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Badger, David P.
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Stillwater, MN : Voyageur Press, [1999]

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144 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
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QL666.O6 B15 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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"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

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Introductionp. 11
Chapter 1 Snakes and Humansp. 17
Chapter 2 Physical Characteristics and Behaviorp. 25
Shape and Sizep. 25
Skinp. 29
Color and Patternp. 30
Locomotionp. 35
Visionp. 38
Smell and Tastep. 41
Heat-Sensitive Pitsp. 43
Thermoregulationp. 44
Venomp. 45
Internal Organs and Functionsp. 49
Reproductionp. 54
Predationp. 58
Hibernationp. 62
Key to Scientific Namesp. 64
Chapter 3 Families and Speciesp. 67
Pythons and Boasp. 69
Burmese Pythonp. 69
Green Tree Pythonp. 70
Emerald Tree Boap. 73
Rainbow Boap. 75
Madagascan Tree Boap. 76
North American Nonvenomous Snakesp. 76
Green Snakesp. 76
Black Racerp. 79
Eastern Hog-Nosed Snakep. 80
Worm Snakep. 83
Red-Bellied Snakep. 84
Ring-Necked Snakep. 86
Corn Snakep. 88
Yellow Rat Snakep. 90
Milk Snakep. 92
Gray-Banded Kingsnakep. 93
Garter Snakesp. 95
Water Snakesp. 98
Mud Snakep. 99
North American Venomous Snakesp. 101
Copperheadp. 101
Western Diamondback Rattlesnakep. 104
Black-Tailed Rattlesnakep. 105
Tiger Rattlesnakep. 107
Pigmy Rattlesnakep. 109
International Rear-Fanged and Venomous Snakesp. 111
Asian Vine Snakep. 111
Mangrove Snakep. 112
Horned Viperp. 114
Eyelash Viperp. 117
Gaboon Viperp. 119
Mambasp. 119
Monocled Cobrap. 123
King Cobrap. 125
Chapter 4 Snake Conservationp. 129
Appendix Snake Photographyp. 135
Bibliographyp. 138
Indexp. 141
About the Author and Photographerp. 144