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Posted by Michael Smith on July 21, 1999 at 16:26:03:
Thought I'd post what new acquisitions we have and what the current holdings are.
After the June meeting, Rick and Hyon Wallace donated a copy of The book of the toad, which is a very enjoyable book with some biological information about toads and fascinating information about how the toad has figured in human cultures and tales. Thanks, Rick and Hyon!
The July meeting was a rich one for the library. Speaker Andrew Price donated a copy of his book Poisonous snakes of Texas, Lynn Bowles donated Keeping and breeding corn snakes as well as Snakes as a hobby, and Kevin Osborn donated Reptile diseases and Boas and pythons. Our thanks to all three of these generous people!
Let me add a few words about Poisonous snakes of Texas. This small (just over 100 pages), well-organized book has sections on precautions that can be taken to prevent snake bite, recognizing venomous snakes, information about snake venom, snake bite first aid and medical treatment, as well as descriptions of all the venomous snakes found in Texas. It is particularly useful to see range maps showing county records for each subspecies. Each species has an entry (for example, “copperhead”, “cottonmouth”, “western diamondback rattlesnake”, etc.) which includes a description of the species and any subspecies (for example, “southern copperhead”, “broad-banded copperhead”, etc.), similar species, habitat, behavior, reproduction, food habits, and venom characteristics. The entries even discuss the meanings of the scientific names, much as the readers of this newsletter have seen Steve Campbell do. Additionally, the book includes information regarding poison control centers in Texas. For those who want to do more technical reading, the selected bibliography includes references broken down by species (that is, there are references grouped under “harlequin coral snake”, “pygmy rattlesnake”, etc.). I believe Dr. Price has written a book that really can achieve his desire to “lessen the hatred and fear and to increase the understanding of venomous snakes, the respect with which they are treated, and the appreciation with which they are regarded” (from the Preface).
The library now contains the following:
Applegate (1992) General care & maintenance of milk snakes
Balsai (1992) General care & maintenance of savannah monitors
Carroll (1991) The year of the turtle: A natural history
Coborn (1995) Boas & pythons and other friendly snakes
DeGraaf (1991) The book of the toad
Ernst & Barbour (1972) Turtles of the United States
Ernst & Zug (1996) Snakes in question
Hackbarth (1990) Reptile diseases
Leetz (1991) Snakes ... as a hobby
McEachern (1991) Keeping and breeding corn snakes
Price (1998) Poisonous snakes of Texas
Roberts & Roberts (1976) All about iguanas
Tennant (1985) A field guide to Texas snakes
Warwick, Frye, & Murphy (1995) Health & welfare of captive reptiles
Zoffer (1994) Feeding insect-eating lizards
Herpetological Review 1998, Vol. 29 #2-4
Journal of Herpetology 1998, Vol. 32 #1-4
Vivarium 1998, Vol. 9 #6 and Vol. 10 #1
Green Tracks, Inc. “Herping Expeditions” slide show (CD-ROM)