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
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.
The Amphibians of Tennessee (Paper)