NEOTROPICAL TREEBOAS: Natural History of the Corallus hortulanus Complex

Author(s)

Henderson, Robert W.

 

 

Edition

Orig. Ed 2002

Pages

ISBN #

Cloth/Paper

U.S. Dollars

228

1-57524-038-6

C

$60.25

Description

Reviews

Treeboas (Corallus) occur over much of the neotropical mainland and on a number of islands. They are often conspicuous members of neotropical snake fauna, and are known for their irascible temperaments and, in some species, their highly variable color patterns. The Corallus hortulanus complex of treeboas comprises four species: 1) C. cookii on St. Vincent; 2) C. grenadensis on the Grenada Bank; 3) C. hortulanus in Amazonia, the Guianas, and Brazil's Atlantic forest; and 4) C. ruschenbergerii from southern Central America and northern South America. This book summarizes what is currently known about the natural history of each of the four species, with strong emphasis on C. grenadensis. Topics covered include color and pattern; habitat and habitat use; activity; food and foraging; predators and defensive behavior; populations; ecological relationships with other boids; and the connection between treeboas and humans. This hardcover book includes 27 graphs, 24 tables, 9 maps, and 9 black and white photos, plus 32 color photographs.

"… informative, fascinating detailed study… A scholarly and exhaustively researched book… very highly recommended for anyone with a serious interest in herpetology." -- The Bookwatch, July 2002

"Dr. Henderson uses a very entertaining and lite-hearted writing style to present massive amounts of data and details about Corallus hortulanus. This book also includes an impressive bibliography of about twenty pages. As Henderson has pointed out, very little is known about neotropical snake populations. This book is an excellent start and describes a fascinating and highly variable species. This book can be used as an instruction manual for future field herpetologists; it also provides us with much data, which could be used to improve the captive husbandry and breeding of this group. I would consider it essential to any animal library." -- Ken Naugher, Animal Keepers' Forum, December 2002

"This book was a welcome relief in as much as it was written by someone who has actually researched the species… The book is written well and is easily read, having all the necessary information presented but not being 'too heavy'. Maps and graphs are well laid out and easily understood… Throughout the book, the individual species are discussed separately. I found this a very useful point which excluded the need for cross reference and constantly dodging back and forth within the chapters… all of the photographs are excellent… this is a very useful addition to the library of anyone with an interest in boids of any type but especially in treeboas." -- Alan H. Wilkie, The Herptile, Vol.27 No.4

"… a magnificent book… richly illustrated… It would be hard to find another publication with so much information about this group of snakes, and the author's knowledge of field biology is evident. Although the book is rigorously scientific it is also a pleasure to read." -- Javier Valverde, Reptilia, No.28, June 2003

"This book was written by a scientist for scientists. But, it includes refreshing narratives that should spark amateur and professional herpetologists into a strong appreciation for this species complex." -- Scott Boback, The Quarterly Review of Biology, Volume 79 Number 1, March 2004

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