how they use heat sensors to track prey in the dark, and how they make sure people leave them alone—or else!
If any one inadvertently went into the altar of the snake , ulcers developed on his
body . ... Snake Cult The snakes on Ulawa are not poisonous , and the belief in
the power of snakes to work bodily harm by means of magic may have come ...
Some species of snakes have been introduced in areas to which they are not
native. This has caused great damage :_-1; to the wildlife of those ,8 _ areas. For
example, the "'1 ' 'P " = brown tree snake was is introduced to islands in ' the ...
Author: Sonia Hernandez-Divers
Category: Snakes as pets
This book covers the responsibilities and rewards of keeping a pet snake, including how to care for it, what to feed it, and the equipment needed.
Category A snakes are unbanded ; category B and C snakes are intermediate ;
category D snakes are strongly banded . Snakes on the mainland tend to be
banded ; snakes on the islands tend to be unbanded or intermediate . From
Author: Scott Freeman
Category: Evolution (Biology)
Designed to help readers learn how to "think" like evolutionary biologists, this 4-color book approaches evolutionary biology as a dynamic field of inquiry and as a "process." Using a theme-based approach, it illustrates the interplay between theory, observation, testing and interpretation. It offers commentary on strengths and weaknesses of data sets, gives detailed examples rather than a broad synoptic approach, includes many data graphics and boxes regarding both sides of controversies. Introduces each major organizing theme in evolution through a question--e.g., How has HIV become drug resistant? Why did the dinosaurs, after dominating the land vertebrates for 150 million years, suddenly go extinct? Are humans more closely related to gorillas or to chimpanzees? Focuses on many applied, reader-relevant topics--e.g., evolution and human health, the evolution of senescence, sexual selection, social behavior, eugenics, and biodiversity and conservation. Then develops the strategies that evolutionary biologists use for finding an answers to such questions. Then considers the observations and experiments that test the predictions made by competing hypotheses, and discusses how the data are interpreted. For anyone interested in human evolution, including those working in human and animal health care, environmental management and conservation, primary and secondary education, science journalism, and biological and medical research.
Philippines Vast numbers of laticaudine sea snakes , mainly L semifasciata and L
laticaudata are captured near the islands ( e.g. Gato Island , north of Cebu )
where they go ashore to lay their eggs ( Punay 1975 ) . Their skins are used in
Author: P. Gopalakrishnakone
Publisher: NUS Press
This is the latest book in the Venom and Toxin Series of publications produced by the Venom and Toxin Research Group, National University of Singapore. Containing chapter contributions by international authorities in the field covering some 13 countries in the Asia-Pacific region and lavishly illustrated, the work represents perhaps the most comprehensive and up-to-date material published on the subject in the last 15 years.
Genetic relationships of the Santa Cata- lina Island rattleless rattlesnake.
Crotalus catalinensis ... 153:1-262. . 1982. Blunt-headed vine snakes (Imantodrs)
in Panama, including a new species and other re visionary notes. Amer. Mus.
Author: Harry W. Greene
Publisher: Univ of California Press
In clear, engaging prose, "Snakes" provides an up-to-date summary of every facet of the natural history of snakes--their diversity, evolution, and conservation--and, at the same time, makes a personal statement about why these animals are so compelling. 215 color photos. 3 tables.
The dispersal of the brown tree snake Boiga irregularis from its native range in
the Papua New Guinea region (dashed arrows) and from Guam in the Mariana Islands (solid arrows). Islands to which brown tree snakes are likely to disperse
Author: Christopher Lever
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
This book describes how the various alien reptiles and amphibians now living in the wild throughout the world were first introduced, how they subsequently became naturalized, their present distribution and status in those countries to which they were introduced, and their ecological andsocio-economic impact (if any) on the native biota and local economies. Many species have had a more or less neutral impact, being neither beneficial nor harmful. However, several have had a positive ecological or socio-economic impact, while some such as the cane toad, have had an extremelydestructive effect.The criteria for inclusion of a species are that it should have been imported from its natural range to a new country by human agency (either accidentally or deliberately) and that it should currently be established in the wild in self-maintaining and self-perpetuating populationsunsupported by, and independent of, mankind.