The Book of Snakes - Mark O'Shea (Hardcover)

A Life-size Guide to Six Hundred Species from Around the World

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Barcode
9780226459394
Department
Books
Released
15 Oct 2018
Supply Source
USA

Book

Author
Mark O'Shea
Subtitle
A Life-size Guide to Six Hundred Species from Around the World
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Univ of Chicago Pr
Language
English
Number of Pages
656
Dimensions
267 x 181mm

Summary

For millennia, humans have regarded snakes with an exceptional combination of fascination and revulsion. Some people recoil in fear at the very suggestion of these creatures, while others happily keep them as pets. Snakes can convey both beauty and menace in a single tongue flick and so these creatures have held a special place in our cultures. Yet, for as many meanings that we attribute to snakes&;from fertility and birth to sin and death&;the real-life species represent an even wider array of wonders.
The Book of Snakes presents 600 species of snakes from around the world, covering nearly one in six of all snake species. It will bring greater understanding of a group of reptiles that have existed for more than 160 million years, and that now inhabit every continent except Antarctica, as well as two of the great oceans.
This volume pairs spectacular photos with easy-to-digest text. It is the first book on these creatures that combines a broad, worldwide sample with full-color, life-size accounts. Entries include close-ups of the snake&;s head and a section of the snake at actual size. The detailed images allow readers to examine the intricate scale patterns and rainbow of colors as well as special features like a cobra&;s hood or a rattlesnake&;s rattle. The text is written for laypeople and includes a glossary of frequently used terms. Herpetologists and herpetoculturists alike will delight in this collection, and even those with a more cautious stance on snakes will find themselves drawn in by the wild diversity of the suborder Serpentes.

Non-Fiction

General Subject
Nature/Ecology
BISAC Subject 1
Nature / Animals / Reptiles & Amphibians
BISAC Subject 2
Reference / General
BISAC Subject 3
Nature / Animals / Reptiles & Amphibians
Dewey Classification
597

Author Bio

Mark O'Shea is a herpetologist, zoologist, author, lecturer, and television presenter. He is professor of herpetology at the University of Wolverhampton and consultant curator of reptiles at West Midland Safari Park. He has made ten expeditions to Papua New Guinea since 1986. Between 2009 and 2014 he was deputy leader of a team based out of Victor Valley College, California, that was conducting the first herpetofaunal survey of Timor-Leste. O'Shea has hosted numerous television series focused on snakes for the Discovery Channel, the BBC, and ITV, including four seasons as host of the Animal Planet/Discovery Channel show O'Shea's Big Adventure. He has also run a variety of herpetological field projects for the Royal Geographical Society, Operation Raleigh, Raleigh Executive, and Discovery Expeditions. O'Shea is the author of five books, including A Guide to the Snakes of Papua New Guinea. He lives in Shropshire, England.