A POCKET GUIDE TO KANSAS SNAKES THIRD EDITION
by Joseph T. Collins & Suzanne L. Collins
with photographs by Suzanne L. Collins and Bob Gress
Published by the Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center (Wichita).
Sponsored by the Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks (Pratt), Westar Energy (Topeka), The Center for North American Herpetology (Lawrence), and the Great Plains Nature Center (Wichita).
This pocket guide covers the 38 kinds of snakes found in Kansas, all illustrated with exquisite color images. Pocket guides are an important way to get people involved with wildlife conservation, because the more people become familiar with a group of animals, the more they have invested in them and their habitat. In this guide, Joe and Suzanne Collins reveal the abundant serpent fauna of the Sunflower State, with sections on size, description, and habits.
Contains information on all Kansas serpents and organizes them in the Family Leptotyphlopidae (Slender Blind Snakes), Family Colubridae (Harmless Egg-laying Snakes), Family Dipsadidae (Harmless Rear-fanged Snakes), Family Natricidae (Harmless Live-bearing Snakes), and Family Crotalidae (Pitvipers).
New features: Taxonomy remains generally unchanged except that the Family Xenodontidae is synonymyzed with the Family Dipsadidae (resulting in both Hognose Snakes being placed in the Family Dipsadidae), the generic name of the New Mexico Blind Snake is now Rena instead of Leptotyphlops, and the Speckled Kingsnake is recognized as a distinct species, Lampropeltis holbrooki.
For greater accuracy, comprehension, and ease of use, this book has adopted the long-standing, traditional, standard common names for North American herpetofauna maintained by CNAH, published by Collins & Taggart (2009), and recently adopted in the new book, Amphibians, Reptiles, and Turtles in Kansas, by Joseph T. Collins, Suzanne L. Collins, and Travis W. Taggart (2010 Eagle Mountain Publishing).
Date of Publication: July 2010
69 pages, softbound
A free PDF of the guide can be found .