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The Reptiles of Tennessee

Niemiller, Matthew, Graham Reynolds, and Brian Miller

Paper Edition, $49.95t
Paper ISBN: 1-57233-949-7
Status: In Print
Publication Date: 6/25/2013

ISBN: 1572339497
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Tennessee’s biotic diversity has been well documented in field guides dedicated to its

wildflowers; trees, shrubs, and woody vines; mussels; fishes; amphibians; and birds.

Glaringly absent from this assemblage, however, is an equivalent statewide guide to

the remarkably diverse reptiles of the Volunteer State. This book fills that void by

offering the first authoritative overview of all sixty native species of reptiles occurring in

Tennessee. Both a field guide and a scientific reference, this definitive work will prove

useful to professionals who work with reptiles for a living as well as those just curious

about the various creatures living in their own backyards.

The bulk of the book is devoted to individual species accounts, each of which includes

a detailed range map and comprehensive information on identification, natural history,

and conservation of the lizards, snakes, turtles, and alligator native to Tennessee. Also

included is information on known introduced species and species whose presence in

Tennessee is questionable. Vivid color photographs illustrate each species’ various life

stages. Introductory chapters provide an overview of reptile anatomy and life history,

and of the geography, climate, and habitats in the state. Giving special attention to

reptile conservation, the book highlights various threats to Tennessee’s reptile species—

including the destruction of their habitats, malicious killing, the pet trade, hunting, and

pollution—and describes the most common methods employed by herpetologists and

wildlife biologists to safely capture and document reptiles in nature.

Complete with a checklist that will help readers keep track of reptiles they

discover, a glossary, and a list of recommended readings, organizations, and websites for

those seeking additional information, Reptiles of Tennessee will prove an essential

resource for teachers, biologists, and anyone having a stake in the conservation of

biodiversity and the natural heritage of the Volunteer State and the nation.

Matthew Niemiller and Graham Reynolds a postdoctoral research fellows at Yale

University and the University of Massachusetts, Boston, respectively, and are the

coeditors of The Amphibians of Tennessee. Brian Miller is a professor of biology at

Middle Tennessee State University who has studied amphibians and reptiles in Tennessee

for over 20 years.

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