Friday, June 27, 2008

Speaking of Snakes............

I’ve read several really good books that deal with snakes for those that are interested:

The Snake Charmer by Jamie James

“In the fall of 2001, deep in the jungle of Burma, a team of scientists is searching for rare snakes. They are led by Dr. Joe Slowinski, at forty already one of the most brilliant biologists of our time. It is the most ambitious scientific expedition ever mounted into this remote region, venturing into the foothills of the Himalayas. The bold undertaking is brought to a dramatic halt by the bite of the many-banded krait, the deadliest serpent in Asia. In the moment he pulled his hand from the specimen bag and saw the krait, Joe knew that his life was in grave and imminent peril. Thus began one of the most remarkable wilderness rescue attempts of modern times, as Joe's teammates kept him alive for thirty hours by mouth-to-mouth respiration, waiting for a rescue that never came.”

A Snake Hunting Guide- Methods, Tools, and Techniques for Finding Snakes

by Will Burd and Phil Peak

“A Snake Hunting Guide provides the reader with detailed information on how, when, and where to find snakes. Some of the topics covered include methods for finding snakes, tools used in snake hunting, and how to develop snake hunting sites.”

Texas Snakes- Identification, Distribution, and Natural History

by John E. Werler and James R. Dixon

“From the legendary, fear-inspiring Western Diamondback rattlesnake to the tiny, harmless Plains blind snake, Texas has a greater diversity of snake species than any other state in the country. Recognizing the public's need for a complete guide to identifying and understanding Texas' snakes, two of the state's most respected herpetologists have joined forces to create this definitive reference to all 109 species and sub-species of Texas snakes.”

Snakes-A Natural History

edited by Roland Bauchot

“The 15 authors who contributed to this handsome, four color volume discuss the biology, ecology, and geographic extent of serpents, including their physiology, evolutionary trends, reproduction, unique mode of locomotion, habitat, and lifestyle. The usefulness of serpents is highlighted; for example, their venom is often used medicinally. Unwarranted fear of snakes is allayed, snake legends are explained, and human relations with snakes down through the ages are critically reviewed.”

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