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The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug. -Mark Twain
277 Secrets Your Snake and Lizard Want You to Know by
Call Number: 639.396 C7841t / ACES
Publication Date: 1999-05-01
This sssssssscintillating book is part of Cooper's series on the secret life of animals. Prospective snake-owners will find this book an invaluable introduction, and veteran snake lovers will uncoil with laughter as they read the author's hilarious anecdotes. There is also a chapter on lizards.
America's Snake: The Rise and Fall of the Timber Rattlesnake by
Call Number: 597.9638 L578a / ACES
Publication Date: 2016-05-12
There's no sound quite like it, or as viscerally terrifying: the ominous rattle of the timber rattlesnake. It's a chilling shorthand for imminent danger, and a reminder of the countless ways that nature can suddenly snuff us out. Yet most of us have never seen a timber rattler. Though they're found in thirty-one states, and near many major cities, in contemporary America timber rattlesnakes are creatures mostly of imagination and innate fear. Ted Levin aims to change that with America's Snake, a portrait of the timber rattlesnake, its place in America's pantheon of creatures and in our own frontier history--and of the heroic efforts to protect it against habitat loss, climate change, and the human tendency to kill what we fear. Taking us from labs where the secrets of the snake's evolutionary history are being unlocked to far-flung habitats whose locations are fiercely protected by biologists and dedicated amateur herpetologists alike, Levin paints a picture of a fascinating creature: peaceable, social, long-lived, and, despite our phobias, not inclined to bite. The timber rattler emerges here as emblematic of America and also, unfortunately, of the complicated, painful struggles involved in protecting and preserving the natural world. A wonderful mix of natural history, travel writing, and exemplary journalism, America's Snake is loaded with remarkable characters--none more so than the snake at its heart: frightening, perhaps; endangered, certainly; and unquestionably unforgettable.
Coral Snakes of the Americas: Biology, Identification, and Venoms by
Call Number: 597.96 R817c / ACES
Publication Date: 1996-10-01
This monographic treatment offers all the basic knowledge about New World venomous coral snakes. It gives full description and keys for identification of all the species and subspecies, with maps of distribution and variation, including morphology, anatomy and colour patterns, as well as folklore. Natural history includes ecology, food and feeding, reproduction, enemies and defense, biogeography and evolution, with special reference to mimicry and cannibalism. Chapters on venoms and snakebite survey characteristics and effects of venom, snakebite accidents, first aid and remedies.
Call Number: 595.733168 D685d / ACES
Publication Date: 2015-03-31
A gorgeous tribute to the magic and mystique of dragonflies, with intimate photographs of their entire life cycle Almost without our noticing, dragonflies dart through our world, flying, seeing, hunting, mating. Their lives are as mysterious as their gossamer wings are beautiful. In this book Pieter van Dokkum reveals many of the dragonfly's secrets, capturing the stages of this striking insect's life cycle in unprecedented close-up photographs. He documents scenes of dragonfly activity seldom witnessed and rarely photographed. The book begins on a moonlit summer night, when an alien-looking larva crawls out of the water and transforms into a fully formed dragonfly. In the following chapters we witness dew-covered dragonflies sparkling in the morning sun, then a pair of mating dragonflies moving through the air in a twelve-legged, eight-winged dance. In the final chapter, one generation dies as the next prepares to leave the water and begin its own winged journey. Each stage is documented through van Dokkum's inquisitive lens and accompanied by information on various species of dragonflies and damselflies, their metamorphosis, and their ecological importance as insect predators.
Field Guide To Grasshoppers, Katydids, And Crickets Of The United States by
Call Number: 595.726 C172f / ACES
Publication Date: 2005-01-07
In much of North America, crickets and katydids provide the soundtrack to summer nights, and grasshoppers frequent the fields and roadsides of midsummer days. Although insects from this group have long been the bane of those who make their living from the land, grasshoppers, katydids, and crickets are themselves crucial food sources for many species of birds, reptiles and amphibians, and other creatures.Field Guide to Grasshoppers, Katydids, and Crickets of the United States introduces readers to the biology, behavior, and ecological significance of one of the most obvious (abundant, large, and colorful) and important (ecologically and economically significant) insect groups in North America, the order Orthoptera. A simple, illustrated identification guide assists the reader in distinguishing among the various groups and narrows down the options to expedite identification. The book treats more than a third of the species found in the United States and Canada in brief, easy-to-understand sections that provide information on distribution, identification, ecology, and similar species. Distribution maps accompany each profile, and 206 species are pictured in color. Black-and-white drawings highlight distinguishing characteristics of some of the more difficult-to-identify species. Sonograms provide a graphic representation of the insects distinctive sounds, which may be heard on Thomas J. Walker's website: Singing Insects of North America.This is the first treatment of North American grasshoppers, katydids, and crickets to portray the insects in full color, and it will be the first time many amateur naturalists and students have the opportunity to see the amazing and colorful world of Orthoptera, because many are cryptically colored (their bright colors evident only in flight) or cryptic in behavior (nocturnal in their habits). John L. Capinera, Ralph D. Scott, and Thomas J. Walker designed their book for amateur naturalists who wish to know the local fauna, for students who seek to identify insects as part of entomology and natural history courses, and for professional biologists who need to identify invertebrates. This invaluable field guide will be a useful supplement for laboratory and field activities and a reference for classrooms at every level.
Fireflies, Glow-Worms, and Lightning Bugs: Identification and Natural History of the Fireflies of the Eastern and Central United States and Canada by
Call Number: 595.7644 F275f / ACES
Publication Date: 2017-03-01
Fireflies, Glow-worms, and Lightning Bugs is the first-ever comprehensive firefly guide for eastern and central North America. It is written for all those who want to know more about the amazing world of lightning bugs and learn the secrets hidden in the flash patterns of the 75+ species found in the eastern and central United States and Canada. As an independent researcher working with numerous university teams, naturalist Lynn Frierson Faust, The Lightning Bug Lady, has spent decades tracking the behavior and researching the habitats of these fascinating creatures. Based on her twenty-five years of fieldwork, this book is intended to increase understanding and appreciation of bioluminescent insects while igniting enthusiasm in a fun and informative way. Species accounts are coupled with historical backgrounds and literary epigraphs to engage and draw readers young and old into the world of these tiny sparklers. A chart documenting the flash patterns of the various species will aid in identification. Clear photos illustrate the insects distinguishing physical characteristics, while habitats, seasonality, and common names are provided in easy-to-understand yet scientifically accurate language. The guide will be welcomed by everyone who wants to learn more about fireflies and glow-worms unique traits and fragile niche in the ecosystem. Features: Over 600 color photographs. Detailed accounts and anatomical diagrams of 75+ species, as well as aids in distinguishing between similar species. A first-of-its-kind flash-pattern chart that folds out on heavy-weight paper. Extensive scientific details written in an understandable and engaging way. Colorful common names, Twilight Bush Baby, Shadow Ghosts, Snappy Syncs, and more for easy species identification based on flash patterns. Tips on ideal sites and times of year for firefly watching, conservation-oriented approach.
A Guide to the Rattlesnakes of the United States by
Call Number: 597.9638 H862g / ACES
Publication Date: 2009-04-01
This beautiful guide provides color photographs of rattlesnakes native of the United states for identification and study. Found from pine forested mountains all the way to deserts and swamps, they vary in color, pattern camouflaging to the surrounds that they inhabit. Are you curious about snakes, would like to study rattlers, or are you an expert? This is a volume full of information and revelations about rattlesnakes.
The Hand of Nature: Butterflies, Beetles and Dragonflies by
Call Number: 595.7074 K453h / ACES
Publication Date: 2001-01-01
In this entomological display, Nature-as-Artist holds sway, transforming each insect into a work of art. Composed of 69 boxes, Kerchache's collection is part of a tradition that dates back to the Renaissance, when people created curio rooms to house the discoveries of the great voyagers.
Herpetology: An Introductory Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles by
Call Number: 597.6 Z83h2014 / ACES
Publication Date: 2013-06-05
The fourth edition of the textbook Herpetology covers the basic biology of amphibians and reptiles, with updates in nearly every conceptual area. Not only does it serve as a solid foundation for modern herpetology courses, but it is also relevant to courses in ecology, behavior, evolution, systematics, and morphology. Examples taken from amphibians and reptiles throughout the world make this book a useful herpetology textbook in several countries. Naturalists, amateur herpetologists, herpetoculturists, zoo professionals, and many others will find this book readable and full of relevant natural history and distributional information. Amphibians and reptiles have assumed a central role in research because of the diversity of ecological, physiological, morphological, behavioral, and evolutionary patterns they exhibit. This fully revised edition brings the latest research to the reader, ranging over topics in evolution, reproduction, behavior and more, allowing students and professionals to keep current with a quickly moving field. Heavily revised and updated with discussion of squamate (lizard and snake) taxonomy and new content reflected in current literature Includes increased focus on conservation biology in herpetology while retaining solid content on organismal biology of reptiles and amphibians. Presents new photos included from authors' extensive library
Lizard Ecology: The Evolutionary Consequences of Foraging Mode by
Call Number: 597.95153 L768 / ACES
Publication Date: 2007-07-12
The foraging mode of lizards has been a central theme in guiding research in lizard biology for three decades. Foraging mode has been shown to be a pervasive evolutionary force molding the diet, ecology, behavior, anatomy, biomechanics, life history, and physiology of lizards. This 2007 volume reviews the knowledge on the effects of foraging mode on these and other organismal systems to show how they have evolved, over a wide taxonomic survey of lizard groups. The reviews presented here reveal the continuous nature of foraging strategies in lizards and snakes, providing the reader with a review of the field, and will equip researchers with fresh insights and directions for the sit-and-wait vs. wide foraging paradigm. This will serve as a reference book for herpetologists, evolutionary biologists, ecologists and animal behaviorists.
Lizards: A Natural History of Some Uncommon Creatures, Extraordinary Chameleons, Iguanas, Geckos, and More by
Call Number: 597.95 B142l / ACES
Publication Date: 2003-05-19
References to lizards in pop culture have brought the largest group of reptiles into the public eye lately, prompting more people to keep the colourful creatures as pets. This book combines excellent vivid colour photography with interesting, entertaining text that details the lives of a variety of lizards. The result is an enlightening and often amusing book. In an easy-to-read conversational tone, David Badger provides a general overview of lizards and then digs deeper, exploring the specific characteristics and behaviours of 29 species of chameleons, geckos, skinks, iguanas, monitors, and other lizards. He discusses physical characteristics and behaviours of lizards, the natural history of selected species, the curious relationship between lizards and humans, and the current threats to lizard populations and their habitats. Features 102 full-colour photographs by the late renowned nature photographer John Netherton, this is a fascinating look at a fascinating creature.
Lizards: Windows to the Evolution of Diversity by
Call Number: 597.95 P573l / ACES
Publication Date: 2003-09-24
From tiny to gigantic, from drab to remarkably beautiful, from harmless to venomous, lizards are spectacular products of natural selection. This book, lavishly illustrated with color photographs, is the first comprehensive reference on lizards around the world. Accessible, scientifically up-to-date, and written with contagious enthusiasm for the subject, Lizards: Windows to the Evolution of Diversity covers species evolution, diversity, ecology, and biology. Eric R. Pianka and Laurie J. Vitt have studied and photographed members of almost all lizard families worldwide, and they bring to the book a deep knowledge based on extensive firsthand experience with the animals in their natural habitats. Part One explores lizard lifestyles, answering such questions as why lizards are active when they are, why they behave as they do, how they avoid predators, why they eat what they eat, and how they reproduce and socialize. In Part Two the authors take us on a fascinating tour of the world's manifold lizard species, beginning with iguanians, an evolutionary group that includes some of the most bizarre lizards, the true chameleons of Africa and Madagascar. We also meet the glass lizard, able to break its tail into many highly motile pieces to distract a predator from its body; lizards that can run across water; and limbless lizards, such as snakes. Part Three gives an unprecedented global view of evolutionary trends that have shaped present-day lizard communities and considers the impact of humans on their future. A definitive resource containing many entertaining anecdotes, this magnificent book opens a new window to the natural world and the evolution of life on earth.
Lizards of the World by
Call Number: 597.95 M435L / ACES
Publication Date: 1989-11-01
Lizards of the World offers the general reader a complete introduction to these vestiges of the dinosaur era, which have been the subject of speculation and superstition for centuries and which continue to fascinate us with their remarkable diversity of form, color and behavior. The volume examines all facets of its subject in a clear, non-technical text fully illustrated with 50 color as well as 50 black and white photos.
North American Watersnakes: A Natural History by
Call Number: 597.962 G352n / ACES
Publication Date: 2004-08-02
Many people fear snakes, and watersnakes in particular have one of the worst reputations of any snake found in North America. Some species are commonly mistaken for venomous cottonmouths, and a few may eat popular game fishes. Unfortunately, few people realize the important roles many watersnakes play in natural ecosystems and, consequently, they are still persecuted in many regions today. Seeking to overcome common misperceptions, J. Whitfield Gibbons and Michael E. Dorcas have compiled North American Watersnakes, the first comprehensive study of all fourteen species of watersnakes found in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Cuba. Individual species accounts explore all aspects of the natural history of watersnakes in North America, including their behavior, physiology, life history, ecology, and conservation. Almost 100 color photographs accompany the text, illustrating all 14 species and nearly all subspecies. Supplementing the species accounts are detailed color maps depicting each species distribution and stunning black-and-white drawings by Peri Mason. Easy-to-use keys help readers to identify specimens at hand.
Rattlesnakes: Their Habits, Life Histories, and Influence on Mankind by
Call Number: 598.12 K66r 1997 / ACES
Publication Date: 1997-07-31
This virtual encyclopedia of the rattlesnake became a natural history sensation when it was first published in 1956. The republication of the Second Edition, with a new foreword by Harry W. Greene, will give amateur and professional herpetologists alike reason to rejoice. Volume 1 covers taxonomy, physiology, and behavior; Volume 2 concentrates on the rattlesnake's interactions with other organisms, including humans. Klauber's detailed and thorough study is still one of the most complete rattlesnake references ever published.Greene's Foreword discusses the initial impact and continuing value of Klauber's work and recounts some of the advances in knowledge of rattlesnake biology during the past 25 years. Also included is an update of rattlesnake taxonomy.
Silent Sparks: The Wondrous World of Fireflies by
Call Number: 595.7644 L588s / ACES
Publication Date: 2016-04-26
For centuries, the beauty of fireflies has evoked wonder and delight. Yet for most of us, fireflies remain shrouded in mystery: How do fireflies make their light? What are they saying with their flashing? And what do fireflies look for in a mate? In Silent Sparks, noted biologist and firefly expert Sara Lewis dives into the fascinating world of fireflies and reveals the most up-to-date discoveries about these beloved insects. From the meadows of New England and the hills of the Great Smoky Mountains, to the rivers of Japan and mangrove forests of Malaysia, this beautifully illustrated and accessible book uncovers the remarkable, dramatic stories of birth, courtship, romance, sex, deceit, poison, and death among fireflies. The nearly two thousand species of fireflies worldwide have evolved in different ways--and while most mate through the aerial language of blinking lights, not all do. Lewis introduces us to fireflies that don't light up at all, relying on wind-borne perfumes to find mates, and we encounter glow-worm fireflies, whose plump, wingless females never fly. We go behind the scenes to meet inquisitive scientists who have dedicated their lives to understanding fireflies, and we learn about various modern threats including light pollution and habitat destruction. In the last section of the book, Lewis provides a field guide for North American fireflies, enabling us to identify them in our own backyards and neighborhoods. This concise, handy guide includes distinguishing features, habits, and range maps for the most commonly encountered fireflies, as well as a gear list. A passionate exploration of one of the world's most charismatic and admired insects, Silent Sparks will inspire us to reconnect with the natural world.
U. S. Guide to Venomous Snakes and Their Mimics by
Call Number: 597.961650973 Sh929u / ACES
Publication Date: 2011-02-23
This easy-to-use guide is the most comprehensive resource for snake admirers in the United States. Full-color photographs for almost every snake in the country make for easy reference, and dividing the snakes based on their regional habitats makes finding the right snake a breeze. Whether you are trying to identify a western coral snake or its mimic, the sonoran shovel nosed snake, Scott Shupe's guide is the extensive handbook for which all snake aficionados have been waiting. With full-color maps and a thorough glossary of terms, you'll be able to identify Arizona black rattlesnakes, eastern cottonmouths, and more in no time! Unlike other snake books, Shupe's guide covers the snake population of the entire United States. His expertise and knowledge of snakes is apparent in the thoughtful descriptions and handy hints on how to tell poisonous snakes from their harmless imitators. He also includes an informative natural history of the reptiles and the scientific terms by which they are referred. As a gift for a young naturalist, a reference book for your library, or a handy tool in a sticky situation, this guide is practical, useful, and fun!
Venomous Reptiles of North America by
Call Number: 597.960469 ER92V / ACES
Publication Date: 1992-07-01
Ernst documents the venomous reptiles of North America in a way that will appeal to experts and amateurs alike. This comprehensive book details the biology of the reptiles and provides insights into these often misunderstood creatures.