This book showcases over forty of the most fascinating nonvenomous and venomous snakes from North America and throughout the world. In addition to John Netherton's spectacular color photographs, David Badger's vivid, nontechnical text brings you into the world of snakes by detailing their behavior and characteristics, the curious relationship between snakes and humans, and the threats facing snakes.
This book features 100 full-color photographs of everything from garter snakes, rattlesnakes, and vipers to cobras, pythons and anacondas and chapters delve into the shape and size of different breeds of snakes, the texture of the skin, and the varied color and patterns in different snake species. Even more, the book goes into detail on how snakes move and propel their bodies, their senses, and reproductive organs. Breeds like pythons, boas, green snakes, corn snake, copperhead, and cobras are all described in detail and illustrated with photographs. This book makes a beautiful reference for anyone interested in animals and natural sciences, and the perfect addition to science classrooms and academic libraries.
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David Badger, of Franklin, Tennessee, is a journalism professor, former book critic and columnist for the Nashville Tennessean, and has written and edited many other books. John Netherton, of Nashville, Tennessee, is a renowned nature photographer and a regular contributor to Outdoor Photographer. The pair collaborated on Frogs.From Booklist:
"We regard serpents with a destructive hatred purely and simply because we are taught so from childhood," as this new homage to snakes quotes from a 1919 work by naturalist W. H. Hudson. One of the hopes of author Badger and photographer Netherton was to call attention to current threats to snakes and their habitats. They succeed admirably in engaging the reader with beautiful photographs and quotes from earlier works by great naturalists and herpetologists, who were also great writers. The first chapter is a general overview of humans and snakes and is full of interesting tidbits, such as the fact that Benjamin Franklin recommended that a rattlesnake would make a good symbol of the nascent United States. The second chapter presents a primer on snake biology and behavior, and the very long third chapter is an overview of various families and species of snakes (mostly native to North America). The photographs are breathtaking in their composition, clarity, and sheer beauty, and they alone recommend the book. Nancy Bent
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