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May 29, 1937

A Key to the Rattlesnakes with Summary of Characteristics

JAMA. 1937;108(22):1913. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780220071028

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Mr. Klauber, qualified by an unprecedented experience as curator of reptiles and amphibians of the San Diego Society, handles his subject as a thorough scientist in describing species and subspecies of rattlesnakes, with a summary of their individual characters, a key for specific determinations, and life history data, of great advantage to the student. He feels a sneaking sympathy with the rattlesnake genus, which is not aroused by the moccasin.

With the appearance of this work there comes naturally to mind the fine works of the herpetologist Dr. J. E. Holbrook of Charleston, S. C., in the early forties, and especially that of Dr. S. Weir Mitchell, whose world-wide reputation rests in part on his "Researches upon the Venom of the Rattlesnake" (Smith-sonian Contributions to Knowledge, 1860). Nor should one forget the great taxonomy of E. D. Cope of Philadelphia (Smithsonian Institution, 1900). Among recent authorities are the late John

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