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Edited by: William K. Hayes, Kent R. Beaman, Michael D. Cardwell,
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Jonathan A. Campbell, Ph.D.
“A uniquely exhaustive, topically organized presentation of 21st century research on every conceivable aspect of the biology of rattlesnakes, expressed in the words of specialists from the entire field. It is an advancement of knowledge indispensable not only to those interested in rattlesnakes but also to those concerned with broad topics (e.g., ecology, conservation) of concern to all animal life.”
Hobart M. Smith, Ph.D.
“The Biology of Rattlesnakes is an update of current research on this biologically and medically important group of venomous snakes. The contributors have been well chosen, the subject matter balanced, and a worthy summary of current work on rattlesnakes well-referenced. This valuable volume continues in the welcome tradition of previous volumes that publish carefully edited contributions arising from open symposia on venomous snakes. This volume is a wonderful and delightful read.”
Kenneth V. Kardong, Ph.D.
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Kent R. Beaman, M.S., is a research associate in Ichthyology and Herpetology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, California. He has published articles on a wide range of topics in herpetology. He also coauthored several rattlesnake accounts for the Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles, published by the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles. Professional website.
Michael D. Cardwell retired as Chief of Specialized Operations from the San Bernardino County, California, Sheriff’s Department in 2004. He recently conducted a multi-year field study of the Mohave Rattlesnake (Crotalus scutulatus). Before leaving southern California to continue his education in biology at the California State University in Sacramento, he contributed to other rattlesnake projects at Loma Linda University. Professional website.
Sean P. Bush, M.D., F.A.C.E.P., is a physician and professor of emergency medicine at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, California. As an envenomation specialist, he studies a number of problems associated with venomous bites and stings, including first aid treatment, antivenom safety and efficacy, and factors associated with snakebite severity. His work was the subject of the 10-part television series, Venom ER, aired by Animal Planet. Professional website.
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Foreword. GORDON W. SCHUETT
Introduction. WILLIAM K. HAYES, KENT R. BEAMAN, MICHAEL D. CARDWELL, AND SEAN P. BUSH
Research and History
Rattlesnakes: Research Trends and Annotated Checklist. KENT R. BEAMAN AND WILLIAM K. HAYES
Laurence Monroe Klauber, 1883-1968: Renaissance Man in San Diego. JANET G. KLAUBER
A Curator and His Rattlesnakes: The History of Laurence Monroe Klauber at the San Diego Zoo. KIM LOVICH, CLARK R. MAHRDT, AND KENT R. BEAMAN
Morphological Analysis of the Contact Zone between the Rattlesnakes Crotalus mitchellii stephensi and Crotalus m. pyrrhus. JESSE M. MEIK
Morphology and Physiological Ecology
Functional Specialization of the Extrinsic Venom Gland Musculature within the Crotaline Snakes (Reptilia: Serpentes) and the Role of the M. Pterygoideus Glandulae. BRUCE A. YOUNG AND KATE JACKSON
Geographic Variation in Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox) Morphology. CAROL L. SPENCER
Regional Variation and Sexual Dimorphism in Head Form of the Prairie Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis viridis): Comparisons Using New Analytical Techniques and Collection Methods. MATTHEW T. SMITH AND MICHAEL L. COLLYER
Proximate Determinants of Sexual Size Dimorphism in the Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox). EMILY N. TAYLOR AND DALE F. DENARDO
Is There an Optimal Length for the Rattlesnake Rattle? BRAD R. MOON AND ALI M. RABATSKY
Annual Variation in Time-Energy Allocation by Timber Rattlesnakes (Crotalus horridus) in Relation to Food Acquisition. STEVEN J. BEAUPRE
Learning and Evolution of Behavior
Caudal Luring as a Precursor in the Evolution of the Rattle: A Test Using an Ancestral Rattlesnake, Sistrurus miliarius barbouri. ALI M. RABATSKY
Behavioral Ecology of Feeding and Defense
Hunting California Ground Squirrels: Constraints and Opportunities for Northern Pacific Rattlesnakes. DONALD H. OWINGS AND RICHARD G. COSS
Ontogeny of Prey Preference in the Southern Pacific Rattlesnake, Crotalus oreganus helleri. JOHN P. LABONTE
Effects of Chemical and Thermal Cues on Striking Behavior and Post-Strike Chemosensory Searching in Rattlesnakes. DAVID CHISZAR AND HOBART M. SMITH
Perspectives on the Regulation of Venom Expulsion in Snakes. BRUCE A. YOUNG
The Snake Venom-Metering Controversy: Levels of Analysis, Assumptions, and Evidence. WILLIAM K. HAYES
Venom Expenditure by Rattlesnakes and Killing Effectiveness in Rodent Prey: Do Rattlesnakes Expend Optimal Amounts of Venom? SHELTON S. HERBERT AND WILLIAM K. HAYES
Factors Influencing the Antipredator Behavior of Mexican Lance-headed Rattlesnakes (Crotalus polystictus) toward Humans. MELISSA AMARELLO, KEVIN BONINE, AND DAVID LAZCANO
Population Ecology and Habitat Use
Sampling Timber Rattlesnakes (Crotalus horridus): Phenology, Growth, Intimidation, Survival, and a Syndrome of Undetermined Origin in a Northern Population. WILLIAM S. BROWN
Annual Variation in Neonate Recruitment in a Florida Population of the Pigmy Rattlesnake, Sistrurus miliarius. TERENCE M. FARRELL, MELISSA A. PILGRIM, AND PETER G. MAY
A Trophic-Based Approach to the Conservation Biology of Rattlesnakes: Linking Landscape Disturbance to Rattlesnake Populations. CHRISTOPHER L. JENKINS AND CHARLES R. PETERSON
Microhabitat Preferences of the Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) in the Hardwood Forests of Indiana. SCOTT E. GIBSON, ZACHARY J. WALKER, AND BRUCE A. KINGSBURY
Observations on the Thermal Ecology of Montane Mexican Rattlesnakes. ROBERT W. BRYSON, JR., JAMES M. MUELLER, AND DAVID LAZCANO
Thermal Ecology of Hibernation in a Population of Great Basin Rattlesnakes, Crotalus oreganus lutosus. VINCENT A. COBB AND CHARLES R. PETERSON
Movements, Migrations, and Mechanisms: A Review of Radiotelemetry Studies of Prairie (Crotalus viridis viridis) and Western Rattlesnakes (Crotalus oreganus). DENNIS JØRGENSEN, C. CORMACK GATES, AND DOUGLAS P. WHITESIDE
Coexistence of Rattlesnakes and Military Operations: Occurrence and Spatial Ecology of the Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) on the Warren Grove Gunnery Range in the Pinelands of New Jersey. RONALD M. SMITH, WALTER F. BIEN, HAROLD W. AVERY, AND JAMES R. SPOTILA
Seasonal and Annual Variation in Home Range and Movements of Tiger Rattlesnakes (Crotalus tigris) in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. MATT GOODE, JEFFREY J. SMITH, AND MELISSA AMARELLO
Ecology of the Aruba Island Rattlesnake, Crotalus durissus unicolor. HOWARD K. REINERT, LAURETTA M. BUSHAR, GIAN L. ROCCO, AND R. ANDREW ODUM
Home Range Size, Movements, and Mating Phenology of Sympatric Red Diamond (Crotalus ruber) and Southern Pacific (C. oreganus helleri) Rattlesnakes in Southern California. ERIC A. DUGAN, ALEX FIGUEROA, AND WILLIAM K. HAYES
Behavioral Ecology of Neonate Southern Pacific Rattlesnakes (Crotalus oreganus helleri) Tracked with Externally-Attached Transmitters. ALEX FIGUEROA, ERIC A. DUGAN, AND WILLIAM K. HAYES
Spatial Ecology, Habitat Use, and Survivorship of Resident and Translocated Red Diamond Rattlesnakes (Crotalus ruber). TRACEY K. BROWN, JEFFREY M. LEMM, JEAN-PIERRE MONTAGNE, JEFF A. TRACEY, AND ALLISON C. ALBERTS
Translocation of Venomous Reptiles in the Southwest: A Solution—or Part of the Problem? HUGH K. MCCRYSTAL AND CRAIG S. IVANYI
Reproductive Behavior and Ecology
Reproductive Biology of the Massasauga (Sistrurus catenatus) from South-Central Illinois. ROBERT D. ALDRIDGE, BENJAMIN C. JELLEN, MATTHEW C. ALLENDER, MICHAEL J. DRESLIK, DONALD B. SHEPARD, JASON M. COX, AND CHRISTOPHER A. PHILLIPS
Reproduction in the Eastern Diamond-backed Rattlesnake, Crotalus adamanteus, Under Optimal Conditions in Captivity. NICK CLARK AND FRED ANTONIO
Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) Mating Behavior in Southeastern New York: Female Defense in a Search-Based Mating System. EDWIN M. MCGOWAN AND DALE M. MADISON
Morphology, Reproduction, and Habitat Use of a Northern Population of Banded Rock Rattlesnakes, Crotalus lepidus klauberi. DAVID B. PRIVAL
Conservation Ecology and Education
Biological Variation, Management Units, and a Conservation Action Plan for the Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus). WILLIAM H. MARTIN, WILLIAM S. BROWN, EARL POSSARDT, AND JOHN B. SEALY
Modeling the Landscape Niche Characteristics of Red Diamond Rattlesnakes (Crotalus ruber): Implications for Biology and Conservation. KENNETH J. HALAMA, ADAM J. MALISCH, MICHAEL ASPELL, JOHN T. ROTENBERRY, AND MICHAEL F. ALLEN
Attitudes toward Rattlesnakes by the Peoples of North America and Implications for Rattlesnake Conservation. KIYOSHI SASAKI, AARON J. PLACE, AND KARA N. GAYLOR
The Grass is Rattling: A Rattlesnake Conservation Education Program and Exhibit Made Possible by a Private-Public Partnership. ROBERT L. CARMICHAEL
Venom Composition in Rattlesnakes: Trends and Biological Significance. STEPHEN P. MACKESSY
Phylogeny and the Evolution of ß-Neurotoxic Phospholipases A2 (PLA2) in the Venoms of Rattlesnakes, Crotalus and Sistrurus (Serpentes: Viperidae). STEVEN D. WERMAN
Geographic Distribution of Mojave Toxin and Mojave Toxin Subunits among Selected Crotalus Species. RANDY L. POWELL, CARL S. LIEB, AND EPPIE D. RAEL
Perspective on Venom Evolution in Crotalus. RANDY L. POWELL AND CARL S. LIEB
The Ecological and Evolutionary Context of Mammalian Resistance to Rattlesnake Venoms. JAMES E. BIARDI
Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) Envenomations in the Upper Mississippi River Valley. DANIEL E. KEYLER
Important Considerations in Developing Antivenoms. JOHN C. PÉREZ, ROBERT W. FINBERG, AND ELDA E. SÁNCHEZ
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Rattlesnakes: Research Trends and Annotated Checklist. KENT R. BEAMAN AND WILLIAM K. HAYES PDF reprint (758 Kb)
Hunting California Ground Squirrels: Constraints and Opportunities for Northern Pacific Rattlesnakes. DONALD H. OWINGS AND RICHARD G. COSS PDF reprint (1.47 Mb)
Seasonal and Annual Variation in Home Range and Movements of Tiger Rattlesnakes (Crotalus tigris) in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. MATT GOODE, JEFFREY J. SMITH, AND MELISSA AMARELLO PDF reprint (920 Kb)
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