Snakes - Basic Care
(Eastern, Florida, Black, Mexican, California, Desert, Speckled..)
(Yellow, black, grey, everglade, texas ... Rat Snake)
What's Wrong With My Snake? : A User-Friendly Home Medical Reference Manual
A user friendly home medical reference. This invaluable guide identifies and explains existing and potential problems. Find out how location of a cage can affect your snake's appetite, or how a snake can become "mouse shy". Learn how to identify and correct problems associated with maladaptation, burns, constipation, dehydration, skin lesions, diarrhea, improper shedding, lack of appetite, feeding frequency, overheating, parasites, mouth rot, reproductive failure, rodent injuries, respiratory problems, vomiting, weight loss, seizures, tremors, incoordination and just about anything else that may be commonly found with the captive care of snakes. 150 pp.
Reptile & Amphibian Parasites by Eric M. Rundquist
Loaded with good information and practical, sensible, easy-to-apply advice. Great for beginners, but even the pros can learn a lot from them.
Understanding Reptile Parasites : A Basic Manual for Herpetoculturists & Veterinarians by Roger Klingenberg
An important manual for the reptile breeder. This manual takes the reptile owner beyond the simple task of care into the subject of why to prevent and how to treat parasites in our reptiles. The manual explains in simple terms the complexities of reptile parasites. It goes into the how-to of fecal floats, parasite identification and treatments. It takes the mystery out of the vet's back room. One of the shortest yet most useful chapters is "Hygiene and the Herpetoculturist". An important read for all reptile keepers and breeders.
The Guide to Plants for the Reptile Terrarium by Jerry G. Walls, Maleta M. Walls
If you are thinking of adding plants to your reptile or amphibians terrarium this book might be of interest to you!
Terrarium and Cage Construction and Care by Richard D. Bartlett, Patricia Bartlett, Fredric L. Frye
Reptile and amphibian owners add a new dimension to their hobby when they design and build terraria that simulate the natural habitats of their companion animals. This book gives directions for a variety of terrarium options. You can build enclosures in spare rooms, glass tanks, greenhouses, outdoor pools, or virtually any other available space. With this book's help, you can also transform your terrarium into a scaled-down replica of desert, rain forest, semiaquatic, or woodland environment.
The Terrarium: With Full-Color Photographs (Complete Pet Owner's Manual) by Harald Jes, Johann Brandstetter
Here are detailed instructions for constructing both indoor and outdoor terrariums in different sizes to fit different needs. Books in the Complete Pet Owner's Manuals series present basic information for new or soon-to-be owners. Advice and instruction covers feeding, housing, health care, training, grooming, and much more. Texts emphasize pet care basics and are easy for all readers to understand. All books in this series are filled with high quality full-color photos and instructive line drawings.
Design and Maintenance of Desert Vivaria by Philippe De Vosjoli, Kevin Anderson (Illustrator)
Naturalistic vivarium design is the growing trend in keeping amphibians and reptiles. Now you can create beautiful vivaria for a variety of desert reptiles including geckos, bearded dragons, cordylids, skinks, kingsnakes and various small boas and pythons. Simply follow the step-by-step method presented in this groundbreaking and highly acclaimed book. Make your vivarium a work of art! 64 pp. color.
Kingsnakes and Milksnakes : Everything About Purchase, Care, Nutrition, Breeding, Behaviour, and Training (Barron's Complete Pet Owner's Manuals) by Ronald G. Markel, Richard D. Bartlett
The best kingsnake guide for beginners. Packed full of photos and current husbandry techniques, recommended for both novice and experienced hobbyists. Excellent photographs.
The General Care and Maintenance of Common Kingsnakes (The Herpetocultural Library)
Kingsnakes are some of the most beautiful and hardy of all pet snakes. Author David Perlowin has assembled one of the most thorough books on the husbandry, captive breeding of these popular N. American snakes. Common medical problems are covered. Most subspecies and morphs are represented through many color photographs. One of the best on the subject. 71 pp.
Kingsnakes: Care & Breeding in Captivity by Ronald G. Markel
California Kingsnakes: Keeping & Breeding Them in Captivity by Ray Hunziker, Raymond E. Hunziker
Milksnakes and Tricolored Kingsnakes by Richard D. Bartlett, Patricia Pope Bartlett
Tricolors are among the most brilliantly hued snakes that are suitable as pets. This guide identifies them along with milksnake varieties, and advises on their care. Books in the Reptile Keeper's Guide series present basic information on reptiles and amphibians, and clear instructions on their care. Each book includes general information on the subject animal's natural history, distribution in the wild, life expectancy, and physical characteristics. Practical information includes purchasing a good specimen, determining sex, providing correct caging and feeding, health care, and advice for those who want to try breeding. Each book has 50-to-75 full-color photos, line art, bibliography, and an index.
Corn Snake Manual by Bill Love, Kathy Love, Bill
Two of the world's foremost breeders of corn snakes joined to write the ultimate corn snake book covering every aspect of husbandry, breeding and medicine. The authors also present an up-to-date discussion of all the current morphs. As could be expected from renowned photographer Bill Love, this groundbreaking book is illustrated by numerous color photographs showing why corn snakes are the most beautiful and best pet snakes in the world.
The Keeping & Breeding of Corn Snakes by Michael McEachern
Corn Snakes by Richard D. Bartlett, Patricia Pope Bartlett
Reptiles are among the more exotic pets - and owning them can be a very fascinating and rewarding experience. Each volume provides basic information on reptiles and specific instructions on care. All Reptile Basics Guidebooks start with a description of the animal's natural history, distribution, life expectancy, and notable characteristics. They are filled with handsome full-color photos, instructive line art, a bibliography, and an index. These brilliantly colored harmless snakes do well in captivity - if their owners know the fundamentals of housing, feeding, and general care. This book describes many subspecies native to both North America and Europe.
Corn Snakes and Other Rat Snakes (Complete Pet Owner's Manual) by Richard D. Bartlett, Patricia Pope Bartlett (Contributor), Michele Earle-Bridges, Michelle Earle-Bridges (Illustrator)
Garter and Ribbon Snakes by Richard D. Bartlett, Patricia Pope Bartlett
These closely related nonvenomous snakes are found in the wild throughout most of North America. Here is detailed advice on identification, care, and breeding. Books in this series give hobbyists basic information on reptiles' anatomy, life cycles, and traits, as well as specific instructions on care and breeding. There is expert information on selecting good specimens, determining sex, providing proper caging, nutritious feeding, and health care. All books are heavily illustrated with full-color photos.
Garter and Ribbon Snakes by William Mara, W. P. Mara
Provides a general over look of the species of garter snakes and the requirements of keeping them in captivity.
Ball Python Manual (The Herpetocultural Library. Series 300) by Philippe De Vosjoli, Philippe de Vosjoli, Roger Klingenberg, David Barker, Roger K. Dum, Tracy Barker (Contributor)
The source most recommended by ball python owners. Concise and practical information. The Ball Python Manual describes pattern variations, guidelines for selecting a healthy snake, housing, feeding, handling, and quite a bit more including disorders in ball pythons.
Ball Pythons by Richard D. Bartlett, Patricia Pope Bartlett
This large nonvenomous snake is native to equatorial western Africa. Like all tropical reptiles in captivity, it requires special care and housing--facts that are detailed in this guide. Books in the Reptile Keeper's Guide series present basic information on reptiles and amphibians, and clear instructions on their care. Each book includes general information on the subject animal's natural history, distribution in the wild, life expectancy, and physical characteristics. Practical information includes purchasing a good specimen, determining sex, providing correct caging and feeding, health care, and advice for those who want to try breeding. Each book has 50-to-75 full-color photos, line art, bibliography, and an index.
The Guide to Owning a Red-Tailed Boa by Glen Drewnowski
The book covers everything from locality data (including distribution maps for each snake and a discussion on range), through to captive husbandry and breeding. There is a very well illustrated chapter on feeding.
The Boa Constrictor Manual (The Herpetocultural Library) by Philippe De Vosjoli, Roger Klingenberg, Jeff Ronne, philip Vosjoli, Philippe De Vosjoli, Roger K. Dum
Boas : Everything About Selection, Care, Nutrition, Diseases, Breeding, and Behaviour (Complete Pet Owner's Manual) by Doug Wagner, David Wenzel (Illustrator)
Solid, useful information, pictures. A useful resource for beginner to intermediate keepers. Introduces boa characteristics and behavior, describes care requirements, and lists special health concerns.
The General Care and Maintenance of Burmese Pythons/Including Notes on Other Large Pythons (General Care and Maintenance of Series) by Philippe De Vosjoli
Keeping giant snakes requires large caging and the knowledge of certain procedures for safe handling and maintenance. Husbandry and captive breeding of this popular species is covered in great detail. The original AFH guidelines for responsible ownership and handling of large pythons are included. A chapter presents information on other giant pythons with similar care. Although a black and white book, it remains one of the best on the subject
Burmese Pythons by Coborn, John Coborn
Beginners Guide - interesting and extremely informative. 60 odd pages.
Captive Husbandry and Propagation of Boa Constrictors and Related Pythons
Includes all the species of boas from the Old and New Worlds, but emphasizes those that are most commonly kept either by zoos or individuals. Explains such factors as designing a herp room, heating devices and their application, housing, food and feeding, and reproduction. Provides colour photographs of 60 species, and describes all species in sections on the place of origin.
Pythons : Everything About Selection, Care, Nutrition, Diseases, Breeding, and Behaviour (Complete Pet Owner's Manual) by Patricia Pope Bartlett, Ernie Wagner, R. Pinney
There are approximately two dozen different varieties of this large, nonpoisonous constrictor snake, and the most important collectors' breeds are shown and described here. Information for owners includes instructions on safe handling, maintaining a healthful environment, feeding, protection against parasites, and general health care. Full-colour photos. Line drawings.
The Pythons of Australia: A Natural History by Geordie Torr, Eleanor Torr
Summarizes the current knowledge of Australia's pythons. Illustrated with 34 color photographs, the book covers anatomy and physiology, behavior, reproduction, ecology and conservation. The last chapter introduces care and breeding techniques for keeping pythons as pets.
The Guide to Owning a Python by Jerry G. Walls
Large and small, pythons are among the most commonly kept pet snakes. Ranging from the gentle Ball Python to the giant Burmese and Reticulated Pythons, this group of snakes offers something for almost any hobbyist experience level. Treated in detail are the best pet pythons (such as Ball Pythons and Carpet Pythons), the most dangerous species, and a selection of the less familiar types such as Blood Pythons and White-eyed Water Pythons. Emphasis is on captive care, including cages, feeding, maintenance, and safe handling, along with natural history and breeding. Fully illustrated in color, The Guide to Owning a Python is an excellent introduction to these fascinating snakes and should be read before any python is purchased as a pet.
Rattlesnakes: Their Habits, Life Histories & Influence on Mankind by Laurence Monroe Klauber
Anything and everything you need to know about these great reptiles! Status, morphology, the rattle, bodily functions, behavior, population and ecology, food, reproduction, venom apparatus, envenomation and its effects, treatment and prevention of envenomation, control an utilization, enemies of rattlesnakes, Indians and rattlesnakes, post-Columbian knowledge of rattlesnakes, myths, folklore and tall stories.
Rattlesnake: Portrait of a Predator by Manny Rubio, William S. Brown
It is also impossible to be neutral about this marvelous new book on rattlesnakes, the only poisonous snakes with the buzzing warning. Lawrence Klauber's monumental Rattlesnakes (1956) is the standard scholarly work on the subject, but Rubio's new semipopular work is a worthy successor, beautifully illustrated with the author's color photographs (which Klauber lacked). Fourteen chapters cover the basics of anatomy, senses, reproduction, fangs, and poison, as well as more esoteric subjects, such as rattlesnake roundups and religious snake-handling, with equal thoroughness and depth. Rubio's captivation with his subject comes through in his writing, but he is able to present the accounts of snake-handling and roundups with dispassion, allowing readers to form their own opinions on these controversial practices.
The Guide to Owning Eyelash and Temple Vipers by Ray Hunziker, Raymond E. Hunziker
This book covers the two most popular and colourful small pitvipers, the tropical American Eyelash Viper and Southeast Asian Temple Viper, both readily available venomous snakes. The author details not only the positive aspects of their status as pets but also the dangerous side of keeping "hot" snakes, including the many safety precautions necessary to avoid endangering the keeper and others. He also discusses the identification and keeping of many other palm-pitvipers (Bothriechis) and bamboo vipers (Trimeresurus) related to Eyelash and Temples, illustrated with stunning photos. Venomous snakes have a special attraction to some hobbyists, but they are not for all terrarium enthusiasts. The Guide to Owning Lyelash and Temple Vipers lets every snake keeper discover the beauty and interesting natural history of these snakes without taking unnecessary risks.
Venomous Reptiles of North America by Carl H. Ernst
A solid, scholarly natural history of all venomous reptiles north of Mexico (20 snakes and the Gila monster). Covers external morphology, venomology, and conservation with an identification key, range maps, and photos (including 55 good color plates). Likely to remain the standard reference for the next 20 years.
Collins Gem Snakes by Chris Mattison
A pocket sized book that covers 220 species of snakes, one page per species. Each page has a color photo, and a description of the snake that includes the average size, distribution, habitat, diet, breeding and similar species.
Snake: The Essential Visual Guide to the World of Snakes
Explores the lives of these mysterious reptiles, featuring some 450 stunning colour photos of snakes in action. Describes the evolution, anatomy, and behaviour of snakes, revealing secrets of their feeding habits and defensive tactics, and lists all known snake species. An illustrated gallery of some 60 snake species from around the world highlights unique features and identification aids, and describes each snake in detail. Fact files give essential information for every snake.
The Encyclopedia of Snakes by Chris Mattison
Mattison opens his large-scale study of snakes (not an encyclopedia of snakes as the title suggests) with the scientific definition of the creature and how it differs from other reptiles. He then moves on to cover their taxonomy, morphology, habitats, diet, reproduction, and protective mechanisms. Especially interesting are the discussions of the snake's relationship with humans in myth and reality. Color photographs illustrate the discussion throughout. A field day for herpetologists and snake-loving readers.
The Snake Almanac by Edward R. Ricciuti
A well illustrated, general overview of snakes and human perception of snakes written for a popular audience. Chapters speculate on the evolutionary path resulting in these reptiles, explore their physiology and behavior, their means of reproduction and their normal habitat. The book also delves into the myths surrounding snakes and the truths or falsehoods found in them, including speculations on giant snakes longer than ten meters. Additional chapters provide brief overviews of different snake species from around the world, conservation measures concerning snakes, and how to keep snakes in (as pets) or out (as pests) of the home.
Snakes by Peter J. Stafford
Contains information on lifestyle, structure, anatomy, senses, and snake locomotion. Most of the book provides a basic overview of several groups of snake (e.g. elapidae, boas, sunbeam snakes, vipers, etc.). Brief descriptions of each family are provided along with some specific details on a few individual species. The wonderful photos are included throughout the book. The "did you know" type boxes, found in each section, were of particular interest. This book neither intended as a species guide for snake identification nor for regional identification. However, it is well worth the price. Overall, well written & full of interesting facts + excellent photos.
Snakes of the World by Chris Mattison
Snakes: Their care and keeping
Keeping snakes in captivity is a relatively recent phenomenon, and snake keepers need a reliable resource. This book covers everything there is to know about keeping snakes in captivity, including biology and anatomy, proper diet, housing, and the most up-to-date health care available. 8-page colour insert. 150 photos.
Snakes : Everything About Selection, Care, Nutrition, Diseases, Breeding, and Behaviour (Barron's Complete Pet Owner's Manuals) by Patricia Pope Bartlett, Richard D. Bartlett
This general information book deals with a variety of snakes commonly available to collectors in North America, with advice on maintaining a proper terrarium, feeding, breeding, protecting against diseases and parasites, and much more. Full-colour photos show many varieties. .
Snakes: The Evolution of Mystery in Nature by Harry W. Greene, Patricia Fogden, Michael Fogden
Herpetologists are sure to rejoice at this information-dense study of the world's snakes, illustrated with more than 200 photographs of the reptiles in action. Harry W. Greene offers life histories of cobras and adders, of rattlers and constrictors, showing the astonishing variety in what is, all in all, a fairly simple form. He discusses snake locomotion, adaptation, coloration, nomenclature, mimicry, and habits; and he offers a rigorous account of herp physiology, all the while peppering his scientific prose with personal notes on encounters with sometimes testy subjects around the world. He ends his absorbing book with a detailed discussion of issues in snake conservation, especially identifying and protecting key habitats that are in danger owing to human economic development.
Snakes of North America: Eastern and Central Regions by Alan Tennant, Richard D. Bartlett, Gerard T. Salmon, Richard B. King
277 Secrets Your Snake Wants You To Know: Unusual and useful information for snake owners and snake lovers
Here's a preview of the some of the fascinating secrets for snake owners and snake lovers (and there's lots of great facts inside for lizard lovers too!) Ten ways to get snakes to "like" you more * Dirty tricks of snake sellers * Do snakes like music? * What snakes really think-and think of you * Do snakes have feelings? * Ways to save money on supplies * How to tame and train a snake * Do snakes like cats and dogs? * What snakes can see, hear, smell, and "say" *
Snakes and Snake-Hunting
Reprint of a work first published in 1957, in which herpetologist Kauffeld chronicles his experiences in the field searching (primarily) for rattlesnakes, but observing much about the whole natural world he encountered.
Snakes : The Keeper and the Kept
This book is a must for anyone who wishes to explore the world of herpetology. Unlike many fly-by-night authors, Kauffeld's books have influenced and educated several generations of naturalists. His books set the pace for all who came after him. Part how-to book part adventure book, "Snakes" brings to the reader more than just dry information. Whether it's hunting the eastern diamondback in South Carolina or searching for the elusive trans-pecos rat snake in Texas, Kauffeld takes you there.
Problem Snake Management : The Habu and Brown Treesnake
Intensive research on and management of poisonous snakes has centered on Japan, home of the Habu, and Guam, where Brown Treesnakes have killed off many native species. This book draws on that research to present comprehensive guidelines for snake management, offering a wealth of information on their biology and behaviour previously unavailable in English.
The following mini care sheets are meant to provide only basic care information. In order to provide the most accurate and up to date data I searched for and cross referenced information about the following herps on the internet, through herp magazines, and through specific herp care books. If you come across information that is inaccurate or out of date please write to me with the correct information.
I do not personally keep snakes. I receive many letters asking me for advice or to help identify the particular snake that they have found. To tell you the truth- I probably wont be that much help other than with basic, general care guidelines, most of which can be found on this page. :) If you need help identifying a snake- either take it in to a reptile store where the staff may be helpful, call your local herpetological society, or look through a book that contains many pictures of different reptiles and amphibians and see if you can identify it in the book. :)
You might also think about joining one of the many reptile or amphibian related mailing lists that are on the net, where you can ask questions about your reptile or amphibian and learn more about it. To see if there is a mailing list for the reptile or amphibian that you want to know more about please go to my mailing list page and check out all the herp lists!
You might also want to visit my Reptile and Amphibian Care Sheets page to see if I have listed any links to specific reptile or amphibian sites that you might be interested in visiting.
In addition to providing the basics of care as listed below, any new animal in your collection should be kept in a separate enclosure (quarantined) for one to six months and monitored for illness, mites or ticks, internal parasites, and treated accordingly during this period.
Please take your new herps to a qualified reptile vet for a check-up when you purchase them - or, at the very least have a fresh stool sample tested for parasites in the first week or two of having your new pet. If you don't know of a reptile vet in your area you can visit Melissa Kaplan's Herp Societies/Vets Page: http://www.anapsid.org/vets/index.html for American and international vet listings, or you can visit my Canadian reptile vet page: http://www.triciaswaterdragon.com/canrepvt.htm for Canadian Reptile vet listings.
Mar, 19, 2010
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