Maricopa Audubon Society: Snakes of Arizona with Andrew T. Holycross

A fascination with snakes drove the creation of this definitive, scholarly reference that celebrates what we know about every species found in Arizona.

Written for naturalists and professional biologists, resource managers, teachers and students alike, this essential book examines all aspects of the biology of Arizona’s snakes, as supported by a complete review of the primary and gray scientific literature plus a trove of previously unpublished data and observations. Fifty-nine peer-reviewed species accounts authored by leading authorities comprise the heart of this elegant and beautiful opus.

Each account describes one snake species and discusses its taxonomy, distribution and abundance, habitat, diet and foraging biology, predators and parasites, behavior, and reproduction. The book is exquisitely illustrated with over 390 figures and photographs. Introductory chapters eloquently describe Arizona’s biotic communities, the need for action to conserve species, and other useful topics. Dot distribution maps for each species, based on vouchered records, are gathered in a concluding chapter.

This essential reference comes complete with over 3, 170 unique literature citations, inviting the reader to further explore the captivating world of the snakes of Arizona. 860 Pages. Andrew T. Holyoke and Joseph C. Mitchell, editors. Foreword by Harry W. Greene. Illustrations by Randall D. Babb.

Andrew Holycross earned his Masters degree at University of Nebraska -Omaha studying Prairie Rattlesnakes in the Nebraska Sand Hills. He earned a Ph.D. in Zoology from Arizona State University in 2002 studying the conservation genetics and natural history of two endangered species of rattlesnakes in the Southwest. In 2004 he joined the faculty at Mesa Community College and has been teaching biology courses there ever since. He is an adjunct curator for herpetology in the BioCollections at ASU. He has contributed dozens of scholarly articles to the scientific literature, co-authored the 1st and 2nd editions of A Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles in Arizona, and co-edited the book Snakes of Arizona. In addition to herpetology and teaching, his passions include outdoor activities. He is 1 of only 3 people who have hiked the entire length of Grand Canyon on both sides of the Colorado River and he started an outdoor club, the Adventure Association, at Mesa Community College in order to instill self-confidence and leadership skills in future leaders. He helped build the Red Mountain Campus in a manner that remains true to its Environmental Sustainability and Environmental Education missions.


Time and Location

  • Papago Buttes Church of the Brethren (map)
  • 2450 N 64th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85257

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  • Audience: Adult
  • Genre: Field Sciences
  • Type: Hybrid, Presentation

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Dec 07 2021


7:30 pm - 9:00 pm



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