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What Snake is That? : Introducing Australian Snakes - Gerry Swan

What Snake is That?

Introducing Australian Snakes

Paperback Published: 13th November 2009
ISBN: 9781877069574
Number Of Pages: 152

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What Snake is That? is a comprehensive introduction to those fascinating and misunderstood reptiles - the snakes.

The book covers all the groups of Australian snakes. Where identification features are of particular interest they are provided, and key pointers offer hints to general diagnostic aspects. People are generally most interested in whether a snake is harmful, or what unusual habits it has, so within each family the genera are grouped together on the basis of how we relate to them, their ecology or other behavioural traits.

About the Author

Gerry kept geckos while at school and after moving to Australia from New Zealand in the 1960s a chance encounter with a blue tongue lizard rekindled his interest in reptiles. An Associate of the Australian Museum and past editor of the journal Herpetofauna, Gerry has written and co-authored more than 9 books about reptiles; including What Snake is That, What Lizard is That, and Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia. He also works as a reptile consultant and has a particular interest in the reptiles of the arid and semi-arid regions of New South Wales.

Steve's lifelong love affair with reptiles has taken him to some of Australia most remote places. For the past 30 years he has been working to compile a comprehensive photographic documentation of Australia reptiles. He has authored/co-authored more than 5 books, including A Field Guide to Reptiles, What Snake is That, and What Lizard is That and has written many magazine articles on reptiles. For the past 20 years Steve has worked at the Queensland Museum, educating the public, identifying their specimens and (hopefully) instilling a desire to conserve our unique biological heritage.

A very good book.


Gift from my wife and I like it very much.

Rockhampton Qld


Beautiful images...great information.


The delivery of products has been excellent, as requested time is used,it's a lovely morning start. My granddaughters and I looked at every page, read bits of info and have it nearby to squiz through. The Northern Territory has a number of snakes so this book will be helpful for identification. Just looking at for pleasure and wonder at the variety of colours, etc. I love the feel of the paper.

Northern Territory, Australia


What Snake is That?

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The Underground Movement: The Blind Snakes
Baggy Fish-Eaters: The File Snakes
A Mixed Bunch: The Colubrids
In Shallow Water and Mud: The Homalopsid Snakes
Putting On the Squeeze: The Pythons
A Venomous Australian Success Story: Elapid Snakes
The Ones To Look Out For: Dangerous Australian Snakes
Lizard-Eaters of the Night: Small, Nocturnal Elapids
Daytime Pursuit: Lizard- Eaters in the Sun
Dug, Push or Slide: The Burrowing Snakes
The Frog-Eaters: Ornamental Snakes and Mud Adders
Soggy Customers: Marsh and Grey Snakes
Lofty Elapids: the Arboreal Board Headed Snakes
Oddball Out West: The Lake Cronin Snake
Is It an Adder? The Bardick
Doing It Swimmingly: The Sea Snakes
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ISBN: 9781877069574
ISBN-10: 1877069574
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 152
Published: 13th November 2009
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 16.7  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.43

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