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Pythons of Australia : a natural history
Torr, Geordie.
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Publication Information:
Malabar, Fla. : Krieger Pub. Co., [2000]

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viii, 103 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
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QL666.O63 T67 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A natural history Australian pythons. Illustrated with photographs and line drawings, it covers anatomy and physiology, behaviour, reproduction, ecology and conservation. There are detailed accounts and descriptions of all the species, from the tiny pygmy python to the scrub python.

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Torr, a doctoral student studying with Richard Shine, one of Australia's most recognized herpetologists, in only 97 pages of narrative has presented a concise and readable, well-written overview on the biology, natural history, and husbandry of Australian pythons. The book is organized into a preface, seven discussion chapters, and a species account unit. Chapter 1, "History," discusses snake evolution, fossils, biogeography, and taxonomy of Australia's 13 python species. Chapter 2 characterizes several aspects of python anatomy and physiology. Chapter 3, "Behavior," covers activity patterns, social habits, home range, locomotion, thermal regulation, and other behaviors. Chapter 4 discusses reproduction and life histories, and foods and feeding behaviors are included in chapter 5. "Conservation" and "Captive Care" are treated in the final two chapters. The closing unit, "Species Accounts," provides detailed information on each species of python. The species accounts include scientific and vernacular names, range maps, and sections on description, habitat, and diet. Some 34 strikingly superb color plates supplement the species accounts. Maps, tables, graphs, and line drawings. Technical terminology is generally avoided, and the presentation is entertainingly written and suitable for a general audience. Undergraduates. E. D. Keiser; University of Mississippi