Neotropical Treeboas: Natural History of the Corallus hortulanus Complex includes 27 graphs, 24 tables, 9 maps, and 9 black and white photos, plus 32 colour photographs.Treeboas (Corallus) occur over much of the neotropical mainland and on a number of islands. They are often conspicuous members of neotropical snake fauna, and are known for their irascible temperaments and, in some species, their highly variable color patterns. The Corallus hortulanus complex of treeboas comprises four species: 1) C. cookii on St. Vincent; 2) C. grenadensis on the Grenada Bank; 3) C. hortulanus in Amazonia, the Guianas, and Brazil's Atlantic forest; and 4) C. ruschenbergerii from southern Central America and northern South America.
This book summarises what is currently known about the natural history of each of the four species, with strong emphasis on C. grenadensis. Topics covered include color and pattern; habitat and habitat use; activity; food and foraging; predators and defensive behavior; populations; ecological relationships with other boids; and the connection between treeboas and humans.
"This book was a welcome relief in as much as it was written by someone who has actually researched the species… The book is written well and is easily read, having all the necessary information presented but not being 'too heavy'. Maps and graphs are well laid out and easily understood… Throughout the book, the individual species are discussed separately. I found this a very useful point which excluded the need for cross reference and constantly dodging back and forth within the chapters… all of the photographs are excellent… this is a very useful addition to the library of anyone with an interest in boids of any type but especially in treeboas." - Alan H. Wilkie, The Herptile, Vol.27 No.4Robert W. Henderson. 228 pages. 2002. Hardcover. ISBN - 1575240386