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Stalking the plumed serpent and other adventures in herpetology
Means, D. Bruce.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Sarasota, Fla. : Pineapple Press, [2008]

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ix, 238 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Based on his more than 40 years of field research, Means, an expert on the eastern diamondback rattlesnake, reveals the biological complexity and beauty of animals that he has studied, including the rattlesnake that might have served as the model for the mythical plumed serpent of Mayan art.
Foreword / Edward O. Wilson -- The Eastern Diamondback: Gentle Ben of rattlesnakes -- River of May: New World's first snake -- Diamonds in the rough: afternoon delight -- Herpetophobia: roundups or festivals? -- Herpetophilia: Apalachicola Kingsnake -- Blue Indigo: forest ruler -- Phaeognathus: secrets in the Red Hills -- The feared cottonmouth: is it aggressive? -- Cotton Rat: base of the food web -- Alligator snapping turtle: leviathan of Southern rivers -- Ouachita earthworms: a glowing story -- Bushmasters and the volcano: silent death, violent death -- Is Tzabcan Kukulcan? Stalking the plumed serpent -- Island treasures: Nosy Mangabe -- Treefrog dines on bats: prey turns predator -- Wonambi: quest for the Rainbow Serpent -- Black Tiger Snake: glutton of Chappell -- Hunt for the Roughie: rare Kimberley relict -- The fiercey: world's deadliest -- Coastal Taipans: a dream realized -- Greenies and the Cape York Python trove -- Okefenokee alligators: congratulatory bellows.
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