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Donald W. Duszynski and Steven J. Upton have just had published a book entitled, “The Biology of the Coccidia (Apicomplexa) of Snakes of the World. A Scholarly Handbook for Identification and Treatment.” Published September 5, 2009 by CreateSpace, a subsidiary of, it’s hot off the press! It is available at for $70, a modest price for a seminal, comprehensive book of this nature. In addition to using the most current taxonomy of snakes, this book summarizes all the current literature on the true coccidian species (Eimeria, Isospora, Caryospora, Cyclospora, etc.) and their relatives (Sarcocystis, Toxoplasma, Cryptosporidium) that have been found in snakes through 2008; in fact, there is even a 2009 reference cited on a new caryosporan found in the endangered Round Island Boa, Casarea dussumieri. Veterinarians should welcome this easily read and informative book, especially to take advantage of the chapter on chemotherapy and treatment of coccidiosis in snakes. Every field herpetologist and parasitologist, every university library, every college of veterinary medicine, and every amateur herpetologist with reptiles in their home should have a copy of this definitive work.