Hard cover (cloth w/ dust jacket), 6 x 9 inches, 2.9 lbs, 400 pages, keys, 158 color plates, 183 maps, 38 illustrations, glossary, index, literature cited
This extensively revised 2nd edition is one of the best state treatments for herps, by one of the foremost authorities. The shaded range maps make it a useful reference for eastern North America, and especially the surrounding states.
The author was a native of southern Indiana where he spent his youth developing an appreciation of amphibians and reptiles while exploring natural areas along the Ohio River, especially the "Knobs" region. A long-time member of the Indiana University School of Medicine, he was an expert in the study of venomous reptiles and the toxicology of venom. Curiously, his father, who was a U.S. Senator and the first U.S. Supreme Court Justice from Indiana, attempted to dissuade Sherman Jr. from being a herpetologist. We are fortunate Dr. Minton, like so many sons and daughters, only partially listened to his father.