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The alligator book
Lockwood, C. C., 1949-
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Publication Information:
Baton Rouge, La. : Louisiana State University Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
xii, 130 pages : color illustrations, map ; 29 cm
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QL666.C925 L630 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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In "The Alligator Book, " a renowned wildlife photographer and naturalist devotes himself to uncovering the latest facts about this ancient, dragon-like species. 144 color photos.

Author Notes

C. C. Lockwood's photographs have been published in numerous magazines -- among them National Geographic and American Photographer -- and many books, including eight by Lockwood. In 1978 he received the Sierra Club's Ansel Adams Award for conservation photography, and in 2000 he was voted a Louisiana Legend by Louisiana Public Broadcasting. He is a native of Kansas City, Missouri, and has been a Louisiana resident for thirty-three years. He lives in Baton Rouge

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Photographer Lockwood saw his first alligator at the age of three. Later encounters with his older brother's pet alligator, and with the wild ones he found in his travels as he photographed the Louisiana wild, convinced him to devote an entire book to the species. These ancient reptiles are found in the wetland areas of the Deep South, where the author journeys in search of gators, gator farms, gator tourist attractions, and gator researchers. Lockwood gets firsthand stories from people who have survived alligator attacks--interestingly, most do not blame the animal--and mixes these with basic information on the alligator's natural history and role as a predator. Heavily illustrated with the author's photos, which range in mood from lyrical to illustrative to frenzied, the book presents a unique look at this popular American "dragon." --Nancy Bent

Library Journal Review

Awe-inspiring and astounding, the American alligator is the reptile that visitors to and natives of the southeastern United States love to fear. Lockwood (Still Waters: Images, 1971-1999), known for his marvelous photos of Southern swamps and their inhabitants (and voted a Louisiana Legend by Louisiana Public Broadcasting in 2000), toured the Gulf Coast, primarily of Louisiana and Florida, to capture the American alligator in all its prehistoric glory. In clear, lay reader terms, he provides basic information on "gator" natural history-there are a handful of pages on reproduction, food habits, taxonomy, and growth-but most of the text covers research, regulation, trapping, tourism, and alligator/human encounters. As solid as the information is, the 144 gorgeous color photographs are the true stars of the book. These images portray alligators in numerous environments, from the wild and wildlife refuges to alligator farms and theme parks. Recommended for natural history collections, especially those in the Southeast.-Lynn C. Badger, Univ. of Florida Lib., Gainesville (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Photographer/author Lockwood combines an entertaining narrative with a superb collection of color photographs into an outstanding book on the American alligator. The text, in three units, follows succinct acknowledgments and an introduction. Unit 1, "Encountering the Alligator," opens with accounts of harrowing alligator encounters and then describes alligator coloration, morphology, size records, foods, reproduction, and general natural history; a world list of crocodilians follows. Unit 2, "Research and Regulation," focuses on investigations in Louisiana's marshes, swamps, and refuges, then discusses alligator farming, population conservation, harvesting, commercial use of skins, CITES and endangered species regulations, and law enforcement. Unit 3, "Alligator Tourism," discusses alligator exhibitions and exhibitors, swamp tours, alligators in movies, and alligator symbolism in sports, jewelry, and various novelty objects. Appealing photographs, many full page or two pages in size, make up most of this volume. The text is accurate and written for easy comprehension by persons unfamiliar with technical terms. The narrative can be read in its entirety in less than two hours. The front hard cover is designed to suggest alligator skin. Appendix of zoos and tourist attractions. Summing Up: Highly recommended for high school, college, university, and municipal libraries. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through faculty. E. D. Keiser University of Mississippi

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
I Encountering the Alligatorp. 1
II Research and Regulationp. 41
III Alligator Tourismp. 87
Appendixp. 125
Bibliographyp. 129
Notes on Photographsp. 130