For thousands of years, snakes have inspired both fear and fascination, and no serpent has proved more intriguing than the python. Long neglected by researchers, these remarkable reptiles have attracted increasing attention over the past few decades, and a clear picture of their
ecology is now emerging. Pythons of Australia: A Natural History is the first attempt to gather together everything known about the biology of Australia's pythons into a single, accessible and easy-to-read volume. Illustrated with 34 spectacular color photographs and some wonderfully detailed line drawings, Pythons of Australia covers anatomy and physiology, behavior, reproduction, ecology and conservation. It provides detailed accounts and descriptions of all of the species, from
the tiny pygmy python, the world's smallest, to the scrub python, which can reach up to five meters in length. Pythons are becoming increasingly popular as pets, and the book also contains a valuable overview of their captive care and breeding.
"…entertainingly written and suitable for a general audience." -- E.D. Keiser, University of Mississippi, CHOICE, January 2001
"Torr has compiled a wealth of information that integrates a huge amount of recent herpetological research, and no one interested in snakes of whatever type from whatever region of the world should overlook this excellent book." -- Dave Hyatt, Sonoran Herpetologist, 14 (5) 2001.
"For anyone with the vaguest interest in Australian
reptiles, this book is a must for the bookshelf." -- Alan H. Wilkie, The Herptile, June 2001
"… the book is perfect for the "student" developing an initial scientific interest in Australian pythons." -- Allen E. Greer, Herpetofauna, 31 (1) 2001
"This book would be an asset to anyone that has an interest in snakes especially if they have a specific interest in pythons. The information contained in the book, the easy to read format, and the
color plates make this book very desirable to have for reference material or to increase knowledge." -- Nancy A. Carpenter, Journal of Herpetological Medicine and Surgery, Volume 11, No. 4, 2001
"…a must for all those that are interested in snake natural history or the biology of pythons. Considering the quality of both printing and colour plates, the price of the book represents very good value for the money." -- Luca Luiselli, The Herpetological Journal, January