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The Book of Snakes

A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred Species from around the World

Mark O'Shea

The Book of Snakes

Mark O'Shea

656 pages | 2400 color plates | 7 1/8 x 10 1/2 | © 2018
Cloth $55.00 ISBN: 9780226459394 Published October 2018 For sale in North America only
E-book $33.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226459424 Published October 2018 For sale in North America only
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.
Contents
Introduction
 
Evolution & diversity of snakes
What is a snake?
Prey & hunting
Enemies & defense
Reproductive strategies
Snakes & humankind
 
The snakes
SCOLECOPHIDIA
ALETHINOPHIDIA: AMEROPHIDIA
ALETHINOPHIDIA: AFROPHIDIA: HENOPHIDIA
ALETHINOPHIDIA: AFROPHIDIA: CAENOPHIDIA
 
Glossary
Resources
Index of common names
Index of scientific names
Index of taxonomic groups
Acknowledgments
For more information, or to order this book, please visit https://www.press.uchicago.edu
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