A Guide to... Australian Snakes in Captivity - Elapids & Colubrids



A Guide to... Australian Snakes in Captivity - Elapids and Colubrids is a full colour, 280 page book providing detailed information on all aspects of captive husbandry relating to the most commonly kept species of Australian Elapid and Colubrid snakes.
Over 500 full colour images support the following sections:


  • General Management. This contains information on understanding the different snake families, pet qualities, selection, handling and handling equipment, social behaviour, characteristics and habits, transportation.
  • Housing covers indoor and outdoor types of enclosures, temperature and thermoregulation, lighting, ventilation, humidity, substrates, water requirements.
  • Feeding covers nutrition and food types.
  • Breeding includes information about sexing, cues, methods, mating and courtship, care of gravid females, egg-laying and birth, incubation and neonate care.

An essential overview of Health and Diseases is presented by Dr Robert Johnson (BVSc, MACVSc (Feline Medicine), CertZooMed, BA, Grad Dip Asian Studies, CMAVA) and includes a glossary of health terms.

Individual species chapters profile:

  • Colubrids such as the Brown Tree, Common Tree and Slaty Grey Snakes and the Keelback.
  • Elapids family includes the death adders, copperheads, the Australian Coral Snake, the crowned, small-eyed and whip groups, the DeVis’ Banded, White-lipped, Bardick, Red-naped, Orange-naped, Brown-headed, Swamp and Tiger Snakes, the broad-headed group, the taipans, the hooded and large black snake group, the Red-bellied Black Snake, the large and small brown groups, the Curl and Rough-scaled Snakes and the Bandy Bandy, as well as the sole member of the Homalopsid family, the Macleay’s Water Snake.

Within each species chapter information is presented on Description, In the Wild, Captive Housing, Diet, Breeding, Longevity, Ease of Keeping, Venom and Bite, Availability and includes a distribution map.
The book is completed with a Glossary, References, Australian Herpetological Societies and Wildlife Licensing Authorities and First Aid.