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The Snakes of Trinidad and Tobago

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Scientific fact meets island folklore as Hans E. A. 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 provides in-depth information about these often feared and misunderstood creatures.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 plates 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 and gives information about what to do — and what not to do — in the event of a bite. Boos also 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 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.

Synopsis:

Hans E. A. Boos is former curator of the Emperor Valley Zoo, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, and is currently with Bushmaster Treks and Tours. He has published numerous articles on island fauna and has lectured and consulted on wildlife issues. Boos is a member of the Field Naturalists' Club of Trinidad and Tobago, the Society of the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, and the Societas Europaea Herpetologica.

Table of Contents

Taxonomy and Species Accounts. Family: Leptotyphlopidae — Thread Snakes. Family: Typhlopidae — Blind Snakes. Family: Aniliidae — Pipe Snakes. Family: Boidae — Boas and Pythons. Family: Colubridae — Harmless Snakes. Subfamily: Xenodontinae. Subfamily: Dipsadinae. Subfamily: Colubrinae. Family: Elapidae — Coral Snakes, Cobras, Mambas. Family: Viperidae — Pit Vipers (Mapepires) — Snakebite: Antidotes and Anecdotes — App. 1. The Belgian Black Stone — App. 2. Identifying Large, Diurnal, Mostly Black Snakes in Trinidad and Tobago.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781122399432
Publisher:
Texas A&M University Press
Subject:
Snakes
Author:
Hans E. A. Boos
Author:
Boos, Hans E. A.
Subject:
Trinidad and tobago
Subject:
Reptiles & Amphibians
Subject:
Snakes - Trinidad and Tobago
Subject:
Animals - Reptiles & Amphibians
Subject:
General Nature
Subject:
Nature Studies-Reptiles and Amphibians
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20010920
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
270

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Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Birds » Birdwatching
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Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Reptiles and Amphibians

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Product details 270 pages Texas A&M University Press - English 9781122399432 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Hans E. A. Boos is former curator of the Emperor Valley Zoo, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, and is currently with Bushmaster Treks and Tours. He has published numerous articles on island fauna and has lectured and consulted on wildlife issues. Boos is a member of the Field Naturalists' Club of Trinidad and Tobago, the Society of the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, and the Societas Europaea Herpetologica.
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